Haaland‘s eighth goal in five games,
which he scored by tapping in Kevin de Bruyne ‘s well delivered cross,
gave City the lead.
After the break,
after Yassine Bounou,
the goalkeeper for the home team, parried Phil Foden’s shot into his path,
he was once more on hand to score from close range, increasing his total.
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Between those two goals,
England midfielder Foden gave City a commanding lead in their Group G opener. Foden teased his defender Nemanja Gudelj
before unleashing a left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner of the goal.
Finally. By sidefooting Joao Cancelo’s cross into the centre of an empty net late in the game,
Ruben Dias highlighted the difference in calibre between the Premier League
champions and the team that placed fourth in La Liga the previous season.
The way in which City won and the final score were not particularly flattering,
given the visitors were in control the whole time.
Following their dismal start to the La Liga season,
Julen Lopetegui’s team lacked attacking ideas and confidence.
Since John Stones and Kyle Walker were out with minor injuries,
City boss Pep Guardiola gave Swiss defender Manuel Akanji his professional debut. However,
aside from Alejandro Gomez’s erratic first-half shot, the visitors didn’t pose much of a danger.
Manchester City defeated Sevilla 4-0 in their Champions League Group G opener thanks to goals from Erling Haaland in each half.
In an effort to increase their attacking threat,
Sevilla brought on striker Rafa Mir at halftime. However, this left them vulnerable on the counter,
which allowed Phil Foden to execute a deft dribble and score.
When Sevilla goalkeeper Bono blocked Foden’s attempt for his second in the 67th minute,
Haaland was there to score the 25th goal of his Champions League career in only his 20th appearance.
The devastation was completed in stoppage time by Ruben Dias,
who converted a cross from the superb Joao Cancelo. The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan crowd erupted in jeers as Sevilla
suffered their fourth loss in five games this season.
Full time: The majority of the time,
Sevilla’s supporters supported their team, but City’s decisive finish has caused a minor uprising. After Dias’ goal, there were booing,
and they got louder as the game came to a close. During the second stanza, Guardiola’s team was clinical to go along with their dominance. Even though the Champions League season is far from over, City is off to a strong start.
At the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on Tuesday night,
Manchester City easily defeated Sevilla 4-0 to begin their Champions League season.
Both teams had brief periods of control early on in the game,
and the visitors had the first opportunity when Erling Haaland failed to connect properly on a cross from Kevin De Bruyne
that was directed toward the edge of the penalty box.
When Jack Grealish took the ball into his stride and struck the side netting from the edge of the box at the 10 minute mark,
City quickly found their rhythm and began to click in possession.
In the first 15 minutes,
the visitors made a few counterattacks thanks to their constant pushing, which was spearheaded by Haaland. He was joined in attack by Grealish
and Phil Foden against the La Liga team.
Just after the 16th minute,
Ruben Dias found Phil Foden
with a well-weighted lofted pass over the defence, but the England international was unable to get a shot off as he advanced on Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.
After having a very difficult time in front of goal against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday,
Kevin De Bruyne skied an effort shortly after.
The Belgian was back to his best after 20 minutes when,
after snagging a through ball from Foden on the edge of the area, he fired in a cross that Haaland converted for his 11th goal of the year.
With 15 minutes till halftime and Manchester City in perfect control of the game and Julen Lopetegui’s team positioned deep in their half,
De Bruyne came near from a distance with a free-kick that went into the side netting.
The Premier League champions remained in control and came close to going up by two on a few occasions before halftime.
Around the 40-minute mark,
Thomas Delaney found Papu Gomez in Ederson’s area with a superb cushioned pass, but the Argentine forward was unable to score.
In the first half, City’s left flank,
which included Jack Grealish and Sergio Gomez,
posed a constant threat to the Sevilla defence, frequently combining with Kevin De Bruyne to play in Haaland in and around the penalty area.
The second half began with Pep Guardiola’s team holding a slim advantage that they ought to have increased,
but Sevilla had a golden opportunity to tie the game when Gomez saw his shot rise past the crossbar.
Erling Haaland has been vocal about the fact that his game entails more than just scoring goals, and Pep Guardiola has frequently emphasised this point.
What more could one ask of a centre forward,
though, after the 22-year-old scored twice to help Manchester City defeat Sevilla in their Champions League debut? Remarkably, it was his 11th and 12th goals for his new team in only seven starts.
Haaland can be left to do what he does because City’s multifaceted squad,
which at times approaches robotic perfection,
covers all other areas. And nobody in world football even comes close to his bizarre potency in and around the box.
Pep Guardiola has regularly emphasised that Erling Haaland’s game involves more than just scoring goals. He has been outspoken about this.
But when the 22-year-old scored twice to help Manchester City overcome Sevilla in their Champions League debut,
what more could one ask of a centre forward? Amazingly,
in just seven starts, he had already scored 11 and 12 goals for his new squad.
Haaland is able to focus on what he does since City’s versatile team,
which at times borders on robotic perfection,
takes care of all other duties. And no other football player in the world even comes close to his peculiar effectiveness in and around the box.
The prolific Norwegian scored the third goal for the visitors at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium to keep up his impressive start at City and his own exceptional record in the competition.
Finally. In the opening Group G match on Tuesday,
City easily defeated their undermanned Spanish opponents with goals from Phil Foden and Ruben Dias. City is hoping to finally win the elusive European championship after years of close calls.
Haaland once more grabbed the spotlight with a double that increased his City total to 12 in just 8 appearances and his career Champions League tally to 25 in 20 appearances.