Manchester City have beaten Red Star Belgrade 3-1 in their first Champions League group stage match tonight – and there was some confusion about Bernardo Silva being substituted just before the break.

Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to defend their title having won the competition for the first time just a few months ago.

City were frustrated in the first-half, having 22 shots without scoring.

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And then right on the stroke of half-time, the Serbian outfit scored with their only shot.

Osman Bukari sprung the offside trap to race through and finish clinically past Ederson.

It went to a VAR check, and the decision was upheld.

Just before that, there was an interesting moment when Bernardo was substituted off.

There did not appear to be any kind of injury, and the Portuguese went straight to the bench and sat down as opposed to going down the tunnel.

Jeremy Doku went on in his place, and City went and turned the game round in the second-half with Julian Alvarez scoring two goals and Rodri grabbed a third.

Why Bernardo Silva was substituted off for Manchester City against Red Star Belgrade

Bernardo leaving the field when he did had a lot of people confused.

Especially because prior to his substitution, he had not really displayed any kind of discomfort.

It turns out that the 29-year-old was actually taken off tonight because of an injury. And Bernardo was seen clutching an ice pack.

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Some had wondered whether Pep had hooked Bernardo because he hadn’t been playing particularly well.

But speaking after the game live on TNT Sports, the Spaniard was asked about the maestro and said: “Yeah (injured) I don’t know, I didn’t talk with the doctor but hopefully it’s not bad.”

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