City cruise to opening win thanks to Stones brace

Published on: 13 September 2017

John Stones scored a brace as Manchester City got their Champions League campaign off to a perfect start with a 4-0 thrashing of Feyenoord at the De Kuip Stadion.

Pep Guardiola's side scored three times in the first 25 minutes to put the game well out of reach of the hosts, who will be left licking their wounds after a fine display from the Etihad club who similarly dismantled Liverpool at the weekend.

And City wasted little time in taking the initial lead -- Stones' downward header from David Silva's cross near the corner flag somehow squirting between Tonny Vilhena's legs on the goal line in the second minute.

Stones' strike set a milestone at the club, marking the fastest of any of City's 82 Champions League goals in the club's history.

John Stones scored a pair of goals in Man City's victory over Feyenoord. Steven Paston/EMPICS Sport

Sergio Aguero doubled their advantage eight minutes later. After fine play down the right side, Kyle Walker's cross found the Argentina international, who expertly volleyed home past goalkeeper Brad Jones from just outside the six-yard box.

City then left the outcome in no doubt after 25 minutes through Gabriel Jesus, who had the easiest of finishes after Jones parried a lashed Benjamin Mendy shot from distance directly into the Brazilian's path.

Stones then completed his brace in the 63rd minute with another header -- this time rising above a Feyenoord defender and powering into the net.