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Manchester City maintained a perfect start to their Champions League campaign as Gabriel Jesus scored on his return in a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos at the Etihad.
Ferran Torres scored in his fourth consecutive game in the competition to give Pep Guardiola’s side the lead after just 12 minutes, but the contest did not evolve into the formality City’s fast start had promised.
Mathieu Valbuena missed a glorious chance to level 10 minutes into the second period before Jesus came off the bench to settle the contest with an unstoppable finish from a tight angle (81).
City added a third as fellow substitute Joao Cancelo’s speculative drive surprised Jose Sa (90) to cap a routine win that preserves their 100 per cent record from three group stage matches ahead of facing Liverpool on Sunday.
Following the result, Olympiakos remain third in Group C while Porto are three points behind City in second place after winning 3-0 against Marseille on Tuesday.
Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Stones (7), Ake (7), Zinchenko (6), De Bruyne (7), Gundogan (7), Foden (6), Mahrez (7), Torres (8), Sterling (7).
Subs: Gabriel Jesus (6), Rodri (6), Joao Cancelo (6), Bernardo (n/a), Nmecha (n/a).
Olympiakos: Jose Sa (7), Rafinha (6), Semedo (6), Cisse (5), Holebas (6), M’Vila (5), Bouchalakis (4), Camara, Randjelovic (4), El Arabi (5), Valbuena (6).
Subs: Bruma (7), Pepe (5), Masouras (n/a), Hassan (5), Soudani (n/a).
Man of the match: Ferran Torres.
Olympiakos entered the game without Kostas Fortounis through injury and with a dismal record in England having won just twice in 17 visits, but the most recent of those wins came against Arsenal in the Europa League in February.
City have scored 23 goals this term – 13 fewer than they had plundered this time last year – but there’s a growing feeling they are now slipping into gear after an inauspicious start. Guardiola’s men are looking increasingly capable of steel as well as silk and led 1-0 at the break.
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