In the opening match of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League held at the Etihad Stadium, Ghanaian winger Osman Bukari found the back of the net for Red Star Belgrade against Manchester City.
Just before halftime, Bukari seized an opportunity created by Mirko Ivanic’s pass that pierced through City’s defense. He struck the ball past goalkeeper Ederson, breaking the deadlock.
Initially, the goal was disallowed due to an offside call, but upon review, the decision was overturned. This left the European champions trailing by a goal as they headed into halftime.
In the second half, Julian Alvarez quickly responded, equalizing the score just two minutes in. Alvarez continued to impress, scoring his second goal at the hour mark, giving City the lead.
Rodri delivered the final blow in the 73rd minute, securing a third goal for Pep Guardiola’s squad. With this goal, Manchester City, the reigning champions, secured a 3-1 victory.
Despite Osman Bukari’s contribution to the opening goal, it was Manchester City’s precision and determination that ultimately secured the win in this UEFA Champions League encounter.
Watch the goal below: