Unsurprisingly, it was a generally lackluster match, which took place in front of sometimes drowsy stands. It must be said that this Manchester City – Sevilla, played as part of the 6th day of Group G of the Champions League and won by the Mancunians (3-1), offered a fairly limited stake because, even before the kickoff sending off, the Sky Blues were guaranteed to finish first in the pool and the Andalusians third.
This is why Pep Guardiola had established many young players, such as Cole Palmer (20), who had little impact as right-hand torchbearer, or left-back Sergio Gomez (22), who not only had little carried the danger, but who was involved in the opening of the Sevilla score, from a corner, via a header from Rafa Mir (1-0, 31st).
Two assists and a goal for Alvarez
On the other hand, Rico Lewis (17), at the right-back position, made a strong impression with his activity and his goal, the first of his professional career: it was he who equalized with a flat foot unstoppable right, after a nice deep opening from another talented young Citizen, Julian Alvarez (1-1, 52nd). The latter was the great architect of Mancunian success, because he then gave the advantage to his team, taking advantage of a caviar from Kevin de Bruyne, entered three minutes earlier (2-1, 73rd).
After a loss of the ball from Sevillian defender José Angel Carmona, the Argentinian delivered a second decisive pass, which this time took advantage of Riyad Mahrez, who adjusted from the left Yassine Bounou (3-1, 83rd). Throughout the game, the latter weakened his defense by the poor quality of his raises.
Thorgan Hazard scores in Copenhagen
Moreover, at the same time and in the same group, FC Copenhagen won a draw at home against Dortmund (1-1). Thorgan Hazard first took over a cross from Felix Passlack (0-1, 23rd), before Hakon Arnar Haraldsson equalized with a powerful shot, thanks to a good back serve from Viktor Claesson (1-1, 41st). Again, it was a meeting without stake, because Borussia was assured before the meeting to finish second in this group G, and its opponent last.