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Manchester City Beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 in UCL

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Manchester City Beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 in UCL

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Julian Alvarez rescued Manchester City when Red Star Belgrade surprisingly scored first at the Etihad Stadium. This happened as the defending champions started their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday.

Before surprising Pep Guardiola’s team, the visitors’ goal had faced a lot of pressure. They shocked everyone when Osman Bukari scored just before the end of the first half. But Alvarez maintained his impressive early-season performance by equalizing just two minutes into the second half. He received assistance from Red Star goalkeeper Omri Glazer, who struggled to handle Alvarez’s free-kick, causing the ball to sail into the far corner of the net. Rodri sealed the scoring with a calm finish 17 minutes before the end of the match.

Red Star was anticipated to be an easy opponent for City, especially after their successful season last year, which included winning three titles, and their flawless start to the new Premier League season with five wins in as many games. However, the English champions created challenges for themselves due to inaccurate shooting, even though Glazer made some impressive saves for the Serbian team before halftime.

Both Rodri and Alvarez forced Glazer to make difficult saves, and Erling Haaland hit the crossbar with a header from very close range. Phil Foden then missed an even simpler headed chance, directing it straight at the Israeli goalkeeper.


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City’s limited squad depth due to injuries was evident as they could only name eight substitutes out of the allowed 12, with two of them being goalkeepers. Bernardo Silva was substituted just before half-time, with Jeremy Doku coming on, possibly indicating another injury concern for Guardiola.

During the first 45 minutes, Red Star had spent very little time in City’s half, but City was caught off guard when Bukari made a quick break and confidently scored past Ederson.

The Ghanaian’s celebration was briefly halted due to the offside flag. However, a VAR review showed that he had actually been in an onside position because of Ruben Dias. City wasted no time in taking control after halftime, making sure that Red Star’s early shock goal would be the only surprise of the night. Even though Haaland didn’t score, his smart pass setup Alvarez to round Glazer and score the equalizing goal.

Despite all the good work done by the Red Star goalkeeper, his mistimed punch unintentionally guided Alvarez’s free-kick into the top corner of the net, erasing his previous efforts.

Rodri emerged as the hero for City when they secured their first-ever European victory by defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul in June. The Spanish player is developing a knack for scoring crucial goals. The midfielder had too much space near the edge of the penalty area and made the most of it by placing a precisely curled shot into the far corner, sealing the three points for his team.

“After winning the treble we need to be the type of champions who prove (to) ourselves that we are able to make a comeback,” Pep Guardiola said afterward. “We have things to improve in general, but that’s really, really good.”


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