Unbeaten since their loss to Arsenal on October 8, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City welcomed the return of Erling Haaland – after an ankle injury forced him to miss the latter stages of their clash against Bournemouth on the weekend.
MCI: Ederson; Gvardiol, Dias, Walker; Stones, Lewis; Grealish, Kovacic, Nunes, Foden; Haaland
YB: Racioppi; Garcia, Benito, Camara, Amenda, Janko; Ugrinic, Lauper, Niasse, Elia, Itten
Returning to Europe’s biggest stage, Erling Haaland sought to add to his impressive UEFA Champions League tally on Tuesday – and that’s precisely what he did, slotting home from the penalty spot after 23 minutes when Sandro Lauper was penalised for a foul on Matheus Nunes.Embed from Getty Images
Phil Foden added a second in first-half stoppage time, combining with Jack Grealish and dancing past Ulisses Garcia before picking out the back of the net.
Six minutes after the restart, Haaland completed his brace from the edge of the penalty area, just moments before Lauper was dismissed for his second bookable offence – this time for a foul on Nathan Aké.
Manchester City’s next fixtures look set to challenge Pep Guardiola’s side, as they venture to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge before hosting Liverpool after the international break. They’ll then welcome RB Leipzig to the Etihad Stadium to round out November’s match action.