Stones stars as Man City ham­mer Feyeno­ord 4-0

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ROT­TER­DAM (NETHER­LANDS): Manch­ester City thrashed Dutch cham­pi­ons Feyeno­ord 4-0 as de­fender John Stones scored twice to get Pep Guardi­ola’s side off to a fly­ing Cham­pi­ons League start on Wed­nes­day.

Stones headed home two min­utes af­ter a sublime chip by skip­per David Silva, and af­ter Ser­gio Aguero and Gabriel Je­sus had made the win safe, the Eng­land cen­tre-back capped off the evening with a sec­ond pow­er­ful header for a mem­o­rable brace.

“The most im­por­tant thing and what pleased me the most (about the win) is the way in which we did it,” said City coach Guardi­ola.

“We did not play back... We were ag­gres­sive... We had the legs to run on the side, es­pe­cially on the right and cre­ated the chances. Enough to win the game com­fort­ably.”

To com­pli­cate mat­ters for City how­ever, in the other Group F game, fan­cied Napoli were beaten 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk. In Rot­ter­dam, City tore Feyeno­ord to pieces as hard- work­ing mid­field­ers Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne punched holes in the home de­fence, which was in all sorts of trou­ble on a stormy evening at a packed De Kuip.

Aguero made it 2-0 af­ter 10 min­utes when he ham­mered in a half-vol­ley from a sublime cross from Kyle Walker, which flew past goal­keeper Brad Jones.

The Ar­gen­tinian striker has now scored 172 goals for Manch­ester City and is only five short of for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Eric Brook’s all­time record of 177.

City con­tin­ued their mer­ci­less on­slaught, giv­ing the hosts very lit­tle space to cre­ate chances while con­tin­u­ing to threaten with light­ning-fast at­tacks down the right flank.

The weather did lit­tle to im­prove the fa­nat­i­cal Feyeno­ord sup­port­ers’ mood, as the fans be­gan jeer­ing the play­ers each time the ball was passed back to Jones, who had a busy evening.

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