Rico Lewis makes history with City win

Manchester City had already won Group G of the Champions League group stagebut they can feel even more confident after a 3-1 loss to Sevilla on Wednesday.

Of City’s three goals, one has come from Rico Lewis, 17, who became the youngest player in Champions League history to score on his first start in the competitioneclipsing Karim Benzema, as well as the second-youngest Englishman to score in the Champions League.

Lewis had been at the academy with City since he was eight years old. Manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his excitement at being able to bring in someone from the academy and get him to succeed.

“Sometimes you think, ‘I’m going to have to buy full-backs’ and how expensive everything is,” Guardiola said. “But we can give someone from the academy a chance and he can help us back up….it’s a dream come true for all of us.”

Guardiola had taken Lewis on a pre-season tour of the United States in the summer after being recommended by City youth coaches. He said they realized after just a few minutes of watching Lewis play, he “had something special”.

“We don’t give gifts here,” Guardiola said. “He had to earn it.”

When Lewis scored the goal, a 52nd-minute equalizer, he left the field to a standing ovation from the crowd.

“People love academy players, but we see it every day. We know he has quality and I’m really happy for him.

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