Mahrez shines as Manchester City thrash Atalanta in the Champions League

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Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2019-20
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The Algeria international played a key role as Pep Guardiola’s men secured a comeback victory against the Italian side

Riyad Mahrez provided an assist as Manchester City pummelled Atalanta 5-1 in Tuesday’s Champions League game at Etihad Stadium.

The 28-year-old was handed his third start in the competition this season and put in an impressive shift to help the Citizens extend their winning run to four games in the European tournament.

Mahrez sent in a fine cross to Raheem Sterling in the 69th minute, which the England international fired home to complete his hat-trick in the encounter.

Earlier, the Italian side had opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Sergio Aguero and Sterling scored two goals apiece to place Pep Guardiola’s men on the path of victory.

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Algeria international Mahrez featured for the duration of the game in his 18th appearance in the tournament.

The win helped the Premier League side strengthen their position at the top of Group C with nine points from three games.

Mahrez will hope to maintain his impressive form in the reverse fixture at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 6.