Manchester City have become the second English club in UEFA Champions League (UCL) history to secure six wins in all group games in a single campaign, following the 3-2 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the final group stage match.
Pep Guardiola’s experimental line-up consisted of 20-year-old debutant Micah Hamilton who had been at the club since the age of nine. The youngster marked his landmark day in style as he scored the opener in the 19th minute. He stepped into the area before unleashing a ferocious drive high into the roof of Omri Glazer’s net.
Red Star youngster Kosta Nedeljković tried to get on the scoresheet after attempting a curl effort which went inches wide of the post.
Micah Hamilton then tried doubling his tally, as he attempted a right foot strike which slightly went wide of the post.
Pep Guardiola’s side recorded the second of the night through Oscar Bobb who went bursting into the area before placing an effort into the bottom corner to put City at a reasonable winning length.
However, Red Star didn’t seem to be asleep as they pulled one back after some neat interplay between Osman Bukari and Hwang In-beom which resulted in the latter firing home his first-ever UCL goal.
City made sure to cause more trouble for the hosts, as City’s outcast Kalvin Phillips netted his first goal for the Club from the spot after Nasser Djiga fouled Hamilton in the area.
That was a needed goal from the Blues as Aleksandar Katai doubled it for Red Star during stoppage time, but that goal proved futile in the end, as City held on to secure a second win in a matter of days and round off the group stage campaign on a high.