Manchester City came from behind to beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Osman Bukari gave the visitors the lead in the stroke of halftime after his strike was allowed to stand by VAR. In the second half, Julian Alvarez combined perfectly with Haaland, and the Argentina striker scored minutes after the restart. He then added his second from a free kick before Rodri completed the scoring with a perfect strike in the bottom corner.
Pep Guardiola, after full-time, said injuries are mounting on his side. “We have five important players injured,” Guardiola told the club’s official website. “Sustaining that for a long time will be difficult, but it is what it is. Unfortunately, it’s been a long time for Kevin; John didn’t play; maybe Kova is coming back; Jack has a week or 10 days.” “We are in trouble, but I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, we have a lot of injuries’. It is what it is.” He said.