Townsville Bulletin

City’s best has Pep in raptures

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RIYAD Mahrez scored twice as Manchester City delivered “one of their best” Champions League efforts to thrash Club Brugge 5-1 and re-emphasise its status as a major contender for a first European crown.

Joao Cancelo gave City a deserved lead on the half-hour and Mahrez converted a penalty just before the break as the side bounced back in style from last month’s loss to PSG.

Kyle Walker added a third early in the second half and 19year-old Cole Palmer bagged his first Champions League goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Hans Vanaken pulled a goal back but Mahrez capped a thumping City victory with his second of the night.

“It was one of the best performanc­es in Europe we’ve done,” manager Pep Guardiola said. “We are all delighted. We were so good.”

The win leaves City with six points after three games in Group A ahead of the champions of England and Belgium meeting again in two weeks in Manchester.

A win will have them on the verge of qualifying for the next round of the tournament.

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