Manchester City began their 2019/20 campaign away in Switzerland where they faced a tough FF Lugano side. City were defeated at this point last season and will desperately want to improve on last year’s disappointment. And they really put on a stunning display, winning 7-1 and sending out a big message to the rest of Europe.
Pauline Bremer, who was left out at the weekend, started really brightly having one effort hit the side-netting and the other rattle the crossbar. Her strike partner Stanway followed up by latching on to a brilliant Walsh through ball before forcing a great save from the Lugano goalkeeper.
All of City’s pressure payed off on the 25th minute when Georgia Stanway played a nice one-two with Pauline Bremer before lifting the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net. Despite City’s delight of going ahead, Stanway went down two minutes after scoring with what seems like a mystery injury. I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping our maestro isn’t out for a significant amount of time.
Bremer had played so well but on the half-hour mark, should’ve made it 2-0. She ran through on goal before rounding Dossey but could only drag her effort wide of the open goal.
And City were made to pay for that just before half-time. Dickerman did superbly getting past Bonner before curling the ball past the stretching Roebuck. And despite Weir nearly copying her derby heroics from long range, we went into the break level.
A Nick Cushing team-talk seemed to do the trick once again, with Lee Guem-Min winning a penalty one minute into the second half. Mannion dispatched her first City goal expertly into the bottom left to regain City’s lead.
The Blues really turned on the style after taking the lead. Bremer, who had been struggling in front of goal, brought down the ball before expertly lobbing the keeper to give City a two goal cushion.
City’s fourth was even more impressive by Bremer, twisting and turning past the Lugano defender before slotting past the keeper.
The goals didn’t stop flowing at that point however. Caroline Weir scored City’s fifth and was nothing less than her tireless performance deserved, taking down the ball expertly and scoring.
It only took a minute later before the ball was back in the Lugano net with Stanway’s replacement Beckie cutting inside before finding the side of the net with a excellent curling effort.
Weir chipped a seventh past the keeper just before the final whistle blew to bring to an end a record breaking performance. That record, City’s biggest Champions League win, was fitting to what was a simply perfect second half performance.
Roebuck- 6, Mannion- 8, Houghton- 7, Bonner- 7, Stokes- 7, Walsh- 7, Coombs- 7, Weir- 9 (MOTM), Guem-Min- 7, Stanway -6, Bremer-8, Beckie-7, Campbell- 6, Wullaert- 6