Erling Haaland scored two more goals, while Manchester City got off to a great start in their last Champions League match with a convincing 4-0 win over Sevilla.
The prolific Norwegian maintained his stunning start at City – and his own outstanding record in the competition – by pulling ahead at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and scoring the third goal.
Phil Foden and Ruben Diaz also struck as City, who were finally aiming to win the elusive European crown after years of near-failure, confidently knocked out their limited-overs Spanish rivals in the first leg of Group G on Tuesday.
The headlines became Haaland’s property again after the double, as a result of which his total number of cities increased to 12 in just eight matches, and his total result in the Champions League-to 25 in 20 outings.
Sevilla must also be sick of seeing it after hitting them four times in a two-way match for Borussia Dortmund in 2021.
His performance certainly sidelined City’s defensive problems.
With John Stones, Kyle Walker and Aimeric Laporte issued, manager Pep Guardiola hired Manuel Akanji for his debut and offered Sergio Gomez the starting line-up.
They were practically not checked after Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, under pressure after a bad start in LaLiga, fielded a conservative team. Former City striker Jesus Navas made a peril breakthrough at first, but the hosts quickly switched to damage limitation training.
City threatened when Haaland headed in, Joao Cancelo’s attempt was blocked and Jack Grealish shot into the side netting.
Kevin de Bruyne also blew up twice, but quickly found his way to drop Harland.
The Belgian was played by Foden, and he struck the first shot from the right flank, which Harland read perfectly and played from close range 20 minutes before the end.
City’s dominance continued: De Bruyne struck a free kick into the side netting, and Haaland paired with Grilish, and then shot at Yasin Buna from close range.
Sevilla created an opportunity to turn the tide of the game shortly before the break when Alejandro Gomez shot through Thomas Delaney, and the hosts tried to start the second period in a positive way.
They pushed City away, but the visitors held out and almost snatched a second when Haaland sent de Bruyne into the goal, but Bubu made a beautiful stop out of the blue.
Haaland deflected the volley badly and Rhodri fired higher before City doubled their advantage shortly before game time thanks to Foden’s well-taken effort.
The visitors fell to the right, and Foden showed great composure in the penalty area to deceive Nemanja Gudel and strike with his left foot into the bottom corner.
Substitute Ilkay Gundogan refused to be offside against Foden, but Haaland caught his second goal in the 68th minute when he jumped on the rebound after Bunu saved Foden.
In the end, Suso struck the goal of Sevilla in the 82nd minute, but Diaz scored an unconditional victory for City after Julian Alvarez shot from the penalty area in added time.