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Jesus return steers Man City towards Champions League last 16

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus marked his return from injury with a blistering strike to seal Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Olympiakos as Pep Guardiola’s men cruised towards a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.City have maximum points from their opening three games in Group C, thanks in large part to Ferran Torres’ free-scoring form as the Spaniard became the third youngest player to ever score in four straight Champions League games when he opened the scoring on 12 minutes.

However, the English side have lacked a ruthless streak in the recent weeks in the Premier League without a natural striker and Jesus’s return comes at just the right time ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the Etihad on Sunday.

The Brazilian was introduced for the final quarter to boost his match fitness and took just 11 minutes to thrash the ball high past Jose Sa to double City’s advantage.

Guardiola’s wish for a hassle free passage through the group given the gruelling schedule his side face in the coming months looks set to be granted with a point in Greece in three weeks’ time enough to book their place in the knockout stage with two games to spare.

Phil Foden breathed a sigh of relief after he gifted Mathieu Valbuena a huge chance to equalise only for the former French international to slice wide.

The City captain was again the creator for his side’s second goal, though, as Jesus made space for the shot inside the box and blasted into the roof of the net.

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