Manchester City emerged victorious with a 3-1 win against Red Star Belgrade in their first Champions League group stage match. However, there was some confusion surrounding the substitution of Bernardo Silva just before halftime.Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola, is aiming to defend their Champions League title, having secured their first victory in the competition a few months ago.
In the first half, City faced frustration as they took 22 shots without managing to score.
However, right before halftime, Red Star Belgrade managed to score with their only shot of the half. Osman Bukari broke through the offside trap and clinically finished past Ederson.
The goal was subjected to a VAR check, but the decision stood.
Just before the goal, there was an intriguing moment when Bernardo Silva was substituted off.
At first glance, there seemed to be no apparent injury, as the Portuguese player went straight to the bench and sat down instead of heading towards the tunnel.
Jeremy Doku replaced Bernardo Silva, and City turned the game around in the second half, with Julian Alvarez scoring two goals and Rodri adding a third.
The substitution of Bernardo Silva raised confusion among many observers.
Particularly, since he did not display any signs of discomfort prior to being substituted.
However, it has been revealed that the 29-year-old was indeed taken off due to an injury. Bernardo was seen holding an ice pack.
Some speculated that Pep Guardiola substituted Bernardo because he was not performing well during the game.
But during a post-match interview on TNT Sports, Guardiola mentioned that Bernardo was injured, stating, “Yeah (injured) I don’t know, I didn’t talk with the doctor, but hopefully it’s not bad.”