It only took four seasons, but Manchester City seem to have finally cracked the Champions League.
The Citizens produced arguably their best half of European football to date to lead Sevilla 3-1 at the break tonight, with Raheem Sterling getting them going with this beautifully-taken opener.
The England star helped create his first Champions League goal with a delightful bit of movement, and showed great confidence in slotting home with his weaker foot to put City ahead on 10 minutes.
More strikes of this ilk will help the £49m signing from Liverpool – fee reported by the Daily Express – help shrug off the notion that he is not a natural finisher. He now has four goals in his last four starts.
Sterling played a major role in the build-up to Fernandinho’s goal three minutes later as City entered dreamland against an opponent who has never lost a Champions League group-stage game at home.
They were brought back down to earth slightly when Benoit Tremoulinas snuck it at the back post to make it 2-1 on 25 minutes, but Wilfried Bony restored City’s cushion from a precise Jesus Navas cross.
Victory for the Citizens, whose best performance in four previous Champions League campaigns is the first knockout round, would secure them passage from Group D if there is not a winner between Juventus and Borussia Monchengladbach, who were level at 1-1 after this evening’s first half in Germany.
Half-time: Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City
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