Gabriel Jesus' hat-trick ensured that Manchester City's Champions League group campaign ended on a high note, having come from behind to beat Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 on Wednesday night.


The hosts took the lead in stunning fashion, as Spaniard Dani Olmo caught Damian Kadzior's cross sweetly in the box to guide a sumptuous volley into the roof of the net. Despite utterly dominating possession, it was Dinamo who went closest to grabbing the game's second goal as Olmo flashed a powerful effort over the bar following a swift counter attack.

​City found themselves level shortly after, however, as Jesus headed home from Riyad Mahrez's pinpoint cross to hand the visitors the goal their dominance warranted.


A quickfire double from Jesus then put the game firmly to bed nine minutes after the restart. The Brazilian's 100th career goal saw him jink his way into the box and confidently stroke past Dominik Livaković, while his third of the night finished off a slick City move after converting from Benjamin Mendy's cross.


Having already progressed to the knockout stages as group winners, City were content to control possession of the ball and reserve their energy, with Phil Foden doubling his ​Champions League goal tally with a poked finish from Bernardo Silva's cutback to secure a fully deserved victory.


DINAMO ZAGREB

Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City: Group C - UEFA Champions League

Player Ratings


Starting XI: Livakovic (6); Stojanovic (5), Ademi (5), Dilaver (4), Moubandje (5); Gojak (5), Moro (6), Olmo (7); Kadzior (6), Petkovic (5), Orsic (5).


Substitutes: Hajrovic (5), Majer (5), Gjira (4).


MANCHESTER CITY


Key Talking Point

Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City: Group C - UEFA Champions League

After their title hopes took a significant (and potentially fatal) blow against Manchester United, a trip to the Croatian capital awaited Pep Guardiola's side with the opportunity to regain some much-needed confidence in the side.


Seeing plenty of the ball in the first half and only let down by some wayward crossing, a fine Olmo strike looked like piling further misery onto their season. City continued to see plenty of the ball though, and did little wrong in the game, with the equaliser from Jesus the least they deserved for their efforts.


While City had nothing to play for, the hosts had everything to play for in their search for a place in the knockouts. You wouldn't have known, with Dinamo offering precious little in attack and left chasing shadows for much of the match. 

​A quick-fire double at the beginning of the second period put the Croatian side to the sword, and it was cruise control for Guardiola's side from thereon in. It was a win that was the Citizens desperately needed, but there will be far sterner tests to come in the ​Premier League, starting with struggling Arsenal on Sunday.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Bravo (7); Cancelo (6), Garcia (8), Otamendi (7), Mendy (7); Foden (9*), Rodri (7), Gundogan (7); Mahrez (7), Jesus (9), Silva (8).


Substitutes: Zinchenko (6), Sterling (7), Harwood-Bellis (N/A).


Star Man

Phil Foden,Nikola Moro

Earning a start on Wednesday evening, Phil Foden was granted an opportunity to impress his manager, potentially earning himself a regular role in the Premier League.


Well consider Pep impressed, as the young midfielder shone for his side in the hostile Croatian environment. With the ball at his feet the 19-year-old is superb, able to carry possession through the thirds and glide past opposing players with, well, David Silva-esque ease.


This was a stellar showing from the home-grown star, who rounded off a fine evening with a goal his performance deserved.


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Looking Ahead


City will look to resolve a worrying run of Premier League form when then travel to ​Arsenal on Sunday, meanwhile Zagreb are back on home soil when they host NK Lokomotiva on Saturday.


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