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By Chris Bevan
BBC Sport in Etihad Stadium
Manchester City director Pep Guardiola says hesso sorry for Phil Foden after he and Raheem Sterling came from the bench to score at a 2-0 win over a tenacious Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
Sterling swept home from a Riyad Mahrez cross midway through the half set up 19-year-old Foden time as the second successive win of City took them top of Group C.
Guardiola explained:He (Foden) has amazing finishing and made an amazing step forward tonight.
I am quite sorry for him – he wants to play more minutes. I am sure hell donate and help us
The England squad for the next form of internationals is called on Thursday.
Im buzzing for Phil Foden, Sterling told BT Sport. I want him at the national group. When he keeps going he will be there.
Foden explained:Youve got to show the boss what you could do daily in training. Every kid wants to play you need to keep patient.
In fact, this ought to have been a victory that was far bigger, with City wasting a host of first-half opportunities, for creating the gap, however they were thankful to Sterling.
It was an night for the side of Guardiola, even though enjoying more than 80% of ownership until he broke the deadlock with his ninth goal of the year from close range.
They had been unable to take them before the next half, although it wasnt the case that City struggled to create chances in the absence of their injured Kevin de Bruyne.
Sergio Aguero has been the first to squander a chance, with the rounding Zagreb keeper Dominik Livakovic from a poor backpass but watching him recuperate with a diving save.
Bernardo Silva was off target before Ilkay Gundogan blasted a shot against the bar and David Silva fired wide and Aguero skied a different attempt.
Dutch referee Serdar Gozubuyuk had blown his whistle for a handball from Bernardo Silva when Aguero did get the ball at the net.
The second half saw Croatian champions Dinamo, who had been roared on by their own fans throughout, set up resistance before Sterling replaced Bernardo Silva, also gave City their breakthrough.
More chances followed however, it dropped to finish Zagreb with a fine attack off .
It gives City their second successive Group C triumph also leaves them well placed to make the final 16 for a seventh consecutive year, while Zagreb have suffered 13 away team game beats in a row – a Champions League listing.
Guardiola spoke before the match about needing toseduce City fans that are reluctant to fall for the charms of their Champions League, preferring instead Premier League success.
Thus far, little appears to have changed, the rivalrys anthem being roundly booed within the Etihad prior to kick-off supplying the case of that.
This event was never going to be a fixture which provided the power from the stands which Guardiola wants, although the air then has been far from flat.
Their fire could not match that of the Zagreb fans, who chanted throughout and removed their tops en masse once they dropped, while Citys fans were enthused during.
The emotions of guardiola were also with his frustration with all the officials clear on more than one event as he prowled his area.
However he also got the result he wanted, together with Citys fifth successive win since their shock defeat at Norwich supplying more proof , if they had been ever in crisis, its currently over.
Guardiola said after the game that he doesnt think De Bruynes groin issue is severe, that is really a rare piece of good news for City at a year when they have dropped Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane to harms.
De Bruyne missed a lot of last year through injury as well as his nine assists this year have been a timely reminder of his abilities, while City treble showed they were able to deal with.
You believed they missed the brilliant Belgian, although without him Citys midfield were able to split Zagreb open enough before the rest.
They had been much less effective although City tried to replicate De Bruynes dangerous balls into the box, notably through Benjamin Mendy around the left.
With Mahrez notably quieter at the weekend, City failed to take the threat on the chunk in areas, at least until Sterling came to the scene.
Produced a difference in attack and should have won a. Guardiola was booked for whining about that conclusion, but he soon celebrated the objective of Sterling.
Citys next game sees them back in the Etihad to face Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday (14:00 BST).
They restart their Champions League campaign on 22 October, in home to Atalanta (20:00), when Dinamo Zagreb are away in Shakhtar Donetsk (17:55).
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