But it was a miserable day for Ilkay Gundogan, who failed to make the team and was an unused substitute in Germany’s shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico. The Germans could have done with Leroy Sane, who they left out of the squad for Russia as the Mexicans held onto their first half lead to claim victory.
In the evening game, Danilo and Gabriel Jesus started Brazil’s match against Switzerland. Jesus had a penalty appeal turned down as he was bundled over in the box and was substituted in the 78th minute, replaced by Roberto Firmino. Fernandinho came on in the 60th minute, but the Brazilians were held to a surprise 1-1 draw.
And no longer related to City but deserves a mention, Aleksander Kolorov scored the winner as his Serbia side beat Costa Rica 1-0. Kolarov hit a superb free kick in the 56th minute to send Serbia to the top of the group.
Monday sees England and Belgium in action. For England, Raheem Sterling, john Stones, Fabien Delph and Kyle Walker all vie for a place in the starting line up, while for Belgium, Kevin de Bruyne is a sure start in the midfield, but defender Vincent Kompany is out with a groin injury.
How will our boys get on? We’ll find out in 24 hours