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De Bruyne returns as Manchester City stroll to 3-0 victory at Marseille

De Bruyne returns as Manchester City stroll to 3-0 victory at Marseille

Manchester City maintained their 100 per cent start to their Champions League campaign with a dominant 3-0 win at Marseille.

Summer-signing Ferran Torres gave City the lead from close range after some slack Marseille passing in the 18th minutes before Oleksandr Zinchenko hit the outside of the post with a low effort.

Marseille waited to up the ante in the second half, but City doubled their lead before the hosts could truly threaten, as Ilkay Gundogan swept home from 10 yards following Raheem Sterling’s header across goal in the 76th minute.

Sterling then turned scorer, tapping home the third from a trademark Kevin De Bruyne delivery in the 81st minute, meaning City top Group C by three points following Porto’s win over Olympiakos, while Marseille are bottom, and without a Champions League win in 11.

Manchester City made five changes for the clash with Marseille Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Oleks Zinchenko, Ferran Torres and Phil Foden, with Joao Cancelo, Eric Garcia, Bernardo, Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero.

De Bruyne missed City’s Premier League home howe victory against Arsenal and 1-1 draw at West Ham.

The midfielder had to withdraw from the Belgium squad after he was substituted during the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 loss to England.

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