Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

City advance to Champions League QFs despite loss to Basel

City advance to Champions League QFs despite loss to Basel

City lost Wednesday's return leg at the Etihad 2-1 but still cruised through to the last-eight after the first leg in Switzerland finished 4-0.

Manchester City: Claudio Bravo 6 (out of 10), Danilo 5, John Stones 6, Aymeric Laporte 6, Oleksandr Zinchenko 5, Ilkay Gundogan 5, Yaya Toure 6, Phil Foden 7, Bernardo Silva 7, Gabriel Jesus 7, Leory Sane 7.

Mohamed Elyounoussi, who was born in Morocco but represents Norway at senior level, scored Basel's equaliser against City on Wednesday before assisting the 2-1 victor.

Manchester City's Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph are recovering well from their injuries and face fitness tests to determine if they will be available for Monday's Premier League game at Stoke City, manager Pep Guardiola said.

The second half continued just like the first ended, Tottenham trying to put their more illustrious opponent to the sword with Kane going close and Moussa Dembele bossing the midfield.

The tie is pretty much over after City destroyed the Swiss side at their stadium and won by a 4-0 score without any trouble. We are not getting a very good price betting on the home side to win and due to that reason, we should avoid this bet. The second half was really, really poor.

"We will watch United vs Liverpool as a spectator and it would have happened whether there was this big difference or not". We still feel we are not there where we want to be, but we are quite happy at the moment.

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At 17 years and 283 days old, Foden became the youngest Englishman to ever play in a Champions League knockout match, as well as the youngest to play in a Champions League knockout match for an English club.

"That's why I insisted to start well and we did well in the first half".

Elyounoussi had another chance to make things slightly more interesting in terms of the competitiveness of the tie, but when through on goal for a second time he kicked the turf instead of the ball. In the second half we just passed the ball to pass the ball.

"When the opportunity comes for me, I'll do my best and I'm sure that they'll support me".

They were hardly words to boost Aguero's self-belief but the Argentina striker has won over Guardiola.

Not to be outdone, Bravo took it upon himself to show off his own talents: rushing out to onrushing balls with wild abandon, at one point the goalkeeper took on not one but two Basel players, dinking the ball over their heads to the great delight of the crowd.

"When we face teams that are fighting to stay in the Premier League, you can not imagine how complicated it is".

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