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Sevilla v Manchester City Live Commentary, 06/09/2022

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E. Haaland (20)
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Next up, Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, with Sevilla travelling to Espanyol in LaLiga.
Manchester City are victorious in their first Champions League game of the season, beating Sevilla 4-0. Haaland gave the visitors the lead going into the break, turning in a De Bruyne cross, before City put on a ruthless second half display. A smart finish from Foden inside the box doubled City's advantage before Haaland got his second of the game. He latched onto a rebounded shot from Foden to make it 3-0 before Dias got a late fourth in stoppage time.
João Cancelo
Manchester City
90' + 2' Cancelo's low cross from the right is perfect, allowing a simple finish for Dias. City now sit at the top of their Champions League group.
Rúben Dias
Manchester City
90' + 2' GOAAALLL! DIAS SCORES! 4-0 CITY! A late fourth for City who complete a route. Cancelo’s ball across is met by the incoming Dias who has the easiest finish of the night from close range.
90' + 1' HOW HAVE THEY NOT SCORED? Palmer shoots low with Bounou palming the ball away before Alvarez has a shot cleared off the line.
90' + 1' Mahrez wins a free-kick next to the corner flag after being brought down by Acuna.
Rafa Mir
Yellow Card
89' Mir gets a yellow card after a high boot on Akanji.
87' Phillips has completed all nine of his passes since coming onto the pitch. He looks at home in the City midfield.
85' City are slowing the tempo of the game down with some patient possession play.
82' This is City manager Pep Guardiola’s first meeting with Sevilla since March 2012 in LaLiga as Barcelona boss, goals from Xavi and Lionel Messi securing him a 2-0 win. Guardiola has won just one of his last seven UEFA Champions League away games against Spanish sides (D1 L5), a 2-1 win at Real Madrid with Man City in February 2020.
81' Manchester City will move to the top of their Champions League group with one more goal. They are currently level on goal difference with Borussia Dortmund.
A. Januzaj
78' Substitution for Sevilla. Isco is replaced by Januzaj.
K. Phillips
Manchester City
78' Substitution for City. Rodrigo is replaced by Phillips, who is making his Champions League debut.
R. Mahrez
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
78' Substitution for City. De Bruyne is replaced by Mahrez.
75' Cancelo stings the gloves of Bounou, who palms away his shot from the edge of the box.
P. Gómez
73' Substitution for Sevilla. Gomez is replaced by Suso.
72' Dolberg has looked bright since coming on for Sevilla, but Akanji and Dias have completely nullified him.
C. Palmer
P. Foden
Manchester City
70' Substitution for City. Foden Cole is replaced by Palmer.
J. Álvarez
E. Haaland
Manchester City
70' There will be no hat-trick for Haaland. He is replaced by Alvarez.
E. Haaland
Manchester City
67' GOAAAALL! HAALAND SCORES AGAIN! 3-0 CITY! Bounou pushes Foden’s original shot into the path of the striker, who rolls the ball into an empty net to get his second of the match.
64' OFFSIDE! Gundogan has the ball in the net but it will not count. Foden played the ball into the midfielder, but the England international was offside when he latched onto the original pass.
İ. Gündoğan
J. Grealish
Manchester City
62' Substitution for City. Grealish is replaced by Gundogan.
62' HAALAND GOES CLOSE! A wonderful ball into the box by Gomez is met by the striker who diverts the ball over the ball.
João Cancelo
Manchester City
58' Cancelo gets the assist with a simple pass across the box to Foden who did well to find space and drive the ball into the bottom corner.
P. Foden
Manchester City
58' GOAAALLL! FODEN SCORES! 2-0 CITY! Foden gets his first Champions League goal of the season. Receiving a pass from Cancelo, Foden beats Gudelj with his quick feet before firing the ball into the bottom corner.
K. Dolberg
Alex Telles
57' The third substitution for Sevilla. Telles is replaced by Dolberg.
56' Sevilla have won just one of eight group stage games against English Premier League sides in the UEFA Champions League (D3 L4), beating Arsenal 3-1 in November 2007.
55' Navas puts in a dangerous cross for Sevilla, but Ederson reads it and collects with ease.
54' Rodri curls a shot towards goal after receiving a pass from Grealish, but the midfielder's attempt from the edge of the box goes high and wide.
52' Unlike the first half, Sevilla have a striker ready on the counter. Mir is the sole attacker who is looking to receive the ball when the hosts have possession.
51' Cancelo brushes off a Sevilla defender before dragging a low shot wide of the post.
50' Silva's cross is met by Haaland, but he flicks his shot wide of the goal.
48' BIG CHANCE FOR CITY! Receiving a pass from Haaland, De Bruyne bursts towards the goal. One-on-one with Bounou, the goalkeeper pushes the low shot wide.
46' The game is back underway.
Rafa Mir
I. Rakitić
46' Substitution for Sevilla. Rakitic is replaced by Mir.
Joan Jordán
T. Delaney
46' Substitution for Sevilla. Delaney is replaced by Jordan.
It's difficult to say which team will be happier going into the tunnel. City have the lead, but have scored just once despite their dominance. They have had nine shots so far but just two on target, with the hosts defending well. Behind by just the solitary goal, Lopetegui will know that his side can still get something out of this game, but they must risk conceding another to get a goal themselves.
Manchester City lead at the break thanks to a goal from Haaland. Dominating the first half, the striker broke the deadlock after latching onto a cross from De Bruyne, who fired the ball across from the right to the unmarked striker. Sevilla have been forced to sit deep, having just two shots (none on target) in the opening 45 minutes.
43' De Bruyne looks for Haaland after Grealish finds the captain down the left. Sliding in, Delaney clears the ball off the feet of the incoming striker.
40' BIG CHANCE FOR SEVILLA! Delaney's pass finds Gomez inside the box, but the attacker fires his shot wide at close range.
38' Haaland gets another shot away, reaching a through ball from Grealish. Bursting down the left of the box, the angle was tight, with Bounou pushing the tame strike away from the goal.
37' De Bruyne curls a deep free-kick into the box looking for Akanji but Sevilla clears away.
35' Gomez looks for Haaland in the box with a low cross, but Carmona clears the ball away from danger.
32' Telles puts a corner in the box, with Grealish clearing the ball to the feet of Acuna. On the edge, the defender drills his low shot wide of the post.
30' De Bruyne takes the free-kick from the left, but the City captain hits the side netting.
29' Silva wins a free-kick on the edge after being taken down by Gomez. Foden and De Bruyne standing over the ball.
26' Sevilla have not been a threat going forward. They are yet to have a shot. City have had six.
24' Before his goal today, Manchester City striker Haaland had scored 23 goals in 19 Champions League appearances, the best goals/game ratio of any player in the competition’s history (1.2 – min. 10 apps). The Norwegian scored eight goals in six appearances for Salzburg and 15 in 13 for Borussia Dortmund, with four of his goals coming in two matches against Sevilla in 2020-21.
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
20' De Bruyne gets another assist for Haaland. He received the ball from Foden down the right, looking across the box once before firing the ball into the path of the striker who couldn't have had an easier finish.
E. Haaland
Manchester City
20' GOAAAALLL! HAALAND SCORES! 1-0 CITY! Haaland opens his Champions League account for City. Lurking in the middle of the box, the striker latches onto a cross from De Bruyne, poking the ball in from close range.
20' De Bruyne shoots again after receiving the ball from Grealish, but the ball goes well over once again.
18' Foden takes a brilliant touch and bursts into the box. The England international is then tackled by Acuna, who comes away with the ball.
15' A rare poor shot from De Bruyne. Bursting forward, Haaland's pass reached Foden who set the ball to the City captain. On the edge, De Bruyne fires well over the bar.
13' Grealish now shoots towards the goal. Cutting in from the left, his strike at the near post rustles the side netting. Bounou did not look worried.
12' Cancelo shoots after Dias dribbled past multiple defenders, but his attempt from the edge is blocked.
10' Foden chips a ball forward to Cancelo. Running forward, the defender attempts to lift the ball over his marker, but it runs out for a goal-kick.
8' Haaland has his first shot of the game. Latching onto a cross from De Bruyne, the striker heads the ball wide.
7' Manchester City are competing in the Champions League for a 12th season - all coming in a row since 2011-12. Only Real Madrid (26), Barcelona (19) and Bayern Munich (15) are on longer ongoing runs of consecutive appearances in the competition (including 2022-23). The Citizens have progressed from their group in each of their last nine seasons in the tournament.
4' Navas twists and turns down the right and puts a cross in but the ball is cleared away by Cancelo, who was unchallenged.
2' Silva drives forward with the ball but his cross to Foden is overhit.
1' Haaland gets this Champions League encounter underway.
This will be the second season in which Sevilla and Manchester City meet in major European competition; the only previous instance saw the Citizens win home and away in the 2015-16 Champions League group stage.
Manchester City make three changes to the side that drew with Aston Villa on the weekend. New signings Akanji and Gomez come into the team, replacing Stones and Walker who are both nursing minor injuries. Gundogan also drops to the bench, with Grealish replacing him.
Sevilla make five changes to the team that was defeated 3-0 by Barcelona last time out. Tells, Navas, Delaney, Carmona and Gomez all come into the side, with Gonzalo Montiel, Erik Lamela, Fernando, Jordan and En-Nesyri all dropping out. Navas, Fernando and Rekik all had a spell at City.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Scott Carson, Cole Palmer, Ilkay Gundogan, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Stefan Ortega Moreno, Julian Alvarez, Riyad Mahrez, Rico Lewis, Nathan Ake, Kalvin Phillips.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Sergio Gomez; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish.
SEVILLA SUBS: Adnan Januzaj, Joan Jordan, Kasper Dolberg, Gonzalo Montiel, Rafa Mir, Fernando, Youssef En-Nesyri, Alberto Flores Lopez, Enrique Jesus Salas Valiente, Marko Dmitrovic, Karim Rekik, Suso.
SEVILLA (4-4-2): Yassine Bounou; Jose Carmona, Nemanja Gudelj, Tanguy Kouassi, Alex Telles; Jesus Navas, Ivan Rakitic, Thomas Delaney, Marcos Acuna; Isco, Alejandro Gomez.
As for Manchester City, they have collected 14 points out of a possible 18 in the Premier League, drawing 1-1 with Aston Villa last time out. Last term, Pep Guardiola’s side were knocked out of the competition by winners Real Madrid. Losing 5-4 on aggregate at the semi-final stage, City will be looking to lift the Champions League for the first time this campaign.
Sevilla have had a difficult start to the season, with Julen Lopetegui’s side winless in their first four LaLiga matches. Losing 3-0 to Barcelona last time out, the Spanish outfit sit 17th in the league, with their only point of the season coming in a 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid. Last season, Sevilla finished third in their Champions League group, behind Lille and Red Bull Salzburg.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Champions League clash between Sevilla and Manchester City.