Manchester City’s match programme delivered a
temptation impossible for fate to resist when it
described Luis Suarez as “the dogsbody in this
trio of artful dodgers” in comparison to Barcelona
superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The Uruguayan striker known for his bite as well as
his bark demonstrated he is much more than a
mongrel among pedigree champions with both goals
in a 2-1 win that leaves City contemplating an
identical Champions League fate to last season, when they fell to Barcelona in the last 16.
This was Suarez’s first game in England since his
farewell to Liverpool on 11 May and a 2-1 win against
Newcastle United that was scant consolation for a
late slump that cost them their first title in 24 years.
And it was the first time he had faced goalkeeper Joe
Hart since he effectively ended England’s World Cup
campaign with both Uruguay goals in their 2-1 victory in Sao Paulo on 19 June.
Suarez subsequently left Brazil in shame after biting
Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini before completing a £75m
move from Liverpool to La Liga with Barcelona.
He may have gone but he was not forgotten. Suarez’s
name was greeted by a chorus of boos when it was
announced at Etihad Stadium – but within minutes he
was reminding City, Hart and the rest of English
football what it had been missing.
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