Ferran Torres netted his third purpose in as many Champions League video games as Manchester City breezed to a 3-Zero victory over Olympiakos on the Etihad.
The Spaniard, who was delivered to City in a cut-price £20million deal in the summertime, as soon as once more impressed as a makeshift No.9 and netted a well-taken opener earlier than Gabriel Jesus and Joao Cancelo sealed a snug victory for the Residents late on.
City had taken a 10th-minute lead by Torres however have been coming beneath rising stress and conceding probabilities when Jesus, making his comeback from damage, intervened.
The outcome maintained City’s three-point lead on the prime of Group C and stored them nicely on the right track for a spot within the final 16.
It regarded like being a snug evening early on, with Pep Guardiola’s determination to relaxation centre-backs Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte forward of this weekend’s conflict with Liverpool seeming a sensible one.
They have been shortly into their stride and it regarded like being a busy evening for Olympiacos defender Pape Abou Cisse, who lower out a Phil Foden cross and blocked a Riyad Mahrez shot within the opening minutes.
Kevin De Bruyne then pressured a save from Jose Sa after a mistake from Ruben Semedo and it got here as no shock when Torres opened the scoring on 12 minutes.
The Spanish winger could have been unexpectedly thrust right into a centre ahead’s function because of accidents however he has tailored to it beautifully and regarded a pure as he performed a one-two with De Bruyne after which calmly side-footed previous Sa.
Olympiakos tightened up in defence after conceding however City continued to probe. Raheem Sterling put the ball within the internet once more on the second try after a save by Sa however then noticed the flag raised for offside.
Gundogan had a shot deflected over and Kyle Walker had a harmful cross lower out by Sa as City ended the primary half in management.
Remarkably, from that place of dominance, City slackened off after the break.
Mady Camara fluffed an opportunity when introduced with a free header at a nook and City then had an actual scare when Foden woefully underhit a handed throughout his personal space. Mathieu Valbuena swooped and may have equalised however, thankfully for Foden, blasted vast.
Youssef El-Arabi then confirmed glorious management to create a taking pictures alternative however Stones took the ability out of his effort and Ederson saved.
Guardiola tried to enliven his facet by summoning Jesus from the bench.
But Olympiakos have been rising in confidence and former Watford defender Jose Holebas flashed a shot throughout purpose after racing previous Walker.
De Bruyne tried to get into the sport extra and had a shot saved by Sa earlier than a Jesus strike was blocked.
The substitution then paid off as Jesus raced onto a cross from De Bruyne and lashed a shot into the roof of the web from a decent angle to place the outcome past doubt 9 minutes from time.
Olympiakos’ hopes have been ended and Cancelo wrapped up the scoring with a long-range strike within the final minute.