Manchester City have clinched top spot in Group F after scraping past a resilient Feyenoord. A last minute winner from Raheem Sterling was enough to guarantee 1st on the night with a trip to Shahktar Donetsk being the last fixture before the knockout rounds. Here is how the players fared:
Ederson – 7
The Brazilian’s miss-happed clearance nearly resulted in a Feyenoord goal, mainly down to a poor touch; hacking Jean-Paul Boetius when he was nearly through, lucky to get away with it. Mopped up a potentially dangerous loose ball which Tonny Vilhena was running on to. Tipped over a stinging drive from Berghaus. Other than that, it was a fairly quiet night for Ederson.
Kyle Walker – 7
Intercepted trouble down his channel with authority and assurance, helping to keep Sam Larsson contained whilst also making dangerous runs forward when possible. Solid night out.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7.5
Took on John Stones’ usual role well, taking the reins in commanding the back four and providing protection for Mangala — the Argentine could also be seen trying his best to start an attacking move throughout the 90 minutes, supporting the often crowded out figures in the middle of the park.
Eliaqium Mangala – 6.5
Played well enough despite some unsure moments in passing back to Ederson, he isn’t exactly renowned for his prowess at composure but we can all agree the former Valencia man wasn’t troubled and proved a stable partner for Otamendi.
Danilo – 7
Virtually none of Feyenoord’s limited threat came down the left hand side, despite their best chance of the game late on, and that was mainly down to Danilo’s performance. The Dutch side’s main attacking threat, Steven Berghuis, had little to no luck against his sturdy frame.
Yaya Toure – 6.5
Came close to scoring with a free kick in the second half but other than that had little impact. You could also argue that Ilkay Gundogan had to drop deep to cover Yaya when he roamed forward, limiting City’s attacking threat.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Supplied Sterling with the winning goal, implementing a tidy little give and go on the 18 yard line. Additionally, Gundogan’s passing range was slick and tidy, linking the midfield well throughout.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
The Belgian tried his best to open up Feyenoord’s determined backline to no avail, even just missing the post with an ambitious low drive. Ultimately misses out on a cold winter’s trip to Ukraine thanks to a clever booking.
Bernardo Silva – 6.5
Fired a great chance, supplied by the lively Raheem Sterling, straight at Feyenoord’s keeper from a few yards out. Other than that, the Portuguese’s attempts to escape tight marking were futile. Despite some decent moments.
Sergio Aguero – 6
Should’ve done better with a header in the first half. And, to think of it, should’ve done a lot better with the range of scoring chances he was presented with throughout the match. Apart from a few decent link ups, it was a bad day at the office for City’s new all time top goal scorer.
Raheem Sterling – 8 (Man of the Match)
Forced a stinging save from Brad Jones at 0–0 and often tested Kevin Diks down the flank. The 22-year-old certainly looked the most lively on the night and his winning goal, a cheeky dink over the helpless Jones, was just reward for his effort.
Gabriel Jesus – 6.5
Attempted to influence proceedings with typical Brazilian skill but he was too tightly marked out of the game.
Phil Foden – 7
Finally, a professional debut for Stockport’s answer to Iniesta. The 17-year-old didn’t exactly contribute much but we got to see glimpses of the youngster’s dazzling ball control, even managing to embarrass Sofyan Amrabat at times.
Brahim Diaz – N/A
Another long awaited Etihad debut, coming too late to make any sort of impact.