Manchester City 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb as it happened: Citizens cruise past Dinamo to make it two wins from two
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Man of the Match
Despite only coming on as a second-half substitute, my Man of the Match goes to Sterling.

The English winger scored the first and assisted the second, making a real difference following his introduction from the bench.

Full-time: Man City 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
City make it five home wins in a row in the Champions League for the first time in their history.

The champions of England could've won by many more tonight, although will be happy to make it two wins out of two.

Dinamo boss Bjelica is also booked for his protests against the referee.
90+5' Goal! City wrap up the three points
Dinamo threw a number of men forward, allowing City to break and Sterling to set up Foden to grab City's second.

The Blues have dominated the game from start to finish, and that's the least they deserve. 

Fernandinho is booked for a challenge on Olmo.

One final chance for Dinamo to pump the ball into the area.

There will be five additional minutes.
Final change for City - Foden replaces Silva.
Jesus replaces Aguero.
The VAR check is over - no penalty!
Two appeals for penalties for City, firstly as Gundogan is brought down before Aguero goes down following pressure from Peric.

A VAR check will follow.

Mahrez pulls the ball back to Gundogan, although the German fires over the bar from the edge of the area.
Silva again pulls the ball back to Aguero who is challenged brilliantly by Dilaver just before he pulls the trigger. 

Not the Argentine's night, so far!

Gavranovic replaces Theophile-Catherine for Dinamo.
Cancelo players the ball across to Aguero, whose header is saved by the excellent Livakovic.
Guardiola is booked for his protests as he feels Sterling should've been awarded a penalty.
Peric is booked for a late tackle on Mahrez.
66' Goal! City break the deadlock
Substitute Sterling breaks the deadlock for City!

Rodri picks out Mahrez wide on the left flank, who squares the ball to Sterling for a tap in from a few yards out - 1-0 at last!

Peric gets across brilliantly to deny Aguero following Silva's teasing ball into the area.
First change for Dinamo - Gojak replaces Orsic.
The Blues still completely dominant, although Dinamo defending heroically. The Croatians would be delighted with a point.
A first change of the night for City as Bernardo is replaced by Sterling.
Gundogan's cross in towards Aguero is punched away by Livakovic - Man of the Match so far!
A mixup between Peric and his goalkeeper almost allows Aguero with a simple chance, although Dinamo again manage to get it clear.
Back underway!
City get us back underway in the second-half.
Half-time: Man City 0-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Incredibly, the sides go in level, despite City's dominance.

The chances slowed down towards the end of the half as Dinamo tightened up at the back. 

Still all to play for!

There will be three additional minutes at the end of the first 45. 
Silva goes down inside the area under pressure from the Dinamo defence, although the referee waives away the Spaniard's protest.
The visitors still defending with practically every man behind the ball.

The champions of England have been limited to fewer chances in the past 10 minutes.

The 1500 Dinamo fans in fine voice following a lengthy trip to Manchester.

Delighted that their side are still level in this one.

City still dominant in possession and chipping away at Dinamo's backline.

The Croatian's fortunate to still be level.

Aguero has the ball in the back of the net, however, the referee had already blown his whistle for a handball against the Argentine in the build-up.
Yet another chance squandered by City as Silva gets on the end of a Mendy cross to poke just wide of the goal.
City break down the other end and Silva pulls the ball back to the edge of the box where Gundogan waits to side foot the ball against the crossbar - so close!
Peric heads straight at Ederson from a corner - Dinamo's first shot on target!
Cancelo is booked for a high tackle on Olmo.
Guardiola's men still dominant in possession and looking the only sie likely to take the lead.

Aguero picks the ball up from Mendy just inside the box and fires high with his weaker foot.

Livakovic denies Aguero who breaks through one on one following a lapse in concentration in midfield from Dinamo.

The ball eventually falls out to Bernardo Silva, although the Portuguese attacking midfielder skies high into the crowd.

Orsic does brilliantly to skip past Otamendi and drive towards the City goal, although he is quickly closed down before being able to make anything of the burst forward.


City dominant in possession in the early stages, although unable to make anything stick thus far.
Rodri is back on his feet and looks to have recovered, applause rings around the Etihad as the Spaniard returns to the pitch. 
Rodri goes down after jumping to win a header and falling heavily on his back.

Looks in some discomfort as he's being treated by the City medical staff.

We're underway at the Etihad.
New season, same reaction
Just like in previous years, the City fans boo the Champions League anthem as it rings around the Etihad.
The teams are in the tunnel!
The teams are in the tunnel and we're almost ready for kick-off at the Etihad!
De Bruyne out, Aguero starts!
As expected, De Bruyne is ruled out through injury, with reports saying he's suffering from a groin strain.

Aguero starts after being on the bench vs Everton at the weekend.

Team news is in!
Man City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Gundogan, Rodrigo, Silva, Mahrez, Bernardo; Aguero.

Dinamo Zagreb XI: Livakovic; Stojanovic, Theophile, Peric, Leovac; Moro, Ademi, Dilaver, Orsic; Dani Olmo, Petkovic.

Back closer to kick-off
I'll be back with more updates ahead of this tie closer to kick-off, including team news from 19:00 BST. 
Predicted XI's
Man City predicted XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Rodri, B. Silva, D. Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.​

Dinamo Zagreb predicted XI: ​Livakovic; Stojanovic, Dilaver, Peric, Theophile-Catherine, Leovac; Orsic, Ademi, Moro, Olmo; Petkovic.

Team news
Ahead of this game, the Citizens knew they were going to be without Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane and John Stones due to injury.

Worryingly for the Blues, Kevin De Bruyne didn't train on Monday and is therefore very unlikely to be apart of the squad.

Nenad Bjelica has no problems with his squad, meaning the Croatians will be full strength at the Etihad.

Matchday one
In the first matchday in this group, City recorded a comfortable victory away at Shakhtar Donetsk, beating the Ukranian champions 3-0.

Despite Pep Guardiola's sides' emphatic victory, they do not sit top of the group due to Zagreb's 4-0 win over Atalanta B.C.

City will be favourites for this encounter, although will have to be aware of the threat Zagreb pose after their brilliant matchday one.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live stream score commentary of Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League. I'm Josh Slinger and I'll be taking you through the action from the Etihad as it unfolds. Kick-off at 20:00 BST.