Champions League: Álvarez Shines As Holders Man City Cruise To Winning Start


Holders Manchester City recovered and came from behind to outclass Red Star Belgrade 3-1 in their Group G opener with Julián Álvarez scoring twice at The Etihad on Tuesday.


Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the opening period but were guilty of wayward finishing and trailed to a sucker-punch just before halftime as Osman Bukari broke clear to finish in style.


City began the game on a 26-match unbeaten run in Champions League home games and normal service was resumed almost immediately after the restart as Álvarez levelled after combining with Erling Haaland.


A misjudgement by Red Star keeper Omri Glazer allowed an Álvarez cross to go into the net on the hour and Rodri made it 3-1 with a clinical finish after 73 minutes as City made it 19 home wins in succession in all competitions.

Source: Leadership Newspaper