Manchester City book spot in Champions League knockout stages with 1-0 win over Olympiacos

Phil Foden’s strike sends Manchester City into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
  • Manchester City secured place in the last-16 of the Champions League after winning 1-0 at Olympiacos
  • Phil Foden scored the game’s only goal in the first half after a wonderful Raheem Sterling backheel assist
  • City dominated the game from the start and never looked in danger of slipping up despite narrow advantage
  • Pep Guardiola’s side will now be hoping to pip Porto to top spot in their Champions League group
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Phil Foden’s strike sends Manchester City into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The highly-rated 20-year-old forward is the rising star in City’s squad but has been unable to secure regular game time in the Premier League this season despite the team’s unfamiliar struggles in front of goal.

Guardiola gave Foden a start against the Greek champions in Piraeus and the England international responded by sweeping in the only goal of the game in the 36th minute after meeting a backheel from Raheem Sterling with a first-time shot.

In a game that often resembled an attack v defence training drill, City failed to make their dominance count in terms of goals but barely allowed Olympiacos into the visitors’ penalty area, ultimately strolling to a victory that guarantees a top-two finish in Group C.

City have won all four of their games so far in what, on paper, always looked like one of the weakest groups in terms of overall quality.