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Jack Grealish equals 17-year benchmark on Champions League debut for Manchester City

Jack Grealish equals 17-year benchmark on Champions League debut for Manchester City

The 100 million pound man delivers on the biggest stage

In a frankly bonkers game, Manchester City ended up on the right side of a 6-3 scoreline against German side RB Leipzig in their Champions League group stage opener. A hat-trick from Christopher Nkunku could not help his side, who fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s men courtesy of six different scorers.

One man who made an instant impact was new boy Jack Grealish. The latest Citizen was signed from Aston Villa in a 100 million pound deal over the summer, and started life brightly in Manchester. The 26-year-old has already recorded a goal and an assist in 4 Premier League appearances, and added a goal and assist on his Champions League debut, too.

After providing a cross from which Nathan Ake nodded in the opening goal of the affair, Grealish took matters into his own hands in the second-half. Cutting inside from the left hand side, the winger beat one defender before curling a right-footed strike into the far corner of the Leipzig goal.

Grealish equals 17 year old mark

Unbeknownst to Grealish, his performance against the German outfit also saw him manage an impressive Champions League benchmark. In both scoring a goal and providing an assist, he became the first Englishman to achieve such a feat on their debut since 2004, when Wayne Rooney managed the same for Manchester United against Fenerbahce.

With the addition of Grealish, can City go one better than final heartbreak this season?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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