Raheem Sterling scored an 11-minute second-half hat-trick as Manchester City ruthlessly demolished Atalanta to take care of their 100% begin in Champions League Group C.
This was one other emphatic assertion of City’s attacking energy nevertheless it was a removed from excellent night for Pep Guardiola with Rodri limping off with a hamstring damage and Phil Foden despatched off for 2 late bookings.
There was one other reminder of City’s present defensive vulnerability too, when a Ruslan Malinovskyi penalty gave Atalanta a shock lead after Fernandinho clumsily fouled Josip Ilicic.
City, who started with an unfamiliar three-man defence, had proven some early uncertainty on the again and took time to get into their stride going ahead.
But Sergio Aguero rapidly levelled from shut vary when he ran on to Sterling’s in-swinging cross and the Argentine fired City forward from the spot earlier than half-time after Sterling was fouled by Andrea Masiello.
Sterling took over goalscoring duties after the break, firstly when he rounded off a positive transfer involving Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne and Foden.
By now Atalanta’s defence had utterly crumbled and Sterling quickly took full benefit, working on to an Ilkay Gundogan cross and chopping inside previous Rafael Toloi earlier than discovering the online.
Five minutes later Sterling made it 5-1 when he ran on to a Mahrez cross, and he ought to have added to his tally earlier than the tip when he fired extensive after working clear.
Foden, making solely his second begin of the season, noticed purple eight minutes from time after being booked for dragging again Marten de Roon as he formed to shoot.
The 19-year-old’s first yellow card had come six minutes earlier when he tangled with Malinovskyi in midfield, and appeared harsh.
It stays to be seen how severe Rodri’s damage is, however Guardiola confirmed his frustration as John Stones ready to exchange him, slamming the again of one of many seats in his dugout.
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