Thursday, December 9

The city passed over Bruges: – Football game


(Club Brugge-Manchester City 1-5) Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City did not give the home team the chance to imagine anything. Bruges was the victim of overtaking from start to finish.

LONGER WAIT: Kyle Walker is celebrated by his teammates after securing Manchester City’s 3-0 win against Club Brugge in the Champions League match in Belgium.

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Statistics from the European Football Association showed that Manchester City had had the ball 66 percent of the time after 37 minutes. It was very flattering for the home team, which until then had been played mostly.

And so it went on. Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and whatever they call themselves, Manchester City’s star players, bypassed lesser-known Brugge players with the most obviousness and growing self-confidence.

After 45 minutes, the ball possession statistics adjusted to 69/31.

– Let’s enjoy this. A soccer game that is a complete propaganda. City: The way they dominate is overwhelming, TV 2’s Erik Thorstvedt commented in the licensee’s Champions League studio during halftime.

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His colleague Petter Myhre added almost dryly that he, as a coach, for Lillestrøm, would like his team to look like this.

Then Manchester City led 2-0.

After almost sustained high pressure, City relaxed a bit, for Phil Foden, so to speak. He sent a very long “post” from the midline, towards Joao Cancelo, when some pressure took the ball with his chest and left it greasy between the legs of Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

PROMISING: Cole Palmer, 19, had been on the court for two minutes when he scored his first Champions League goal: 4-0 at Manchester City.

By then, half an hour had passed into the game, which didn’t seem like a game.

13 minutes later, Kevin De Bruyne, with Mignolet’s butt on Brügge’s 16-meter line, touched the ball to Riyad Mahrez, who a moment later fell victim to a clear clearance. Mahrez was quick to his feet, grabbed the ball, placed it on the penalty spot and then kicked it to Mignolet’s right.

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A show of force on many levels.

It spread further in the second half. Especially when Kyle Walker made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute. The previous game was a stumble, straight, but not the obstruction type. Flick, flick – that is, double flick – to the back-walker, who followed the elegance in an elegant way.

– A beautiful new City score. This is party football, the TV 2 commentator exclaimed, without risking being accused of going to the NRK radio commentator in the industry.

4-0 in the 67th minute of teenager Cole Palmer (19), his first goal in the Champions League, after a play by Jack Grealish and a goal pass from Raheem Sterling. Then Palmer and Sterling had been on the field for two minutes, as backups for Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden.

Bruges got their consolation goal nine minutes from time. After a couple of touches to the ball, seen from the right wing, the ball ended up on the right foot of Hans Vanaken. He sped it up on a City road sort of past City goalkeeper Ederson about 10 yards away. It was, strictly speaking, the consolation of the poor. Three minutes later, Mahrez scored his second goal of the night.

Sterling could and should have added 6-1 in overtime, just for saying that.


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