- Manchester City vs Atalanta saw Citizens claim a 5-1 in the Champions League win
- Sergio Aguero scored two goals in four minutes while Raheem Sterling netted a hat-trick in 11 minutes
- However, Man City had Rodri sustain an injury while Phil Foden was sent off late on
Raheem Sterling netted a second-half hat-trick as 10-man Man City hammered Atalanta 5-1 to close in on a Champions League knockout spot on Tuesday night, October 22, at Etihad.
The encounter saw Sterling score three goals in 11 minutes, with Sergio Aguero netting two times to cancel out Ruslan Malinovsky’s spot-kick opener for the Serie A side.
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The performance saw the Pep Gaurdiola’s side go five points clear at the summit of Group C log with three more games yet to be played.
City youngster Phil Foden had a decent game on the night, but was red carded after two bookable offences, with Rodri limping off.
The away side had their chances in the early moments of the game, with Robin Gosens coming close to net the opener off a clever chip, but Timothy Castagne failed to bury his header.
Man City on their part had series of good chances they failed to convert.
Sterling missed two quick chances after chipping a glaring chance wide before failing to locate a well-placed Aguero with a pass.
Aguero also drew a decent save from Pierluigi Gollini before missing to finish off a brilliant assist from Foden.
In the 26th minute, City went behind from the spot, no thanks Fernandinho’s foul on Josip Ilicic inside the area.
Malinovskyi took responsibility and sent Ederson the wrong way from spot.
Sterling assisted Aguero with a classy chance to simply tap past Gollini for the equalizer.
Moments later, City scored the second after Sterling was brought down by Andrea Masiello, with Aguero increasing the advantage from the spot.
Before the halftime break, Rodri cropped what looked like a hamstring injury, but John Stones stepped in to replace him.
After the beak, it became all Man City, with the Premier League champs netting a well-planed goal through Sterling on the 60th minute mark that left Atlanta players ball-watching.
Sterling netted City’s fourth from a defence-splitting assist from Ilkay Gundogan.
Remo Freuler had the ball in the net for Atalanta but it did not count for offside before Sterling completed his hat-trick from a top class cross from Mahrez cross minutes later.
City’s night ended the night with Foden heading for the tunnel after seeing red for pulling back Atlanta’s Marten De Roon.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Pep Guardiola admits his Manchester City squad are still not good enough to win the Champions League after missing chances against Crystal Palace in a Premier League game.
The Spanish boss claims the Citizens are not clinical in front of goal which could affect their chances of winning the elite competition this season.
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