The Champions League returned for the third matchday of the group stage. For several teams who have secured two wins out of two matches, this will be the chance to move closer to a spot in the Round of 16. Meanwhile, a positive result could be a platform for something bigger for the minor teams.
Manchester City were one of the few teams who were still unbeaten from the start of the campaign with two wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Lokomotiv Moscow. In a group where the English side have the highest possibility of making it into the knockout rounds, it’s no doubt that they have and will deliver. Meanwhile, Atalanta were expected to be one of the surprises in the Champions League this season. But they have been underperformed as Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were still looking for their first point of the campaign.
And before their trip to the Etihad Stadium, many have predicted this clash to be the toughest for Atalanta. Indeed, only a few minutes after Ruslan Malinovskiy’s opening goal, Man City started to push forward. A brace from Sergio Agüero inside the first half was followed up by Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick in just eleven minutes of the second period to complete a dominant win for the home side.
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