Marseille 0-3 Man City: Hosts undone by Torres, Gundogan and Sterling
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Marseille 0-3 Man City: Hosts undone by Torres, Gundogan and Sterling

Manchester City made it two wins in two in the Champions League after brushing aside Marseille 3-0 in a Group C Champions League clash staged at the Stade Velodrome.

Manchester City had the lion’s share of possession in the earlier exchanges but didn’t force a save out of Steve Mandanda. As City knocked, the home side was happy to sit back and wait on the break something that wasn’t happening.

In one of the City move, Ilkay Gundogan received a pass down the right from Sterling and drilled a low cross into the Marseille penalty area with nobody on hand to convert. Moments later, a cross comes in from the left, but again there’s no-one there to head home.

If the warnings were not enough, City was to take the led in the 18th minute. A wayward pass just outside the Marseille penalty area was pounced on by Kevin De Bruyne whose low cross from the right was fired home from six yards out by Ferran Torres; the goal that was the difference in the first half.

Marseille started the second half with some vigour and enjoyed a period of sustained pressure with their right-back Hiokai Sakal drilling cross into the City box which was cleared. City response was immediate but it was Marseille who threatened again in the 55th minute. Thauvin tried a left-footed shot from distance which Ederson thought was going wide before realizing it might be heading on target; the keeper getting a wrist to it just before it’s about to hit the post.

Marseille was to withdraw Valentin Rongier for Morgan Sanson with Guardiola reacting to the change by throwing in Joao Cancelo for Zinchenko and the latter seems to have struck gold after the change with City doubling their lead through Gundogan.

Phil Foden galloped down the left flank and sent in a cross. Raheem Sterling rose above the hosts' defence to head the ball downwards with Gundogan smashing the ball home from close range.

After the second goal, City made a triple substitution with Laporte, Torres and Gundogan replaced by John Stones, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez; Marseille bringing on Dmitri Payet for Florian Thauvin

Mahrez and De Bruyne were to link up beautifully down the right for Sterling to poke home from close range for the visitors third. When 18-year-old Cole Palmer was handed his Champions League debut later on at the expense of De Bruyne, City had done the damage.

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