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By Chris Bevan
BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City director Pep Guardiola says hesso sorry for Phil Foden afterwards he and Raheem Sterling came from the bench to score in a 2-0 win over a tenacious Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
Sterling swept house from a Riyad Mahrez cross midway through the second half, then set 19-year-old Foden up in stoppage time as City consecutive win took them top of Group C.
Guardiola explained:He (Foden) has unbelievable finishing and created an extraordinary step forward .
I am so sorry for him – he wants to play more minutes. I am sure hell donate and help us
The England squad to another round of internationals is named Thursday.
Im buzzing for Phil Foden, Sterling told BT Sport. I need him in the national team. If he keeps going he will soon be there.
Foden explained:You have to show the boss what you could do each day in training. Every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient
In truth, this ought to have been a victory that was far larger, together with City wasting a range of first-half opportunities, but in the end they were thankful to Sterling.
Despite appreciating over 80 percent of possession until he broke the deadlock with his ninth objective of the year from close range, it had been an night for the negative of Guardiola.
It wasnt the case that City struggled to create opportunities in the absence of their injured Kevin de Bruyne, however they had been not able to take them.
Sergio Aguero has been the first to squander a chance, together with the Argentine rounding Zagreb keeper Dominik Livakovic from a poor backpass but watching him recuperate with a diving save.
Bernardo Silva was off target by two great openings and Aguero skied another attempt before Ilkay Gundogan blasted a shot from David Silva and the bar fired wide.
Dutch referee Serdar Gozubuyuk had already blown his whistle for a handball from Bernardo Silva when Aguero did get the ball in the net.
The second half watched champions Dinamo, that were roared on by their fans during, put up resistance before Sterling replaced Bernardo Silva, and gave City their breakthrough.
More chances followed however, it fell to complete off Zagreb with a nice first-time attack from a swift counter-attack.
City is given their second successive Group C triumph by it and also leaves them well placed to make the last 16 for a seventh year, while Zagreb have suffered 13 away team game beats in a row – a Champions League record.
Guardiola spoke before the game about needing toseduce City lovers that are reluctant to fall for the charms of their Champions League, preferring rather Premier League victory.
So far, little appears to get changed, the competitions anthem being booed back within the Etihad before kick-off providing the most important case of that.
This event was never going to be a fixture which provided the power which Guardiola craves, although the atmosphere then has been flat.
Even though Citys lovers were excited throughout, their fire could never match that of their Zagreb supporters, who chanted throughout and removed their shirts en masse if they fell behind.
The emotions of guardiola were with his frustration with the officers clear on more than 1 event as he prowled his technical area.
However he also got the result he wanted, with the fifth successive win of City because their shock defeat Norwich providing evidence , if they were in crisis, it is now over.
Guardiola said following the game that he doesnt believe De Bruynes groin issue is serious, that is really a rare piece of of good news for City in a season when theyve dropped Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte .
De Bruyne missed a lot of last season and, nine assists this season have been a reminder of his own abilities while City treble revealed they were able to deal with.
Without him, Citys midfield were still able to split Zagreb open enough before the rest, however you believed that they missed the brilliant Belgian.
They had been much less effective although City attempted to replicate De Bruyne balls into the box, notably through Benjamin Mendy about the left.
City didnt carry the same danger on the ball in areas, with Mahrez more quiet than against Everton at the weekend.
Made a difference in attack and should have won a soon as he arrived when he was fouled on the edge of the area. Guardiola was booked for whining about that decision, but he was soon celebrating the target of Sterling.
Citys next game sees them back at the Etihad to face Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday (14:00 BST).
They resume their Champions League campaign on 22 October, in home to Atalanta (20:00), when Dinamo Zagreb are away at Shakhtar Donetsk (17:55).
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