Jack Grealish has had a Champions League debut to remember tonight, scoring a fantastic solo goal in Manchester City’s clash with RB Leipzig at The Etihad.
The former Aston Villa captain weaved inside from the left touchline before unleashing a fierce strike past the visitors’ goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
“Class from the £100m man!”
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It’s just what Grealish has deserved tonight. The 26 year old set up Nathan Aké for City’s first goal of the night and has teased the German side’s back four throughout the match with his trademark, mazy runs.
It’s one of several magnificent goals that have been scored in East Manchester tonight, with João Cancelo firing a fantastic effort into the back of Gulacsi’s net less than 20 minutes later.
Grealish joins an exclusive, elite club of players who have scored on their first bow in the Champions League. This club includes Marco van Basten, the Dutch legend who scored four goals on his debut on the big stage for AC Milan in 1992 and Wayne Rooney, who enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Manchester United with a hattrick against Fenerbahçe in 2004.
Grealish’s strike is his second for the club, after he opened his account for the Premier League champions against Norwich City in August.
Ahead of tonight’s match, his manager Pep Guardiola said he hopes this is just the beginning for the English star in the Champions League.
“Yes, hopefully the first of many,” the Spaniard said his pre-match press conference, as quoted by The Manchester Evening News. “Yes, hopefully, the first of many. I’m sure it will be.”
A huge test for Grealish and his teammates in Europe is just around the corner, with a trip to the Parc de Princes to face PSG taking place on 28th September.
This huge clash is sandwiched in between two massive matches in the Premier League too, where City will travel to both Stamford Bridge and Anfield to take on Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.