Man City vs Young Boys – Champions League: Live score, team news and updates as Erling Haaland opens the scoring before Phll Foden adds a brilliant second at the Etihad




Stones replaced at half time by Guardiola (2-0)

The players come back out and John Stones has been replaced by Nathan Ake. Don’t think that is an injury, more likely Guardiola is looking to rest the Englishman ahead of a weekend clash against Chelsea.

Milan showing fight against PSG

AC Milan and PSG are currently locked at half time with the score level at 1-1. Skriniar opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half before Rafael Leao equalised just minutes later.

Celtic trailing in Madrid

Celitc’s Champions League campaign appears to be all but over with Atletico Madrid leading the Scottish giants 2-0 in Spain’s capital. Celitc have been reduced to 10-men to take matters worse for Brendan Rodgers.

HALF TIME: Man City 2-0 Young Boys

Foden’s strike gives City breathing space at the interval as they head in with a deserved two-goal lead. Erling Haaland initially opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Matheus Nunes was brought down in the box.

City have largely been their own worst enemy amidst a surprising lack of quality in the final third with Young Boys failing to mount any attack worthy of scaring the hosts defence.

It’s not been glamarous from City but they haven’t been tested and have largely been allowed to drift through this game by their Swiss opponents.

GOAL MAN CITY (2-0) Phil Foden

Foden makes it two for City as we enter stoppage time and what a goal it was. Grealish fizzed the ball over to Foden on the wing and from there his touch creates space before cutting in and bending the ball into the bottom corner. Great moment of skill.

City frustrated in last few minutes (1-0)

The hosts are still in firm control but they haven’t looked as comfortable in the last few minutes. Young Boys are breaking up City’s attacks with some smart fould and things just aren’t clicking in the final third. The visitors are quietly growing in confidence.

Haaland misses sitter from close-range (1-0)

It should be his second goal of the game, Guardiola thinks his striker has scored, but a crucial touch see’s the cross clip Haaland on the thigh and ruining the eventual shot that peeters through to the goalkeeper.

Dias reacts to rare Young Boys attack (1-0)

The Man City defender has had virtually nothing to do without the ball tonight so has been his side’s dominance, but is alert and ready for the danger as Young Boys venutre forward. Dias of course deals with the danger expertly to get City going again.

Haaland turns on his afterburn (1-0)

The ball is played through and Haaland uses a burst of speed to get in behind. He is well matched though by Camara who ends up winning a goal kick with the clearance hitting Haaland before going behind.

City press on for a second goal (1-0)

Young Boys are desparetely defending as City work the ball from right-to-left and Grealish tries to find a way through. Haaland is in a constant battle with defenders, while City’s midfield is winning all of their duels for second balls.

GOAL MAN CITY (1-0) Erling Haaland

As if it was ever in doubt! Haaland sends the goalkeeper the wrong way and finds the back of the net for his 66th goal in 70 games for Man City.


Lauper has just been booked and is lucky to escape another as he catches the leg of Nunes in the box. Penalty is awarded.

Yellow card for Young Boys (0-0)

Jack Grealish turns on a burst of speed before being dragged down by the clumsy leg of Sandro Lauper. Yellow card shown.

Double save denies City (0-0)

Kyle Walker takes on the free-kick and fires low towards the bottom corner. Young Boys goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi parries the effort into the path of Foden but reacts quickest to turn the next shot behind for a corner. Great goalkeeping.

Kovacic skill wins City free-kick (0-0)

The City midfielder elegantly drifts through the opposition defence with a couple of nutmegs before being hacked down by Benito on the edge of the box. Great shooting chance for City here.

City advancing to next round as things stand (0-0)

Victory for City tonight would confirm their place in the next round of the Champions League, but they are currently being helped to that objective by RB Leipzig after they took the lead against Red Star. City can draw and still advance if Leipzig win.

Haaland forces an awkward save (0-0)

The City striker gets through Young Boys defence but is forced wide, however, his eventual shot is squirmed towards goal and the keeper has to get down smartly to smother the threat.

Lewis HAS to score (0-0)

The Man City youngster thought he had opened his Champions League account when the ball rolled out to him on the six-yard line in the Young Boys box.

Benito made sure he didn’t as the defender hooked Lewis’ effort off the line. What a chance that was.

Foden wastes shooting chance (0-0)

City are very rarely wasteful, but Foden was with his first chance as he opted to try and dink a cute to the back-post when a shot was the better option from inside the box. Don’t expect him to make the wrong decision next time.

Hosts settle quickly (0-0)

City kicked off and they have barely let go of the ball since. John Stones is being tasked with carrying the ball through the middle of the park and Young Boys are setting up to counter.

KICK OFF: City get us underway (0-0)

We are underway in Manchester. Keep with us over the next 90 minutes and don’t miss a moment of the key action.

Here comes the players…

City captain Kyle Walker leads the team out at the Etihad as they attempt to qualify for the next round of the Champions League tonight.

Akanji pulls out, Kyle Walker comes in

Akanji’s injury is confirmed and he will now miss out with Kyle Walker being brought in to deputise.

Asking John Stones to drop from midfield into defence was one option and that would have given Kalvin Phillips a chance to get a rare start, but Guardiola prefers to bring in Walker.

Possible concern for Manuel Akanji

The Man City centre-back was taking part in City’s warm-up drills but has just headed back down the tunnel a few minutes before his team mates.

Akanji was talking with City’s medical team in the dugout before being followed back to the changing room and this could be a forced injury change for Guardiola.

BERN, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 25: Manuel Akanji of Manchester City applauds the fans following the team's victory during the UEFA Champions League match between BSC Young Boys and Manchester City at Stadion Wankdorf on October 25, 2023 in Bern, Switzerland. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

City’s dangerman: Phil Foden

It would be easy to pick Haaland as the City star to watch, but Phil Foden has been quietly going about his business in recent games and starts again tonight.

Foden has scored four goals in all competitions with half of those coming in his last two Premier League appearances against Bournemouth and Man United.

The England international – like many of City’s squad – has struggled to get regular consecutive starts, but is showing signs that he is beginning to mature as a player and in gaining Guardiola’s trust.

Expect Foden to be lively tonight and it would be no surprise to see him score.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - Manchester City v BSC Young Boys - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - November 7, 2023 Manchester City's Phil Foden during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Molly Darlington

A big night for Matheus Nunes

It’s been something of an indifferent start to life for Nunes since he joined in a £53m deal from Wolves. Tonight he needs to take his chance after being given the nod to start by Guardiola.

He’s featured nine times for City in all competitions this season but has registered just one assist and has so far failed to hit the heights many Sky Blues supporters would have been expecting.

Nunes partners Kovacic in midfield tonight and he must deliver on his responsibility to create goals for the hosts at the Etihad.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 4:  Manchester City's Matheus Nunes during the Premier League match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on November 4, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stephen White - CameraSport via Getty Images)

City’s four-in-a-row bidding

Tonight’s hosts can clinch their fourth win of the Champions League group stage, but they also have a rare chance to match their other results in the competition so far.

City have won every group stage game this season 3-1 and while they’ve been unable to keep a clean sheet, their attacking prowess has been too much for their competition to handle.

BERN, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 25: Rúben Dias, Mateo Kovacic, Rico Lewiss, Bernardo Silva, Julián Álvarez, Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrate the goal during the UEFA Champions League match between BSC Young Boys and Manchester City at Stadion Wankdorf on October 25, 2023, in Bern, Switzerland. (Photo by Joan Cros - Corbis/Getty Images)

Who else can join City in the next round?

City will ease into the Champions League knockout stages with victory tonight and it would be a huge surprise if anything but that happense here at the Etihad. But who else could be joining them? Mail Sport did the maths below.

Alvarez misses out on Champions League start

Spare a thought for Julian Alvarez tonight as he starts the match in the dugout. Last week he was named in the Ballon d’Or’s top ten for the best men’s player in the world, yet he is still filling the void of providing backup for the immense Erling Haaland.

The Argentinian started City’s opening Champions League clash against Red Star but has since been reduced to coming off the bench with Haaland favoured by Pep Guardiola.

Alvarez has scored three goals in the competition this season and you wonder just how good he could be if regularly handed starts.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 4:  Manchester City's Julian Alvarez during the Premier League match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on November 4, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stephen White - CameraSport via Getty Images)


City’s Swiss visitors have revealed their starting team for tonight’s Champions League clash and they’ve left their top scorer for the season, Jean-Pierre Nsame, on the bench at the Etihad.


Manchester City name a strong side to take on Young Boys with Erling Haaland fit to lead the line and Rico Lewis being drafted in to midfield.

Jack Grealish is preferred to Doku on the left-wing and you suspect the young Belgian might be slightly irked to miss out on starting after his tremendous weekend performance.

City can qualify for knockout stages tonight

The reigning Champions League holders can breeze into the knockout stages of the competition if they beat Young Boys in Manchester tonight.

City have been imperious in the European cup competition so far, winning three out of three matches, and will qualify for the next stage with another three group points tonight.

Young Boys will put up a fight, but City should have too much for them to handle.

City’s Champions League results:

  • Man City v Red Star (H): 3-1
  • RB Leipzig v Man City (A): 1-3
  • Young Boys v Man City (A): 3-1
Soccer Football - Champions League - Manchester City Training - Etihad Campus, Manchester, Britain - November 6, 2023 Manchester City's Erling Haaland with Julian Alvarez, Rodri, Jeremy Doku and Matheus Nunes during training Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Manchester City assistant coach Juanma Lillo and manager Pep Guardiola during a training session at the City Football Academy, Manchester. Picture date: Monday November 6, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Good evening and welcome to the Etihad

Good evening and thanks for joining us on what is a wet Tuesday evening in Manchester. Man City can brighten the mood by qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages when they kick off against Young Boys at 8pm.

Before then we have all the team news, pre-match hype and lots more to cover.

A general view of BSC Young Boys during the training session at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Monday November 6, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Young Boys. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
A poster depicting Manchester City players, including Jack Grealish, goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck and goalkeeper Ederson is pictured outside of the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on November 6, 2023, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between Manchester City and Young Boys. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • GOAL MAN CITY (1-0) Erling Haaland

  • KICK OFF: City get us underway (0-0)