UCL: Manchester City Begins Title Defence With Victory
Defending champions Manchester City started its UEFA Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory against Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade, courtesy of goals from Julian Alvarez and Rodri, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England.
MAnchester City started stronger, but Red Star Belgrade stood firm and took the lead just before halftime, when Osman Bukari’s strike was allowed to stand after a VAR review for offside.
In the second half, Argentine World Cup winner Alvarez scored within two minutes of the restart as the striker rounded goalkeeper Omri Glazer to equalise for Manchester City.
Manchester City came out firing and weren’t done yet as they looked to take the lead.
Manchester City put the icing on the cake in the 73rd minute when Rodri produced a trademark strike after curling the ball into the net, beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.
The defending champions have now extended its unbeaten run at home in the UEFA Champions League to 27 matches.
We’re all @PhilFoden here, right? 😆
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 19, 2023
Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League results
Feyenoord 2-0 Celtic
Lazio 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Milan 0-0 Newcastle
PSG 2-0 Dortmund
Young Boys 1-3 Leipzig
Manchester City 3-1 Red Star Belgrade
Barcelona 5-0 Royal Antwerp
Shakhtar 1-3 FC Porto.