As Manchester City beat Olympiakos to maintain their 100 percent record in Group C Champions League, Gabriel Jesus scored a fine finish on his return from injury.
City took the lead early in Ferran Torres’ calm finish but did a hard job of what was supposed to be a smooth night against the Greek champions.
They needed Jesus, who had not played with a knee injury since September 21, to get out of the bench and fire his second one with nine minutes remaining, blowing from a narrow-angle to the roof of the net. When he was beautifully curled home a third before the break, another substitute, Joao Cancelo, added the brilliance to the score.
This has been the third time in the last three weeks that City has scored three goals in a European victory and, combined with Porto’s victory over Marseille, means that Pep Guardiola’s side needs just one point in Greece’s return on 25 November to reach the knockout stage for the eighth consecutive season.
Porto may have had a rocky start to the domestic season, but at the Dragão Stadium tonight, the Dragons retained their solid Champions League form. In a healthy 3-0 win over André Villas-Boas’ Marseille, the Mexican forward Jesús Corona was the star of the show.
After a credible win and a very unfortunate defeat in the Etihad to Manchester City, Porto has re-elected two home victories, putting himself in a strong place to qualify for the third time in four years for the knockout stages of the tournament.