Copenhagen vs Man City Player ratings as De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva extends incredible Man City streak


Manchester City survived Ederson’s howler to seal a deserved 3-1 win in Copenhagen that leaves them on the brink of the quarter-finals.

City, perhaps unsurprisingly, started the better and should have taken the lead in the opening minutes, Kevin De Bruyne mistimed a header before Ruben Dias’ effort was stopped by Copenhagen goalkeeper Kamil Grabara.

De Bruyne made up for his previous miss in the 10th minute when he powered his way into the box in typical fashion from the right side of the box after being played in by Phil Foden. A fair reward for an absolutely dominant start.

City suffered a blow midway through the opening 45 minutes when Jack Grealish was forced off through injury to be replaced by Jérémy Doku.

Out of nowhere, Copenhagen equalized and it’s a moment Ederson will want to forget.

The Brazilian keeper, usually so confident playing from the back, made a mess which resulted in the ball reaching Magnus Mattsson who curled home from the edge of the box.

The 24-year-old midfielder only joined the club 10 days ago and this evening was his debut in Copenhagen and in the Champions League. What a way to mark it.

City settled down again and then took the lead at half-time, Bernardo slotting past Grabara in style after the ball had bounced past De Bruyne and Copenhagen’s save.

The second half was more of the same, with City in control and almost waiting to accelerate it to a third and possibly decisive goal.

Doku went closest but Grabara was there again to keep Copenhagen in the game, but Phil Foden’s injury-time strike sealed victory and almost certain progress to the last eight.

Man City player ratings

GK: Ederson – 5/10 – The Brazilian’s mis-hit pass gifted Copenhagen a route back into the match. Untested for the remainder of the game.

RB: Kyle Walker – 7/10 – Seldom had to use his explosive pace to cover defensively and offered some good attacking threat down the right.

CB: John Stones – 7/10 – Spent the majority of the game in midfield, stepping forward when his side were in possession. Neat and tidy in central areas.

CB: Ruben Dias – 7/10 – Rarely called upon, especially after Andreas Cornelius was introduced from the bench.

LB: Nathan Ake – 8/10 – The Dutchman did everything he needed to do in what was a quiet game for Man City defensively. Produced one excellent headed clearance to deny Cornelius at the far post.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 9/10 – Produced a wonderful finish to put Man City ahead, while also forcing his side’s second through some determined pressing. An effortless display from the influential midfielder, who grabbed a late assist to put the tie beyond doubt.

CM: Rodri – 7/10 – Hoovered up possession in midfield and kept Man City ticking along nicely.

CM: Bernardo Silva – 8/10 – A deft finish restored Man City’s lead heading into the break, with the Portugal international regularly interchanging with Foden on the right wing. Picked up some useful spaces in opposition territory.

RW: Phil Foden – 9/10 – Threaded a perfectly weighted through ball to De Bruyne for Man City’s opener and was involved in his side’s best moments. Netted a wonderful late third and produced one volleyed backheel pass that was worth the admission fee alone.

ST: Erling Haaland – 6/10 – A quiet evening for the Norwegian, who was rarely involved in the final third. Couldn’t get his name on the scoresheet despite two good opportunities late in the game.

LW: Jack Grealish – 6/10 – Substituted after just 21 minutes due to injury. Visibly dejected when departing the pitch after being handed an increasingly rare start.

SUB: Jeremy Doku (21′ for Grealish) – 6/10 – An unconvincing performance after coming on for Grealish, with the Belgian’s speed and trickery never causing Copenhagen too many issues.

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