Plzen - Three
goals within ten second-half minutes has handed Manchester City an easy 3-0
Champions League win over Czech title-holders Viktoria Pilsen in their
opening Group D fixture here on Tuesday.
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Bosnian striker Edin
Dzeko scored in the 48th minute with a low shot past helpless Pilsen
keeper Matus Kozacik after being set up by Sergio Aguero.
Five minutes later, Yaya Toure sent a superb curling shot from outside the box into the top corner of Kozacik's goal.
five minutes passed and Aguero, a constant threat for the
injury-plagued Pilsen defence, made it 3-0 with a low left-footed
Dzeko said he hoped this result will allow City to find their true form in Europe.
first half was tricky. We had chances to score then I scored in the
second half and after that it was easier for us," he said.
we'll see the real Manchester City because the last two years were
disappointing for the fans and the club," he told Sky Sports. "The
target is going into the second round but we know it's always difficult.
very important to get a run in the team. I think that we have a very
good squad with some new players and they've bought a lot of quality.
There are a lot of games before the end of the season so a lot of
players will get a chance to play."
Big-spending City, sitting
fourth in the Premier League with seven points from four games, have
never made it to the Champions League knockout phase in their two
appearances to date.
But they started this year's mission in style.
Jesus Navas produced the first shot on goal in the seventh minute, tipped over the crossbar by a diving Kozacik.
The Slovak keeper also stopped a Dzeko header from close range and then a low shot by Aguero just before half-time.
beat Kozacik in the 26th minute, but his low shot hit the post and the
keeper then stopped a powerful follow-up from Aleksandar Kolarov.
was the first time Pilsen had played a Champions League game in their
home city, famous for its Pilsner beer, after being exiled to Prague for
the 2011/2012 edition as their stadium had failed to meet UEFA
But the team that beat Atletico Madrid and Napoli in last season's Europa League showed very little going forward on Tuesday.
stocky 38-year-old captain Pavel Horvath tested Joe Hart with a
free-kick, but the England international managed to keep the effort out,
just like another long-range Horvath attempt, both of which came in the
In the second half, Dzeko sent two chances over the
bar shortly after opening the score and Aguero had two shots turned away
by a diving Kozacik before narrowly missing the target in the last
Pilsen's Tomas Horava then hit the woodwork with a volley just before the end in a rare chance for the home side.
City a boost ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with bitter rivals
Manchester United, captain Vincent Kompany played the whole game after
recovering from a groin injury.
But defenders Martin Demichelis, Micah Richards and Gael Clichy as well as midfielder David Silva remained sidelined.
In the other Group D game, reigning champions Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow 3-0.