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sport news Feyenoord 0-4 Manchester City: John Stones heads a brace

Manchester City eased to victory in their opening Champions League game of the season at Feyenoord.

John Stones headed a brace for the visitors, while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus also found the back of the net for Pep Guardiola's men. 

The Dutch pre-match platitudes about how City could win this tournament hid a desire to bloody the noses of the mighty, which is never far from the surface in this port city, where they loathe the sophisticated, cultured rivals from Ajax of Amsterdam. 

Manchester City romped to victory in their opening Champions League game of the season at Feyenoord on Wednesday

Manchester City romped to victory in their opening Champions League game of the season at Feyenoord on Wednesday

John Stones set City on their way to a comfortably win with the opening goal within two minutes at De Kuip

John Stones set City on their way to a comfortably win with the opening goal within two minutes at De Kuip

Stones rose well to head a left-wing corner into the back of the Feyenoord net, nutmegging a defender on the line

Stones rose well to head a left-wing corner into the back of the Feyenoord net, nutmegging a defender on the line

City players mob Stones after his header put them in front early on on Wednesday night

City players mob Stones after his header put them in front early on on Wednesday night

Eight minutes later City were two goals to the good thanks to Sergio Aguero's emphatic near-post finish

Eight minutes later City were two goals to the good thanks to Sergio Aguero's emphatic near-post finish

Aguero looks delighted to have netted his first Champions League goal of the 2017-18 campaign

Aguero looks delighted to have netted his first Champions League goal of the 2017-18 campaign

Gabriel Jesus scored the simplest goal he's likely to score as Feyenoord's defence stood and stared, appealing for offside

Gabriel Jesus scored the simplest goal he's likely to score as Feyenoord's defence stood and stared, appealing for offside

Jesus celebrates with his team-mates after making it 3-0 to the visitors with just 25 minutes of the game gone

Jesus celebrates with his team-mates after making it 3-0 to the visitors with just 25 minutes of the game gone

Stones wheels away in celebration after beating goalkeeper Brad Jones with a header for the second time in the game

Stones wheels away in celebration after beating goalkeeper Brad Jones with a header for the second time in the game

Stones added City's fourth goal of the game to his early opener to complete a comfortable win for the visitors

Stones added City's fourth goal of the game to his early opener to complete a comfortable win for the visitors

MATCH FACTS 

Feyenoord (5-4-1): Jones 6; Amrabat 4 (Larsson 78), St Juste 5, Botteghin 4.5, Van der Heijden 4, Nelom 4; Berghuis 6 (Toornstra HT 5), Vilhena 4.5, El Ahmadi 5, Boetius 4; Kramer 5 (Vente 72).

Subs not used: Bijlow, Diks, Tapia, Geertruida 

Booked: St Juste, Kramer, Vilhena, Botteghin

Manager: Giovanni Van Bronkhorst 5 

Man City (4-1-2-3): Ederson 6; Walker 7.5, Stones 7, Otamendi 6, Mendy 7.5; Fernandinho 6; de Bruyne 8, D Silva 7 (Delph 67); Bernardo 7, Aguero 8 (Sterling, 60), Jesus 7. 

Subs not used: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, Sane.

Goals: Stones 2, 62, Aguero 10, Jesus 25

Booked: De Bruyne

Manager: Pep Guardiola 8 

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland) 

Their anthem, blasting out in the stadium beforehand, translates as 'hand in hand comrades.'

But from the game's very first breath this looked a materially different City to the side which has so often spluttered and backfired on the continent in recent years. 

They arrived with a lamentable record on the road in Europe – one win in ten and one clean sheet in 17 games – but the red flare smoke had barely subsided before they extinguished the excitement of a stadium relishing elite European competition for the first time in 15 years.

There was an element of fortune about the goal which sent City ahead after 97 seconds – John Stones' half-connected header after David Silva's short corner rolling between Tony Vilhena's legs and over the line. But nothing after that lacked conviction.

Much of the added jet

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