Manchester City came from behind and Julian Alvarez scored two second-half goals as Pep Guardiola’s men began the defence of their Champions League title with a win against Serbian champions crvena zvezda.
European Cup winners themselves in 1991, crvena zvezda threatened a famous win when Osman Bukari put them in front at the end of the first-half.
But City took less than 90 seconds to level after the restart as Alvarez raced onto Erling Haaland’s return pass, rounded crvena zvezda keeper Omri Glazer with a superb piece of deception and squeezed the ball home from a tight angle while still running at full speed.
Glazer spoiled an otherwise superb performance 13 minutes later when he went to punch Alvarez’s free-kick away from danger but instead got only the faintest touch on the ball which did not divert it away from the far corner.
Rodri’s last European goal was the historic effort than secured the trophy against Inter Milan in June. The Spain midfielder ensured City took a successful first step towards this season’s final at Wembley by scoring their third as he advanced unchecked into the Crvena zvezda box and guided a precise shot into the bottom corner.
In other UEFA Champions League games played today, FC Barcelona trashed Belgian side Royal Antwerp 5-0 while goals from Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-0 victory against Borussia Dortmund.