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The international break is winding down. Neil Leigh updates the latest from Tuesday’s action.
The City midfielder started for Fernando Santos’s side alongside Etihad colleagues Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.
And in what was an impressive all-round performance by the visitors, Bernardo struck on 26 minutes to open the scoring, spectacularly volleying home from Bruno Fernandes’ pass.
Within five minutes a dominant Portugal had doubled their advantage.
INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 7, 2021
@BernardoCSilva bagged the opener with @rubendias and João Cancelo also playing their part in Portugal's 3-0 win against Azerbaijan!
@Mahrez22's Algeria drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso!
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Bernardo Silva’s screamer, Cancelo shows off – Manchester City International Roundup (07/09/21) - Benjamin Wolfe - City Report
Game recaps for all the City stars from Wolfe>
Azerbaijan 0-3 Portugal
Manchester City trio Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, and Bernardo Silva started this Group A game for Portugal. The energiser bunny that is Bernardo Silva scored a fantastic opener, with Joao Cancelo providing the assist for the third goal for Diogo Jota. Joao Cancelo pulled out all the tricks as he nutmegged two players within a few seconds. It was an outstanding display of skill on the touchline. Definitely check out the highlights on this one. Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias completed the game, while Bernardo Silva was taken off in the 78th minute. Portugal top their group.
Burkina Faso 1-1 Algeria
Riyad Mahrez captained his national side as they took on Burkina Faso in CAF Group A. Both sides were looking to take top spot. Both sides had three points prior to kick off. An opening goal from Sofiane Feghouli, supplied by Islam Slimani was answered by Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba. The game ended in a stalemate. Two games into the group, Algeria remain top of CAF Group A by virtue of their superior goal difference. Riyad Mahrez played the entire 90 minutes.
Could Ederson and Jesus Be Banned For Manchester City’s Game At Leicester? - Petec21 - Bitter and Blue
The Brazilians might not be able to play against Leister depending on FIFA’s ruling.
The pair were not released by City for Brazil’s three international matches as they would have to quarantine for ten days upon their return, however FIFA can ban players not released in an international window for a period of five days after the window ends.
European Clubs’ Association chief executive Charlie Marshall has said that the Premier League clubs need to know if their players are suspended for the weekend’s round of matches and they must be told within the next 24 hours.
Aston Villa and Spurs allowed their players - Emiliano Buendia, Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani lo Celso to travel for Argentina’s matches, and all four must now isolate upon return, meaning they will week three of the Premier League.
Could Ederson and Jesus Be Banned For Manchester City’s Game At Leicester? https://t.co/EDaaJXmZKZ— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) September 7, 2021
Gareth Southgate heaps praise on ‘top player’ Raheem Sterling for England scoring form - Elias Burke - Manchester Evening News
Raheem continues to impress as one of the Three Lions’ brightest stars.
The Kingston-born forward has not always had it so easy in an England shirt, with pressure rising following a World Cup in 2018 where he failed to find the back of the net. Despite always offering an unselfish desire to run in behind and stretch the opposition defence, Sterling came under fire for his profligacy in front of goal.
However, since the World Cup in Russia, Sterling has found his shooting boots for his national team, scoring 16 goals in the 24 games. For context, he had only found the net twice in his first 45 games for his country.
This extraordinary upturn in form has been praised by Southgate, who, despite the City forwards’ struggles in front of goal in Russia, stuck with him throughout the tournament due to his commitment to work hard for benefit of the team.
“He is a top player, and he has got the hunger, not only to play well and perform well for the team but to score goals,” Southgate started. “That progression in the last couple of years has added so much.”
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“I can’t speak highly enough of how he has been with us, in the last three years in particular. We have always had faith in him, but that has been easy in the last few years because of the numbers he has hit.”
The Champions League 2nd leg against Real Madrid kicks off tonight!!
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Taylor was asked whether the pair would be fit to start and also confirmed the Club are still awaiting international clearance for new recruit Filippa Angeldahl.
“There is nothing stopping us,” he replied. “The question is: would they be able to sustain 90 minutes?
“Some of the players have only been back two weeks and trying to get their training time up has been difficult, especially for Georgia and Ellen who have had these niggling injuries.
“You don’t want to be making changes earlier on in the game unless you’re in a position like we were on Saturday.
Petec21 reminds us that UEFA has done away with the away goal rule. A win is all that will do for City.
City will be in buoyant mood after an opening day 4-0 victory at Goodison Park, which saw debutants Vicky Losada and Bunny Shaw both on the scoresheet, with Olympic gold medalist Janine Beckie and skipper Steph Houghton also on the scoresheet.
Real, on the other hand, go into the match on the back of a 4-0 opening day loss at Levante on Sunday, and after the trip to City, they face a home derby against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
The away goal rule in European competition has been axed, meaning City cannot rely on their goal in Madrid on Tuesday and must win the match in order to progress.
Man City fans delight in images showing Phil Foden on road back to first team - Elias Burke - Manchester Evening News
Manchester City supporters were rightfully excited at the news of Foden’s return to training.
The Times reported that Foden broke down into tears after finding the news that a foot injury would keep him from featuring in the match against Italy and was obviously devastated to not be able to make a difference as his side lost on penalties.
This foot injury has kept him out of action for the season’s opening fixtures, including England’s international break. Still, his timeline for recovery is drawing closer as he is now set for a return against Leicester.
Now, the 21-year-old — who is expected to sign a bumper six-year deal in the coming weeks — has been pictured on City’s Twitter page putting himself through his paces at their state-of-the-art training campus.
KDB is back too. Let’s go to the video tape.
While De Bruyne has been absent from the past two gameweeks, where Manchester City have won 5-0 in successive Premier League games against Norwich City and Arsenal, a new video released by the club on social media has provided fans with an encouraging update on the player’s recovery.
Alongside England international Phil Foden, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne has been spotted back on the training pitches at the City Football Academy - suggesting that the Belgium international is well on his way to a return to match action.
And finally, the Premier League has announced the matchweek 3 officials. City draws Tierney against the Foxes.
Paul Tierney appointed as referee for Manchester City’s trip to Leicester - Oli Coulson - City Report
Tierney last officiated Manchester in the Community Shield, coincidentally against the same opponents. Leicester won the game with a late penalty granted by Tierney, however, his record when he’s officiating the Blues is good. Of the last 17 games, he’s refereed when Manchester City were involved, City have won 15 - the only losses being this season’s Community Shield and a 2-1 away loss to Newcastle in 2018/19.
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