Gabriel Jesus marked his return to Manchester City squad with a goal as the English side emerged 3-0 winners over Olympiacos in a Champions League clash staged at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
City’s intent was shown from the onset with Phil Foden two crosses forcing the visitor's defence to adjust accordingly to thwart the danger. His first spanned over the bar with the second cleared at the near post by Pape Abou Cissé.
The goal was to come in the 13th minute when Torres was to play a lovely one-two with De Bruyne, sprinting clear of Holebas and tucking the ball through Sa’s legs.
Mahrez then thought he had won his side a penalty minutes after the goal after a foul from Mathieu Valbuena, but the referee failed to award anything. Olympiacos then grew in the game with Valbuena seeing his dangerous cross gathered by Ederson before Sa over hit cross sailing past Rafinha as they looked for an equalizing goal.
City, in the 33rd minute, thought they had doubled their lead but Raheem Sterling was adjudged to be in an offside position; the hosts seeing the Torres goal being the difference in the first half.
On resumption, the visitors introduced Bruma and Pêpê for Randjelovic and Bouchalakis as they looked for that elusive goal.
The hosts almost conceded a goal in the 53rd minute when Foden mishit a back pass to Stone was snapped by Valbuena, who instead of finding the back of the net pulled his shot wide. El-Arabi was the next to test Ederson in the City goal with Bruma seeing his shot going wide later on.
With the victors raiding, Guardiola decided to make a double change in the 68th minute with Mahrez and Foden coming off for Jesus and Rodri; Olympiakos bringing on Masouras for Camara.
City had to wait until the 81st minute to double their lead and it was Jesus with the goal. Jesus collected the ball from De Bruyne outside the area, ran past Cissé, kept going a little bit too long and then from an unpromising angle hammered the ball high past Sa’s left shoulder, just inside the near post and into the roof of the net.
The goal seems to have deflated the Greek giants with City adding a third in the final minutes. Olympiakos gave the ball away in their own half, and Cancelo traded passes with Nmecha before curling a left-footer past Sa from 20 yards.
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