Manchester City put in a masterful performance to route Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their opening fixture of the 2016/17 Champions League at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
A hat-trick by Sergio Aguero and a late goal by substitute Kelechi Iheanacho ensured the Citizens began life in Europe under Pep Guardiola with a comfortable win.
City underlined their intentions as they bossed the game right after Borussia Monchengladbach kicked-off, winning a throw-in in less than a minute of play. ‘Gladbach appeared to be on the back foot after that, but credit to them, as they made the effort to also attack the Premier League club with Oscar Wendt looking like he would cause trouble for the hosts.
It wasn’t to be however as Sergio Aguero, having missed last weekend’s Premier League win over Manchester United, showed his quality by connecting to a delicious Aleksandar Kolarov cross to give the Citizens the lead after only nine minutes.
City went close to doubling their lead three minutes later but Ilkay Gundogan’s effort was save by the ‘Gladbach goalkeeper. Pep Guardiola’s side continued to dominate with the Bundesliga club showing signs of danger albeit intermittently.
The home side would then go ahead again in the 28th minute, Aguero converting from the spot after Gundogan had been felled in the area. The rest of the half progressed with City ending it just the way they started.
Just like they finished the second half, City came out from the break to continue dominating their guests, with Aguero looking lively and going close to scoring his and his side’s third. For ‘Gladbach, Wendt continued to look their most dangerous outfit, but they couldn’t make any of efforts count unfortunately.
With the game progressing just the way City would have wanted and with ‘Gladbach looking for avenues to hurt, them, it was Aguero again who got on the scoresheet to complete his hat-trick. The diminutive Argentine was found by Raheem Sterling, and he wasted no time in beating Sommer in goal for the visitors.
With City looking like they were done with the day’s business, Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho added a fourth, only minutes after coming on as a late substitute.
Manchester City XI: Bravo; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernandinho; Navas, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sterling; Aguero
Borussia Monchengladbach XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Christensen, Strobl; Johnson, Kramer, Dahoud, Wendt; Raffael; Stindl, Hahn
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