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Club Bruges 1-5 Manchester City: Cole Palmer scores as Pep Guardiola's side claim dominant win

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Cole Palmer scores for Manchester City at Club Bruges
Cole Palmer's goal came with almost his first touch after coming on

Riyad Mahrez scored twice and Cole Palmer got his first Champions League goal for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side put in a superb performance to sweep aside Belgian side Club Bruges.

The visitors were slick and confident from start to finish as they moved to within one point of Group A leaders Paris St-Germain with their second win in the competition.

City had been dominant from the outset but their opening goal did not arrive until the 30th minute when Joao Cancelo latched onto Phil Foden's brilliant ball to slot through the legs of former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Mahrez then added a second from the penalty spot just before the break after he had been fouled.

City did not ease up in the second half and the third goal arrived quickly as Mahrez found Kevin de Bruyne, whose one-touch ball sent Kyle Walker through and the full-back fired into the far corner.

Nineteen-year-old academy graduate Palmer then scored his side's fourth just two minutes after coming onto the pitch, bending a fine shot into the back of the net from the edge of the box.

Hans Vanaken turned home a late cross for the hosts but City responded immediately to get their fifth, Mahrez running through before finishing coolly one-on-one.

The victory for City was the ideal response to defeat at PSG in their previous Champions League outing as they moved onto six points from three games.

Foden dazzles in unusual role as Palmer makes his mark

Phil Foden
Phil Foden's assist was an incredible example of vision and accuracy

After losing 2-0 at PSG on 28 September, Guardiola had shown his determination to get back to winning ways quickly in the Champions League by naming a strong XI for the trip to Belgium.

The one thing that did raise an eyebrow, however, was the decision to play Foden as a false nine in what was his first start in the competition this season.

Guardiola had previously said that finding a position for Foden would never be a problem because he could effectively play anywhere and once again the England international repaid his manager's huge faith in him to deliver in any role.

His runs and link-up play were excellent throughout and it was of little surprise that he played a key role in the opener.

It is hard for words to do Foden's assist justice as, from just inside the Club Bruges' half, he spotted Cancelo's run and played an inch-perfect ball for his team-mate to run onto, control superbly and then finish.

Foden flourishing under Guardiola after progressing from the academy will no doubt delight City fans and Palmer suggested he, too, could be on course to follow in Foden's footsteps.

His first goal in Europe showed composure beyond his years as he became only the third teenager to score in the Champions League for Manchester City, after Foden and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Player of the match

HendryJack Hendry

with an average of 8.77

Club Bruges

  1. Squad number5Player nameHendry
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  2. Squad number4Player nameN'Soki
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  3. Squad number77Player nameClinton Mata
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  4. Squad number2Player nameSobol
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  5. Squad number90Player nameDe Ketelaere
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  6. Squad number20Player nameVanaken
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  7. Squad number72Player nameMbamba-Muanda
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  8. Squad number10Player nameLang
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  9. Squad number26Player nameRits
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  10. Squad number22Player nameMignolet
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  11. Squad number29Player nameDost
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  12. Squad number19Player nameSowah
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  13. Squad number25Player nameVormer
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  14. Squad number44Player nameMechele
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  15. Squad number3Player nameBalanta
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  16. Squad number28Player namevan der Brempt
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Manchester City

  1. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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  2. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
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  3. Squad number80Player namePalmer
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  4. Squad number2Player nameWalker
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  5. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
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  6. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  7. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  8. Squad number10Player nameGrealish
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  9. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
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  10. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  11. Squad number31Player nameEderson
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  12. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
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  13. Squad number8Player nameGündogan
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  14. Squad number6Player nameAké
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  15. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
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  16. Squad number7Player nameSterling
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Club Bruges

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 77Mata Pedro LourencoBooked at 24minsSubstituted forat 90+3'minutes
  • 5Hendry
  • 4N'SokiBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMecheleat 79'minutes
  • 2Sobol
  • 19SowahSubstituted forvan der Bremptat 56'minutes
  • 26RitsSubstituted forVormerat 56'minutes
  • 3BalantaBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMbamba-Muandaat 68'minutes
  • 10Lang
  • 20Vanaken
  • 90De KetelaereSubstituted forDostat 79'minutes


  • 11Maouassa
  • 18Ricca
  • 21Izquierdo
  • 25Vormer
  • 28van der Brempt
  • 29Dost
  • 44Mechele
  • 72Mbamba-Muanda
  • 91Lammens

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 14LaporteBooked at 32minsSubstituted forAkéat 57'minutes
  • 27Cancelo
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forPalmerat 64'minutes
  • 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 71'minutes
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forGündoganat 57'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 47FodenSubstituted forSterlingat 64'minutes
  • 10Grealish


  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 80Palmer
István Kovács

Match Stats

Home TeamClub BrugesAway TeamMan City
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Club Brugge 1, Manchester City 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Club Brugge 1, Manchester City 5.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Brandon Mechele.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

  5. Post update

    Clinton Mata went off injured after Club Brugge had used all subs.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Aké (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

    Bas Dost (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Aké (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Eduard Sobol (Club Brugge).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Cancelo.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bas Dost (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hans Vanaken with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eduard Sobol (Club Brugge) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Club Brugge 1, Manchester City 5. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fernandinho with a through ball.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

  19. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bas Dost (Club Brugge).

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