In an electrifying UEFA Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium, reigning champions Manchester City showcased their resilience as they stormed back to secure a 3-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade in Group G action.
The match began with a relentless onslaught from Manchester City, who aimed to extend their five-year unbeaten streak in European home games. Erling Haaland’s thunderous strike, which rattled the crossbar, set the tone for City’s dominance. Red Star Belgrade’s goalkeeper, Omri Glazer, faced an immense challenge, but his heroic saves kept the visitors in contention.
However, just before halftime, the Serbian SuperLiga champions stunned the crowd when Osman Bukari exploited a gap in City’s defense, slotting home an emphatic goal. This unexpected lead only fueled Manchester City’s determination.
In a display of unwavering character, the Sky Blues continued their relentless assault, tallying an astonishing 22 shots in the first half. Their persistence finally paid off when Julián Álvarez expertly finished a chance to equalize. A narrowly ruled-offside decision denied Kyle Walker’s immediate attempt to double the lead.
Despite a few more remarkable saves by Glazer, a lapse in concentration allowed Álvarez’s free-kick to sail over the keeper’s head and into the net. Glazer redeemed himself with a point-blank save against Haaland shortly after. The inevitable third goal came from Rodri’s sublime side-footed strike, sealing City’s triumphant night.
Although Red Star Belgrade lost their halftime lead, coach Barak Bachar could take pride in his team’s spirited performance against one of Europe’s elite squads. Manchester City’s relentless pursuit of victory reaffirmed their status as formidable contenders in the UEFA Champions League, leaving their fans with high hopes for the campaign ahead.