Manchester City were at their ruthless best as they dispatched Feyenoord 4-0 in their UEFA Champions League Group F opener at De Kuip on Wednesday.
Feyenoord 0 Manchester City 4
Pep Guardiola’s side quickly took command of the tie with three goals inside the opening half hour, before Jones Stones completed the rout in the second half to record a brace.
It was not the return the hosts had hoped for, having ended a 15-wait to compete in the group stages of the competition this season.
City got off to the best possible start when Stones connected with David Silva’s cross from a short corner and his header sneaked past Tonny Vilhena on the line in the second minute of the match.
The Eredivisie champions were more alert at the back as Eric Botteghin cleared Gabriel Jesus’ dipping header away from danger, but they fell further behind on 10 minutes following a neat move down the right as Kyle Walker crossed for Sergio Aguero to beat Brad Jones at his near post from close range.
Jones managed to deny Aguero at his near post again as the Citizens piled on the pressure in the opening stages, although the Rotterdam giants then briefly threatened at the other end when Michiel Kramer struck his shot into the side-netting.
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The visitors were cruising midway through the first half after Jesus made it 3-0, the Brazilian left with a simple tap-in after Jones could only parry Benjamin Mendy’s stinging drive back into the danger area.
Aguero was inches away from scoring his second goal of the game as he steered Kevin De Bruyne’s cross wide of the near post, but City would fail to add to their tally before the break.
The second half didn’t match the opening 45 minutes for action, as the Premier League outfit took their foot off the gas.
They did manage to find the back of the net again on 63 minutes with Stones capitalised on space inside the six-yard box to head home De Bruyne’s corner.
Raheem Sterling tested Jones in the closing stages, while Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men had chance to pull one back at the death, but Jens Toornstra blazed his free-kick way over the goal.