Manchester City’s progress into the knockout stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League had already been secured. Still, they made sure that no stone was left unturned as they demolished Dinamo Zagreb with a blistering second-half showing. Although the home side took the lead in the tenth minute, Gabriel Jesus stepped up to the plate three times to grab a European hat-trick, while Phil Foden did well to tap in the fourth. The win means that Manchester City finishes the group stage with 15 points.
Here are the Manchester City players rated in their win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Claudio Bravo – 6
The second-choice Manchester City keeper was untroubled for most of the night owing to his team’s dominance. Arguably should’ve got a better hand on the Zagreb opener.
Joao Cancelo – 6.5
Helped out well in attack whenever the opportunity presented itself but was beaten on the flank on multiple occasions. Made some good passes and positioned himself well to receive balls as well.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6.5
The centre-half, like the rest of the City defence, didn’t have too much to do thanks to the good work done by the City midfielders. Made some key blocks and was a force from set-pieces as well.
Eric Garcia – 6.5
A product of the Manchester City academy, the youngster, showed himself in an excellent light throughout the night but arguably should’ve got to the pass in to Dani Olmo a lot quicker.
Benjamin Mendy – 7
The Frenchman was a constant threat down the left flank and made some neat runs into space as well. Played the pass of the match to find Jesus for his third goal on the night.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
The German looked in excellent form on the night as he played a variety of tricky and intricate passes to dumbfound the Zagreb defence. Played a huge part in the lead-up to Foden’s goal as well.
Rodri – 7
The midfield destroyer dominated the centre of the park with his physical presence and passing rage. Ensured that the ball kept moving, making things even harder for the home side.
Phil Foden – 9
The youngster was at the heart of everything positive that this City side did on the night, and it was his energetic run that led to the Citizens’ opener. Positioned himself superbly to grab a goal too.
Riyadh Mahrez – 6
The Algerian had a tough night down the right flank as he kept coming in and out of the game. Looked decent when in possession, but didn’t get involved as much as he would’ve liked.
Gabriel Jesus – 9
The Brazilian prodigy was at the top of his game tonight, popping up at the perfect places to bag three goals for City. The second goal, which involved some skilful dribbling and a neat finish, highlighted just how confident he is feeling right now.
Bernardo Silva – 6.5
The Portuguese sensation tried hard to make things happen and did well for the most part. Played a neat ball into the box to assist Phil Foden, and had some good dribbles into the box as well.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
The versatile full-back is returning from injury, and it’s good news for City fans that he was able to come on and see out the last half hour of the tie.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Added a bit of energy to the front-line, but by that point, City were already in cruise control. Had a golden opportunity to get on the scoresheet late on, but couldn’t get it past Dominik Livakovic.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis – NA
Came on too late to have an impact.
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