Sergio Aguero made a goalscoring return as Manchester City completed their Champions League group with a 2-0 win over Marseille.
After a goalless first half, winger Ferran Torres ensured City were fast out of the blocks to put the hosts 1-0 up.
Aguero, who has suffered a recent hamstring injury on top of knee complications, then came off the bench and made sure of all three points in classic poachers’ fashion.
City made a strong start, with Phil Foden immediately involved. The midfielder’s cross was headed away, though, and flicked onto Bernardo Silva before Marseille were given a free kick.
The match was a dead rubber for the hosts, who had already topped Group C. But it was a big game for debutant goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who did well to pluck Florian Thauvin’s ball out of the air.
While City continued to dominate in the first half, Dimitri Payet showed a threat for Marseille. The former West Ham star whipped in a ball from the right but the ball flicked off Valere Germain’s head with the winger unaware.
There was then an unfortunate moment for defender Eric Garcia, who had to go off with injury and was replaced by John Stones.
Payet did have the ball in the net on the half-hour mark but he was clearly offside. But the loss of Garcia boosted the visitors, who stepped up in the latter part of the first half.
City, though, began to assert their dominance with Torres’ goal after 47 minutes. The summer signing latched onto Riyad Mahrez‘s pass, which had flicked off Germain, before slotting home.
After Kyle Walker’s long-range shot was one of the only highlights of the next 20 minutes or so, Marseille decided to make strong substitutions.
Aguero makes scoring comeback
But it was City substitute Sergio Aguero who made sure of the three points. The club’s record scorer poked home from close range after Nathan Ake’s header was parried out from a corner.
Then, in stoppage time, Raheem Sterling fired into the roof of the net to complete the victory, which warmed City up nicely for Saturday’s Manchester derby in the Premier League.
City have now recorded four successive clean sheets in all competitions.
United, meanwhile, will enter the weekend’s match after crashing out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
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