Stones scores twice as Man City see off Feyenoord
John Stones scored twice as Manchester City got their Champions League group campaign under way with a commanding win over Dutch side Feyenoord in Rotterdam.
Stones registered City’s fastest ever goal in the competition with a header after two minutes as Pep Guardiola’s men made a perfect start.
Sergio Aguero doubled the lead after 10 minutes, latching on to Kyle Walker’s cross and volleying into the roof of the net to claim his 23rd goal in 41 Champions League games for the club.
Gabriel Jesus netted on his Champions League debut as City went 3-0 up after 25 minutes, the Brazilian calmly slotting into an empty net after Benjamin Mendy’s shot had been palmed out by Brad Jones.
Feyenoord improved after the break but City still had too much for them, Stones adding his second with another header from a corner to wrap up a one-sided win for the Premier League side.
In the other game in Group F, Shakhtar Donetsk beat Napoli 2-1 in Ukraine.
Fast-starting City exploit Feyernood frailties
Before the game, Guardiola said City had “to win respect in Europe” after making it past the last 16 just once in seven Champions League campaigns, and failing to win any of their last six away games in the competition while conceding 14 goals.
City will not earn that respect on nights such as this, earning big wins against limited opposition, but they did what they had to do with efficiency and style.
They were also aided by poor defending by Feyenoord, back in the Champions League for the first since the 2002-03 season, with Stone’s opener trickling in after home defender Tonny Vilhena made a comically inept attempt to clear off the line.
Aguero’s fine finish was much more about City’s crisp and clean passing play, but Feyenoord’s defensive shortcomings where there for all to see for Jesus’ strike and Stones’ second.
Feyenoord, managed by former Barcelona and Arsenal defender Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, went into the match on a run of four straight wins at the start of the new Eredivisie season but could pose no threat to the visitors.
Just 28% possession and one shot on target betrayed the hosts’ lack of invention, and Van Bronckhorst’s switch to a back four to a three in the second half perhaps spared them an even bigger defeat.
More to follow.
- 4St. JusteBooked at 38mins
- 33BotteghinBooked at 66mins
- 6van der Heijden
- 21AmrabatSubstituted forLarssonat 78′minutes
- 8El Ahmadi
- 10VilhenaBooked at 40mins
- 19BerghuisSubstituted forToornstraat 45′minutes
- 29KramerBooked at 40minsSubstituted forVenteat 72′minutes
- 25FernandinhoSubstituted forSanéat 72′minutes
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 17De BruyneBooked at 15mins
- 21SilvaSubstituted forDelphat 67′minutes
- 10AgüeroSubstituted forSterlingat 60′minutes
- Szymon Marciniak
- Shots on Target
Match ends, Feyenoord 0, Manchester City 4.
Second Half ends, Feyenoord 0, Manchester City 4.
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jeremiah St. Juste (Feyenoord).
Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).
Miquel Nelom (Feyenoord) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Miquel Nelom (Feyenoord).
Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benjamin Mendy.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Miquel Nelom.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jeremiah St. Juste.
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Sam Larsson (Feyenoord).
Substitution, Feyenoord. Sam Larsson replaces Sofyan Amrabat because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
Jean-Paul Boëtius (Feyenoord) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dylan Vente.
Substitution, Manchester City. Leroy Sané replaces Fernandinho.
Substitution, Feyenoord. Dylan Vente replaces Michiel Kramer.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord).
Hand ball by Jan-Arie van der Heijden (Feyenoord).
Substitution, Manchester City. Fabian Delph replaces David Silva.
Eric Botteghin (Feyenoord) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Eric Botteghin (Feyenoord).
Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Brad Jones.
Attempt blocked. Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sofyan Amrabat.
Goal! Feyenoord 0, Manchester City 4. John Stones (Manchester City) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Eric Botteghin.
Attempt blocked. Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling replaces Sergio Agüero.
Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.
Corner, Feyenoord. Conceded by John Stones.
Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).
Jan-Arie van der Heijden (Feyenoord) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.