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De Bruyne Inspires Manchester City to 3-1 Victory over FC Copenhagen

 De Bruyne Inspires Manchester City to 3-1 Victory over FC Copenhagen

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 first leg match between F.C. Copenhagen and Manchester City at Parken Stadium on February 13, 2024 in Copenhagen, Denmark(Image-Getty) 

Kevin De Bruyne led Manchester City to a commanding 3-1 victory over FC Copenhagen in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie, contributing a goal and two assists. De Bruyne's early goal set the tone, but Magnus Mattsson equalized for Copenhagen before Bernardo Silva restored City's lead just before halftime. Phil Foden's late goal secured a two-goal advantage for City heading into the second leg. However, concerns arose as Jack Grealish exited the match due to a potential groin injury.

Guardiola made strategic changes to the starting XI, including Silva, Kyle Walker, and Grealish alongside De Bruyne. De Bruyne wasted no time in making an impact, scoring his 15th Champions League goal for City. Despite City's dominance, Copenhagen managed an equalizer against the run of play, courtesy of Ederson's error and Mattsson's finish.

Silva's exquisite finish regained City's lead just before halftime. The second half saw both De Bruyne and Doku denied by Copenhagen's goalkeeper, Kamil Grabara, who made several outstanding saves. Foden's clinical finish in stoppage time secured City's victory.

Looking ahead, City will host Copenhagen in the second leg before facing Manchester United and Liverpool in crucial Premier League fixtures. A win against Chelsea could propel City to the top of the table, intensifying the title race with Liverpool. Guardiola's side remains determined to maintain their momentum across competitions.

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