Coming into this tie, it was evident as to why Manchester City were the heavy favourites on the back of eight consecutive UEFA Champions League victories at the Etihad Stadium. The opening stages saw the hosts take the front foot expectedly as they had the opportunity to climb to the top of Group A. ‘City’ didn’t hesitate to break the deadlock and seized the initiative inside 15 minutes. João Cancelo found himself in space and his cross allowed Phil Foden to tap home into an open goal.
Brugge wasted no time in showcasing their resilience and hit back immediately. Hans Vanaken’s strike forced a solid save from Ederson before Charles De Ketelaere turned a cross back towards goal, which John Stones inadvertently turned into his own net, bringing the Belgian side back level.
Attempting to show glimpses of their 5-1 victory in the reverse fixture just two week ago, ‘City’ piled the pressure on the robust ‘Blauw-Zwart’ defence until it finally crumbled. Mahrez, who scored a brace in the 5-1 win, found himself in the ideal position to nod home Cancelo’s perfectly weighted cross. Raheem Sterling added a third in the latter stages when he tucked home at the back post following great work from İlkay Gündoğan, who laid it on a plate for the Englishman. Compiling the Belgians misery was Gabriel Jesus, who coolly tucked home the fourth deep into stoppage time as ‘City’ romped to victory.
Victory for Pep Guardiola’s side ensures they are the only team to inflict defeats on the Belgian outfit in their last eleven encounters. The result sees the hosts open up a sizable gap on Philippe Clement’s side with ‘Blauw-Zwart’ still awaiting their first win against an English opponent.