As it happened: Manchester City 4-1 Club Brugge in UEFA Champions League
Joao Cancelo of Manchester City FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Club Brugge and Manchester City FC at the Jan Breydel Stadium on October 19, 2021, in Bruges, Belgium. (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

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22:27a month ago

Thanks for tuning in!

22:22a month ago

Pep at full-time to BT Sport

"Fully deserved. After we concede the goal we drop a little bit but the second-half was really good.

"They defend so deep so it was not easy but the victory is important. We need one more point to qualify."

 

22:18a month ago

Foden sheds light on Pep's half-time reaction:

"We were sloppy in the first half and let them back into the game. We got in at half-time and spoke about what was going wrong. We changed it in the second half and played better. 

"The manager wasn't happy. You have to take his advice. We changed a couple of things and were better in possession and hurt them a lot more."

22:14a month ago

They sure did! Harsh result in the end...

22:10a month ago

Substitutions:

Sterling - 8 Brilliant cameo full of heart and desire, chasing lost causes, scored a tap in and almost assisted another.

Zinchenko - 5 presented the visitors with an opportunity, bailed out by Stones.

De Bruyne - 6 few nice touches, didn't have a telling impact when he came on but did nothing wrong all the same.

Palmer - 7 nearly got his second in as many games against Brugge but for a fine Mignolet save and worked hard for the team.

Jesus - 7 Spurned a great chance but took his goal well in the end.

22:07a month ago

Full-time ratings:

Mahrez - 7 Improved in the second-half and nodded home that all-important second goal.

Foden - 8 Led the line, on the scoresheet again and showed his fine array of passing.

Grealish - 5 Struggled to get the better of his marker and seemed to lose confidence as the game wore on.

22:05a month ago

Full-time ratings:

Rodri - 7 Typical output, breaking up counters and starting attacks for his side going forward. Assured performance in midfield.

Gundogan - 7 Livelier in the second, grabbed an assist to tee up Sterling.

Bernardo - 7 Industrious as ever and displayed his fine dribbling ability before being replaced.

22:03a month ago

Full-time ratings:

Walker - 7 Adventurous as ever on the right and his blistering pace sparked attacks.

Laporte - 6 Did what was asked. Solid.

Stones - 7 Finishes slightly ahead of his partner for a special block at 3-1.

Cancelo - 9 Best player on the night in Blue. Three assists and part of the build-up for every City atatck.

22:00a month ago

Full-time ratings:

Ederson - 7 Was busier than ke would have liked but displayed great focus to keep the visitors at bay and almost found Foden with a searching ball out of the hands.
21:56a month ago

As things stand:

City are top with 9 points as PSG are held to a draw in Germany.

City -9 

PSG -8 

Brugge - 4

Leipzig - 1

21:53a month ago

In other news

A Dominik Szoboszlai penalty in the 92nd minute looks to have rescued a point for Leipzig and denied PSG all three.
21:52a month ago

Stay tuned

Keep an eye for post-match analysis and full-time player ratings.
21:50a month ago

Full-time

4-1 to City after an assured second-half performance.
21:50a month ago

90 +2

Jesus scores his 18th goal in the Champions League with the final kick of the game. A third assist for Cancelo.
21:47a month ago

90'

Sterling almost finds Palmer but for a defensive clearance as we enter 2 minutes of injury time.
21:44a month ago

87' Change

Brugge switch sees De Ketelaere replaced by Kamal Sowah.

The striker had a good game for the visitors.

21:43a month ago

86'

Jesus has to do better, spurns a gilt-edged chance kept out by Mignolet's legs.
21:42a month ago

85'

Mignolet gets down sharply to deny the youngster Cole Palmer from finding City's fourth.
21:37a month ago

Alterations

Zinchenko and Palmer in for Walker and Foden

Brugge replace Lang, Mata and Rits with Bas Dost, Ignace Van der Brempt and Noah Mbamba

21:35a month ago

Brugge Switch

Confirmation of an earlier change for Brugge with Federico Ricca replacing Eduard Sobol.
21:34a month ago

78'

5 changes incoming

3 Brugge

2 City

21:34a month ago

77'

Cancelo's chip finds KDB but his half volley flies over.
21:32a month ago

75' City change

Kevin De Bruyne comes on for Bernardo Silva 
21:31a month ago

3-1

Great goal, Gundogan picked out down the channel and he pulls it back for Sterling inside the six-yard box.

It's been a long time coming but he's earned that goal tonight!

21:29a month ago

71' 3-1

Sterling adds a third. Well up for it since he came on.
21:26a month ago

69'

Almost a perfect introduction for Sterling. Wriggles into the box and Gundogan picked the ball off his toes before he could get a shot away.
21:25a month ago

68'

Double City sub with Rahem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus on for Mahrez and Grealish.
21:20a month ago

63'

Space opening up for City. Ball sits up for Gudogan but he can't keep his volley down.
21:18a month ago

62'

Few stops in play having helped the tempo here. 
21:15a month ago

That De Ketelaere chance...

Great opportunity for the visitors and 30 seconds later they are punished. That's football. 2-1 City lead.
21:12a month ago

54' 2-1

De Katelaere goes close for Brugge but Ederson gets it going quikcly and Mahrez heads home from Cancelo's pinpoint cross.
21:08a month ago

51'

Stones heads downwards from close range but Mignolet collects.
21:07a month ago

50'

Strong start from City. Cancelo's curling effort gets a nick and goes out for a corner.
21:04a month ago

47' Chance

Mahrez slipped in by Grealish but Mignolet smothers the shot.
21:003 months ago

PSG leading in Germany

20:56a month ago

PSG leading in Germany!

20:55a month ago

Half-time ratings:

Ederson - 7 couple of smart saves.

Walker - 6 involved in atatcks.

Stones - 6 Nothing he could do about the goal, holding his own.

Laporte - 6 Solid. Keeping pace with Noa Lang.

Cancelo - 7 Post denied him a sublime goal. Clever assist.

Rodri - 7 Thwarting the counter-attack well.

Gundogan - 5 Not in it.

Bernardo - 6 Can be better.

Grealish - 6 Needs to be braver.

Foden - 7 Great workrate, got his goal.

Mahrez - 5 Quietest City player.

20:46a month ago

1-1 Half-time

Brugge will be the happier. Responded quickly and have all to play for in the second period.
20:40a month ago

40'

Just over five minutes of the first half remaining. Final ball lacking at this time for City.
20:33a month ago

32'

De Katalaere with a venemous drive but Ederson down well. Visitors growing in confidence.
20:32a month ago

32' Chance

Scottish international Jack Hendry heads into the arms of Ederson from a free-kick.
20:27a month ago

27'

They talk about a yellow wall at Borussia Dortmund games. There is one here tonight in the form of the Brugge defence. City finding it difficult to find a way through at the minute.
20:24a month ago

24'

City have to be careful. 

Dominating the ball but Brugge look dangerous.

20:18a month ago

17' GOAL 1-1

Bizarre own goal grants Brugge an equaliser.

Silva onto Stones, he knows nothing about it.

20:15a month ago

14' GOAL

Moments after hitting the post, Cancelo's sumptuous ball across the box finds Phil Foden who taps in from six yards.

1-0 City.

20:13a month ago

12'

Ilkay Gundogan almost squeezes the ball in at the back post.
20:12a month ago

11'

Brugge break and win a corner. Eduard Sobol fires wide.
20:10a month ago

10'

Phil Foden attempts a volley with the ball coming over his shoulder but he can't get his technique right.

 

No way through yet.

20:09a month ago

9'

Not much by way of chances. Brugge haven't crossed the half-way line.
20:05a month ago

5'

Pattern is set with Bruge content to defend their area and break when they can.
20:04a month ago

3'

As anticipated City threatening early. Bernardo's attempt is blocked as the visitors sit in with a back five to counter.
19:59a month ago

Familiar face

Antonio Matue Lahoz who officiated City's Champions League final defeat to Chelsea is on the whistle.
19:58a month ago

Kitted out

City are in all blue tonight while Club Brugge revert to their changed yellow strip
19:57a month ago

Anthem time!

The players are out on the pitch ready to hear those dulcet tones...
19:52a month ago

Home side limbering up

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19:43a month ago

Blues looking to maintain impressive record

19:41a month ago

Pep on Brugge's change in formation:

"Watching their line up they change to five at the back, 5-3-2 or 5-2-1-2. We have to change a little bit, have to adapt, we didn't practice or know it."
19:04a month ago

Blues ready for battle!

18:53a month ago

Here's how the visitors line out:

18:52a month ago

Your City Line-up:

17:52a month ago

Edging closer

16:19a month ago

Brugge stun City in UEFA Youth League

16:17a month ago

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16:15a month ago

Brugge not here to make up the numbers

Brugge manager Philippe Clement was adamant that his side weren't arriving in Manchester just to fulfil a fixture and claimed they will do their utmost to rectify last month's 5-1 thrashing:

"In the first match against City, we did not play at our top individually and collectively. It is up to us to do better tomorrow."

"We are not here on a school trip, we come for points. You just have to be realistic. But we are fully committed."

 

 

16:01a month ago

Pep claims Brugge tie bigger than Manchester Derby

Despite a Manchester Derby date with United on Saturday lunchtime, City boss Pep Guardiola insisted that their meeting with Brugge is "more important" even though they ran out comfortable 5-1 victors last time out:

"I think this game is much more important than the United game," claimed Guardiola.

"This gives us an incredible chance to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. In the Premier League there are many games, in the Champions League just six, and there are not many left.

"Games three and four are the most important. I'm pretty sure they will adjust things to punish us. We have to adjust to get better. It will be a completely different game.

13:28a month ago

How they stand:

City currently sit second in Group A on six points just one behind PSG who travel to play the pointless Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Brugge could stake their claim for the knockout stages by shocking City here and moving on to seven points with a victory. 

13:23a month ago

Raring to go!

13:18a month ago

Likely XIs:

CITY: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling

Club Burgge: Mignolet: Mata, Hendry, Nsoki, Sobol; Rits, Vormer; Lang, Vanaken, De Ketelaere; Dost

13:13a month ago

Club Brugge team news

Eder Balanta is suspended due to three bookings.

Striker Bas Dost could be in line to start after scoring a brace at the weekend.

13:08a month ago

City team news

With the Derby on Saturday, Pep Guardiola is likely to shuffle his pack.

Ferran Torres (foot) is the only absentee. 

13:03a month ago

Catch the highlights from the reverse fixture two weeks ago:

12:58a month ago

Kick-off

After a 5-1 win in Belgium, City welcome Club Brugge to Manchester. 

UK and Ireland : 8pm

Germany : 9pm

Spain: 9pm

France: 9pm

Russia and Eastern Europe: 10pm

USA : 3e/2c 

India: 12:30am

Australia: 5am

12:53a month ago

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This tie will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England with kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST
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