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Manchester City vs Club Brugge at Etihad Stadium

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Etihad Stadium Referee : Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
3rd November 2021 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘15' Phil Foden
    • ‘54' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘72' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘90'+2' Gabriel Jesus
  • 1 Club Brugge

    • ‘17' John Stones (OG)

#mancity

Commentary By David Clayton

22:21

Thank you...

Gonna wrap this up now guys as the temperature plummets - we've more from the boss coming up plus a Phil Foden interview and match highlights. See you at Old Trafford on Saturday and thanks for tuning in

22:18

Pep reaction...

"I selected a team that is as best as possible. I saw Brugge changed formation to three in the back. I know in my experience that in game four, when we have scored five, the manager thinks they can’t do the same. 

"The most important thing is qualifying and with losing in Paris these next two games are important. After the win in Belgium, we had to win tonight."

22:11

Laporte: "I'm happy with the win"

"It was tough. We're very happy with the result.

"It's always difficult in the Champions League. Club Brugge are a good team. They gave us a lot of difficulties.

"I'm very happy to play alongside John [Stones]. We've known each other a long time and we're happy to play together. There isn't many times we play in the same game.

"I'm happy today for the win."

22:05

Nedum Onuoha on BBC Radio 5 Live

 "I thought City looked okay in the first half but they encouraged Club Brugge a little bit. The way they started the second half, putting Brugge on the back foot, set the tone for the game.

"Phil Foden was running channels and getting himself into the six-yard box.

"He's such a big part of this City attack. He's so dynamic. When he's on the ball and making those runs in behind, he just changes the pace of the game altogether."


22:00

Foden: 'The boss wasn't happy'

 "I thought we were sloppy in the first half and let them get back into the game. We got in at half-time and spoke about what was going wrong.

"We changed it in the second half and played better. We looked a bit heavy.

"The manager wasn't happy [at half-time]. You have to take his advice. We changed a couple of things and were better in possession and hurt them a lot more.

"Once we get the rhythm, we play our lovely football. I'm delighted with the second half.

"I'm really happy for them [Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling]. It's important for attacking players to score.

"I'm scoring a lot of goals. I'm just enjoying it.

"It was a really important win today and puts us in a good position."

21:57

City top Group A

RB Leipzig hold PSG - though it sounds like they were the better team if the match stats are anything to go by - and City now go top with nine, PSG have eight, Brugge still in with a shout on four.

21:49

Full-time: City 4-1 Brugge

Terrific second half from City who dominated pretty much from kick-off to the final whistle. It means we need a point more to go into the Round of 16 with Brugge only able to get 10 points (we're on nine) and obviously we've won both games against the Belgians

88'

Close!

A deflected cross loops up and Zinchenko can't get a proper boot on it - the ball goes to a Brugge player but Zinchenko is there to block the shot

72'

Gundogan got in behind the Brugge defence and slid a low ball across the six yard box for Sterling to tap home - the sort of chance he'll have been dreaming about for weeks!

68'

Close!

Raheem nearly has a goal with his first couple of touches as he collects the ball, moves inside a challenge but just delays a fraction too long and his shot is smothered - he just needs that one goal and the floodgates will open

61'

Close!

Bernardo's cross is headed out as far as Ilkay Gundogan who controls and volleys in the same movement but the ball flies a couple of feet over the bar

57'

Seconds earlier Charles De Ketelaere had nipped in between City's defenders but fired a low shot wide - that could have made this a different game had it gone in 

54'

Mahrez's cross from the left missed any of his team-mates, but Cancelo picked up the loose ball and his perfect cross found the head of Mahrez who couldn't miss - that's two assists for our Portuguese 'defender'

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Shaun Goater on Matchday Live:

"Brugge have back five morphing into a six, a way of stifling City, Gundogan hasn’t been able to sneak into those gaps. When we scored, I thought that would be the start but we didn't lead long enough for us to get that momentum."

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Half-time: City 1-1 Brugge

Frustrating night in many ways - the final pass in and around the box hasn't been good enough but Brugge have been much more dogged and determined. 45 minutes more to come, though and plenty of time to find another goal or two

34'

Brugge have been much better than the first leg so far - that 5-1 home defeat to City would have hurt and they are trying to restore pride this evening - and doing a decent job

27'

Tonight's referee is Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz who you may recall sent Pep off against Liverpool in the UCL quarter-final at the Etihad and refereed the Champions League final against Chelsea. Not our luckiest official!

20'

City will feel hard done by but that's what this competition is all about - no easy games, total focus for 90 minutes... that said that was incredibly unlucky for Stones

Open
17'

Brugge level straight away

Moments after a superb Ederson save a cross came in that flipped up and struck Stones in the face and bounced into the net. All square...

15'

Goal stands!

City 1-0 up. It came after a delightful Cancelo chip hit the inside of the post, but Foden, then Mahrez kept alive before a cross from Cancelo  was tapped in at close range by Foden

19:56

Big 'We're with you Guido' flag has been unfurled in the West Stand  for our injured supporter from Belgium Guido De Pauw who remains firmly in our thoughts....

19:52

Lots of people arriving late judging by the packed aisles - those blue foil flags are waving and the lights have gone down inside the stadium. Very effective...

19:46

I'd estimate about 1,500 Brugge fans have made the short journey across the English Channel which is a very decent turnout. Away supporters make UCL nights and we had hardly any against RB Leipzig due to various restrictions. 

19:33

Don't' concede!

Shaun Goater on Matchday Live:  "City with 11 goals in three UCL games, this is what we are averaging and it's really impressive. Pep has an attacking team and I anticipate that tonight we will have a good score. But I care more about having a clean sheet."

19:14

Michael Brown on Matchday Live

 "I think its a great starting XI - you always wonder with the reaction, ,team choices and the options Pep has as there are so many he can use. Rodri Gundogan and Bernardo is a great midfield three. I think its a strong side, an attacking one and an exciting one." 

18:59

Goals galore?

An hour to go, folks - excited for the game? I predict goals - and as we've scored a bucketful already this season and Brugge have found the net in all 17 of their fixtures so far, it looks a fairly safe bet. I can sense swathes of people now thinking that 0-0 is likely...

18:56

Just the small matter of the Manchester derby this weekend still to come, but Pep has made it clear that Brugge is the most important fixture of the week

18:45

Team News: Three changes for City

This is how we line up tonight...Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Rodrigo, Gündogan (c), Bernardo, Mahrez, Grealish, FodenSubstitutes: Steffen, Carson, Dias, Aké, Sterling, Jesus, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, PalmerTeam News: Three changes for CityThis is how we line up tonight...

Our line-up tonight....

Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Rodrigo, Gündogan (c), Bernardo, Mahrez, Grealish, Foden

Substitutes: Steffen, Carson, Dias, Aké, Sterling, Jesus, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Palmer


18:34

Just watching the players arrive at main reception with that team news now just 10 minutes away. A smattering of Brugge fans are already in the stadium and looks they have brought a good following judging by the away section that's been marked out for them.

18:23

Victory against Brugge would take City to nine points and effectively needing one more point to book a place in the Round of 16, with a home game against PSG and trip to Red Bull Leipzig still to come.

17:59

We're a couple of hours away from kick-off, but we'll have the team news at 18:45 (GMT) and plenty of build up ahead of the game. I see a blanket of blue foil away to my right so looks like the players will get a lively welcome when they walk out....

09:45

Hello!

And welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s Champions League game against Club Brugge.

City currently sit second in Group A after three matches, but victory against the Belgian champions this evening would see us take a huge step towards qualification for the knockout stages.

Pep Guardiola's men can take plenty of confidence from our previous encounter against Brugge, in which we secured our greatest winning margin in an away European tie.

But our opponents have more than proven that they're not in the Champions League to simply make up the numbers, claiming four points from their first three matches in Group A.

Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 (UK), while live updates will also be available throughout the build-up, match action and post-match reaction beginning from 18:00.

Other games that day

  • Milan1
    FC Porto1
    FT
  • Real Madrid2
    Shakhtar Donetsk1
    FT
  • Liverpool2
    Atlético de Madrid0
    FT
  • Borussia Dortmund1
    Ajax3
    FT
  • Sporting CP4
    Besiktas0
    FT
  • RB Leipzig2
    Paris Saint-Germain2
    FT
  • Sheriff Tiraspol1
    Internazionale3
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Paris Saint-Germain 4 +3 8
3 Club Brugge 4 -6 4
4 RB Leipzig 4 -5 1
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