Zagreb 1-4 Manchester City: Citizens top Group C as Shaktar drop to Europa League

Zagreb 1-4 Manchester City: Citizens top Group C as Shaktar drop to Europa League

Manchester City ended the group stages on a high note as they beat Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 to top group C. 

It was an excellent evening for Manchester City as they fought back from an early Zagreb goal to run out comfortable winners thanks to Gabriel Jesus' hattrick and Foden strike. It was not Dinamo Zagreb's night though as they crashed out of Europe altogether after Atalanta's 3-0 win in Shakhtar.

Olmo goal 

Zagreb took the lead in the 10th minute after creative a number of chances at it was indeed a lovely strike from Olmo. City backed off down the right and Gojak sent a direct ball into the heart of the box. Olmo watched it over his shoulder then fired an exceptional volley from a tight angle that beat Bravo at his near post. 

Jesus goal

City found the leveller in the 34th minute but Zagreb players were not happy as they felt the visitors should have kicked the ball out as two of their players were down injured.

Foden made the first break down the left and two Zagreb players tried to take him out. They ended up tackling each other rather comically and one stayed down. The play progressed and Jesus won a battle with Dilaver on the touchline, who also went down calling for a foul that wasn't there. City played on and a cross from the right found Jesus at the back post, he rose above his marker and thumped a header home.

Jesus brace 

Five minutes after the second half started, City were ahead and it was a pure class from the Premier League defending champions. Foden and Jesus moved the ball quickly down the left edge of the box that left Zagreb chasing shadows. Foden fed Jesus in the box who then dummied his way past a challenge and finished into the far corner. 

Jesus hattrick 

Four minutes later, Gabriel Jesus completed his hat-trick with a tap in. Zagreb looked demoralized and City were in full flow. Foden was again at the heart of the move down the left. He threaded a ball in behind for Mendy, who had been poor up until this point - but he found a killer final ball towards the back post and Jesus, at full-stretch, poked the ball home at the back stick.

Foden goal 

Gundogan slid the ball through for Bernardo Silva, who cut it back for Foden. It was a simple finish for the young Englishman and it rounded off an excellent night for him and City.