Feyenoord 0-4 Manchester City: John Stones double gives Pep Guardiola's side resounding win
By Richard Morgan
Last Updated: 14/09/17 12:28pm
John Stones scored twice as Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign with a resounding 4-0 win over Feyenoord on Wednesday night.
Stones made the breakthrough with an early header, before adding a fourth for City with another header just past the hour mark.
Feyenoord: Jones (7), St. Juste (6), Van Der Heijden (6), Nelom (6), Botteghin (7), El Ahmadi (6), Vilhena (5), Amrabat (8), Boetius (7), Berghuis (5), Kramer (5)
Subs: Toornstra (6), Larsson (6), Vente (6)
Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (8), Stones (8), Mendy (7), Otamendi (6), De Bruyne (8), Bernardo Silva (8), David Silva (9), Fernandinho (7), Aguero (8), Jesus (7)
Subs: Sterling (8), Delph (6), Sane (7)
Man of the match: David Silva
In between there were further goals before half-time from Sergio Aguero - his 50th in European competition - and Gabriel Jesus as the visitors recorded their biggest-ever away win in the competition.
City made a rampant start to proceedings, opening the scoring after just one minute and 35 seconds to quieten down a rocking De Kuip, watching Champions League football for the first time in 15 years.
The Eredivisie champions fell asleep as David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne worked a corner short, with the Spaniard's cross into the six-yard box being met by Stones.
However, Tonny Vilhena made a complete hash of clearing the defender's header on the goal-line, somehow allowing the ball to bobble between his legs and into the back of the net.
Man City made one change from Saturday's 5-0 win against Liverpool, with Bernardo Silva replacing Danilo in midfield, while Ederson was fit to start in goal
The visitors then doubled their lead after just 10 minutes as Bernardo Silva released the rampaging Kyle Walker down the right and the full-back's cross was tucked home at the near post by Aguero for his 28th goal in the competition.
Aguero's strike partner, Gabriel Jesus, was making his first appearance in the Champions League and the Brazilian made it a debut to remember by adding a third after 25 minutes.
Feyenoord may have thought the danger was over when they cleared David Silva's right-wing corner, only for the ball to fall nicely to the unmarked Aguero on the edge of the area.
The Argentine's shot was initially blocked, before Benjamin Mendy's fiercely driven effort fell straight at the feet of the unmarked Jesus, who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the unguarded goal despite Feyenoord calls for offside.
And Stones rounded off the scoring on 63 minutes after David Silva and De Bruyne again worked a corner short, before the Belgian's centre was powered home from six yards out by the England centre-back.
- Feyenoord have won only two of their last 16 Champions League games (D6 L8)
- City have won away from home in the Champions League for the first time in their last seven attempts (D3 L3)
- The Citizens have kept their first clean sheet in the Champions League since September 2016 (eight games)
- Stones' goal after 1:35 is the fastest goal scored by Manchester City in the Champions League
- Jesus is the 4th player to score on his Champions League debut for Man City (also Balotelli, Kolarov & Nolito)
- Aguero has scored 18 goals in his last 22 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City
Man of the Match: David Silva
Silva dictated play from kick-off until being hooked midway through the second half in Rotterdam, with everything passing through the Spain international.
The little playmaker had a part to play in three of the visitors four goals, once again emphasising just how crucial he is to Pep Guardiola's side.
City will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the new Premier League season when they travel to Watford on Saturday afternoon.