Rico Lewis, a Manchester City teenager, makes history in a comeback victory over Sevilla
Manchester City teenager Rico Lewis recorded his first goal for the team as City came from behind to defeat Sevilla 3-1 on Wednesday to finish their guiding Champions League group stage.
Despite the absence of the prolific Erling Haaland, Argentina strikers Julian Alvarez & Riyad Mahrez both scored, but the nite belonged to Lewis.
Pep Guardiola made seven modifications to his starting lineup, with 17-year-old right-back Lewis confiscating his possibility at the Etihad Stadium. City already were confirmed as Group G winners, while Sevilla were assured of third place.
Rafa Mir’s pinpoint header past City’s stockpile keeper Stefan Ortega managed to give Sevilla the lead in the 31st minute.
Lewis, who was united in the starting lineup by 20-year-old Cole Palmer, smoothed the score in the 52nd minute once he ran on to Alvarez’s slide-rule pass and lashed home.
In doing so, Lewis, who is 17 years and 346 days old, made history held by Karim Benzema, who was 17 years and 352 days old when he scored on his first Champions League appearance.
What a noble goal. He’s a fantastic player who is extremely intelligent “Guardiola stated this. “He comprehends everything. He scored a fantastic goal & played exceptionally well.
“The guys tried in the first half. The second half was much better, with some excellent goals. I’m delighted for everyone.”
After already being performed in by a magnificent pass from try substituting Kevin de Bruyne, Alvarez produced a formed finish to put City in front in the 73rd minute, kicking the ball round the keeper Yassine Bounou & shooting into the top of the net.
After another assist from Alvarez, Mahrez secured the success with a clinical finish.
City won that match with 14 points, while Borussia Dortmund finished second and advanced to the last 16.