The English Champions cruised to a 4 – 0 win over Sevilla in their first match of the UEFA Champions League campaign. Sevilla, who have been out-of-form since the start of the new season did little in way of a fight back. Phil Foden scored City’s second, which was sandwiched between Erling Haaland’s double before Ruben Dias scored City’s fourth late in the second half.
“I think his [Haaland] numbers in all his career, even in previous teams, is quite similar,” City boss Pep Guardiola said.
“He has an incredible sense of goal. We have incredible numbers in terms of goals and we need to continue like that. Another battle against Tottenham and hopefully we can continue.”
The majority of Sevilla’s problems in the first half came from Haaland. The Norwegian caught De Bruyne’s cross on the volley to give his team the lead after 20 minutes.
Three minutes after the break, a counterattack started by Haaland and De Bruyne ended with the latter advancing on goal with only Bono to beat. However, the Moroccan goalkeeper made an outstanding save to deny the Belgian.
After 58 minutes, Foden turned and shot from the edge of the area into the far corner to give Guardiola’s team a well-deserved two-goal lead.
Nine minutes later, Haaland scored his 12th goal in a City jersey, capping off a commanding performance as he tapped in Foden’s deflected shot. Twenty minutes from the end, the impressive striker was replaced by Julian Alvarez.
Sevilla struggled to pose a threat to the Premier League champions in any way as City comfortably controlled possession throughout the game. Just before the final whistle, Ruben Dias even added a fourth goal by converting Joao Cancelo’s cross.