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Manchester City 3-2 Red Star Belgrade: City youngsters prevail

Manchester City achieved a significant feat by becoming only the second English team in the history of the Champions League to win all six of their group stage matches. City accomplished this by defeating Red Star 3-2 in Serbia.

With their top spot in the Champions League group already secured, Pep Guardiola made extensive changes to his Manchester City lineup, introducing players like Phillips, Bobb, and Hamilton. It was Hamilton who broke the deadlock for the European champions after a slow start to the game. The 20-year-old skillfully maneuvered onto his right foot and unleashed a powerful shot into the roof of the Red Star net.

Although the Serbian side came close to equalizing when 17-year-old Kosta Nedeljkovic curled a left-footed effort just over the crossbar, Manchester City maintained control of the game with their dominance on the ball.

Hamilton nearly provided a second goal just before halftime as he delivered a ball across the face of the Red Star goal, with Bobb narrowly missing a tap-in at the far post.

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Manchester City’s dynamic young winger, Hamilton, posed the biggest threat to extend their lead, narrowly curling an effort wide of Omri Glazer’s post early in the second half. However, Stefan Ortega had to make sharp saves to deny enticing attempts from Cherif Ndiaye and Guelor Kanga at the other end.

But it was soon Bobb’s turn to shine in Belgrade. The 20-year-old Norwegian showcased his skills by cutting into the penalty area and calmly slotting the ball into the net off the inside of the post, extending Manchester City’s lead with a fantastic finish.

Red Star managed to pull a goal back with 15 minutes remaining as Hwang fired a low strike beyond the helpless Ortega. However, the energetic Hamilton won a late penalty, which Kalvin Phillips coolly converted.

In stoppage time, the hosts responded with a goal from Katai, but it had no impact on the outcome as Manchester City left Serbia with a well-deserved victory and all three points.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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