Gabriel Jesus hits hat-trick as Man City beat Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 to go unbeaten in Champions League group stage

Gabriel Jesus scored a marvellous hat-trick as Manchester City finished their Champions League group stage campaign with a 4-1 success over Dinamo Zagreb.

Pep Guardiola handed starts to Phil Foden and Eric Garcia as the Catalan made eight changes to the side that lost 2-1 in the Manchester deby at the weekend.

Having already qualified and a trip to Arsenal on Sunday, few would have expected the group leaders to over-exert themselves.

But with Dinamo chasing their first-ever place in the knockout stage and the Stadion Maksimir packed with 30,000 fans cheering on the hosts, there was never any indication it would be an easy ride.

And despite dominating the early possession, City were given a rude awakening in the 10th minute when Dani Olmo smashed home a superb volley from Damian Kazdior’s cross.

But the lead didn’t last long when Riyad Mahrez curled in a cross from the right and Jesus rose well to head into the far corner.

Jesus and Phil Foden combined brilliantly to put Man City 2-1 up© Antonio Bronic/Reuters Jesus and Phil Foden combined brilliantly to put Man City 2-1 upFoden then rounded off the scoring in his first start since May this year© Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters Foden then rounded off the scoring in his first start since May this year

City came bursting out of the blocks in the second half and needed just five minutes to get their noses in front with a sensational move. Benjamin Mendy found Jesus, who played a one-two with Foden and he danced past his marker before curling into the far corner.

And the Brazilian wrapped up his hat-trick four minutes later after another scintillating move involving Foden and when Mendy sent in a sublime delivery, Jesus prodded home to make it 3-1.

Foden was handed the opportunity to cap his impressive display with a goal and he needed no intivation, coolly slotting home from Bernardo Silva’s cutback to seal a comfortable win for the group winners.

Source: Standard.co.uk

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