Sevilla 0 – 4 Manchester City


Erling Haaland netted twice and netted 12 times in seven games for Man City as they kicked off their Champions League campaign in style with a 4-0 win over Sevilla.

City’s new superstar scored twice in the Group G opener with Phil Foden and Ruben Dias also getting in on the act as Pep Guardiola’s quest to win a maiden Champions League with the club took a hit perfect start.

Haaland was on hand to convert a Kevin De Bruyne cross on 20 minutes before Foden reversed a clever second goal in the far corner after the break. City, who were at their best, made the game ultra-safe in the 67th minute when Haaland tapped home after Foden’s shot was parried, meaning the Norwegian striker has now scored 25 goals in just 20 Champions League appearances.

Dias completed the scoring in injury time in an emphatic victory.

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Phil Foden celebrates after scoring Man City’s second goal against Sevilla

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Player ratings

Seville Bono (6), Angel Carmona (6), Gudelj (6), Nianzou (6), Telles (6) Navas (6), Rakitic (6), Delaney (7), Isco (6), Acuna (6), Papuan Gomez (6)

Subtitles: Dolberg (6), Suso (6), Jordan (6), Januzaj (6)

Man City: Ederson (7), Akanji (7), Gomez (7), Dias (7), Cancelo (7), Rodri (8), Foden (8), Bernardo Silva (7), De Bruyne (8), Grealish (7) ), Haaland (8)

Subtitles: Gundogan (7), Palmer (7), Alvarez (7), Phillips (7)

Man of the match: Erling Haaland

How the elegant city swept away Seville…

Man City aren’t usually at their best when crossing the border into Spain having won just three of their last 13 visits, but they have settled into Sevilla so easily.

De Bruyne had already shown his telepathic wavelength with Haaland on eight minutes when the forward cleared his cross from the post. Sevilla ignored this warning.

Man City team news: Jack was back!

Pep Guardiola has given new signing Manuel Akanji a full debut at the heart of City’s defence. He partnered Ruben Dias with injured John Stones and Sergio Gomez playing on the left. There was a change in the fluid attacking form of Villa’s draw as Jack Grealish made his first appearance for four games after injury.

Foden spotted De Bruyne’s clever run down the right edge of the box and he swept a devastating cross into the box from six yards out, knowing full well his striker would read the situation. Haaland stretched his athletic frame and pushed the ball from close range for his 11th goal in what was a remarkable start to his City career.

Sevilla, who had lost three of their four La Liga games this season and looked bereft of confidence, decided to launch two forwards in the second half to try and fend off Man City. However, this only opened up the field further for the visitors and Foden began to appear in dangerous positions.

He scored his goal in the 58th minute by knocking down a no-look finish into the far corner from the edge of the box. Foden was involved in the third, and Haaland’s second, when faster footwork set up a strike that Bono obediently parried straight into his path. Safe to say he didn’t miss.

Guardiola had the luxury of resting Haaland, De Bruyne and Foden for the final 25 minutes, but City didn’t ease off and Dias was on hand to power home a Riyad Mahrez cross.

On this evidence, Manchester City will take a few stops in this competition.

What happens on the hill? This is Erling Haaland.

Lewis Jones of Sky Sports writes:

It’s just a monster.

He’s only been on these shores for seven games, but it’s getting hard to write anything clever or groundbreaking about his powers. Check the bucket of superlatives. It’s already empty.

Better then to talk about facts and figures.

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring Man City's third goal against Sevilla
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Erling Haaland has scored twice for City

City’s new superstar netted twice in the Champions League Group G opener against Sevilla, taking his tally to 12 in City colours. The Norwegian striker has now scored 25 goals in just 20 Champions League appearances.

There will be more to come, too.

There should have been more at Sevilla but his teammates, with the exception of De Bruyne, still seem to struggle to fire direct balls through the box or into Haaland’s feet. The transition from having to score the beautiful goal to a more simple and robust one takes time to sink in.

Take for example Phil Foden’s goal which made it 2-0. As play developed on the right edge of the box with Joao Cancelo, Haaland made three separate runs into pockets of space in the box and demanded the cross. Each time his request was not satisfied, was he sulking? He the heck. He just kept stepping back into more space waiting for the ball. Eventually the ball found Foden and it could have slid past Haaland, who was in space again, but he reversed a quality finish in the far corner.

When City players are working on the ball, Haaland is almost always on, who knows what’s possible.

A monster season, most likely.

De Bruyne: Haaland will be even better

Kevin De Bruyne to BT Sport:

“I try to do my job, make the right moves and create as many chances as possible.

“I know that somehow Erling will be there. At the moment he is scoring goals and that helps us win games. It’s a perfect start for him.

“I think the way he has adapted to us is really good. Apart from goals there is still another part of the game and I think that part is maybe more difficult to adapt.

“But that makes it more exciting. If he can adapt to the way we play there then the level will go up. That’s what we demand of him. He knows and we know we can still do better but it’s only positive.”

Pep: Haaland has incredible senses

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Speaking after Erling Haaland scored twice in the 4-0 win over Sevilla in the Champions League, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he is not worried about his form as the stats speak for themselves.

Pep Guardiola said: “We didn’t have a good first half, we wanted to attack too fast. When they were playing better, we scored the second with a brilliant action from Phil. After that it was easy.

“I think his [Haaland] the numbers throughout his career, not just here, are pretty similar. He has an incredible sense of purpose. We have an incredible number of goals scored, so we want to continue like this. Another battle next Saturday against Tottenham, so hopefully he can keep scoring goals.”

Man City’s last matches in the Champions League

September 14: Borussia Dortmund (H) – kick off 8 p.m.

October 5: FC Copenhagen (H) – kick off 8 p.m.

October 11: FC Copenhagen (A) – kick off 5:45 p.m.

October 25: Borussia Dortmund (A) – kick off 8 p.m.

November 2: Seville (H) – kick off 8 p.m.




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