Manchester City 1-2 FC Basel: City advances into quarter-finals despite home defeat

City advances into quarter-finals despite home defeat - NGscoop
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City advances into quarter-finals despite home defeat - NGscoop
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Manchester City progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite a surprise 2-1 home defeat against FC Basel on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola’s side only needed to avoid a huge home loss after thrashing the Swiss team 4-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, and Gabriel Jesus’ early goal put City five clear goals ahead on aggregate.

But despite City’s massive advantage, Pep Guardiola’s men took their foot of the gas as goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Michael Lang either side of half-time consigned the Premier League leaders to a rare defeat in an otherwise stellar season.

City still easily progressed 5-2 on aggregate, but Guardiola will want to see more from his players in the run-in if they are to realise their dreams of winning a treble.

Guardiola made six changes from the side that beat Chelsea at the weekend with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva among those not included – and not surprisingly the intensity dropped.

Veteran Yaya Toure started for the first time in 13 games and 17-year-old Phil Foden was also given an opportunity.

Back in the starting line-up too, for the first time since suffering a knee injury on New Year’s Eve, was Jesus – and the Brazilian was quick off the mark.

Leroy Sane cut through the Basel defence with a trademark run and Bernardo Silva played a low cross through the legs of two defenders to present Jesus with a simple tap-in at the far post. It was his 11th goal of the season but his first since November and his celebrations showed his relief after two frustrating months on the sidelines.

Guardiola made six changes from the side that beat Chelsea at the weekend with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva among those not included – and not surprisingly the intensity dropped.

Veteran Yaya Toure started for the first time in 13 games and 17-year-old Phil Foden was also given an opportunity.

Back in the starting line-up too, for the first time since suffering a knee injury on New Year’s Eve, was Jesus – and the Brazilian was quick off the mark.

Leroy Sane cut through the Basel defence with a trademark run and Bernardo Silva played a low cross through the legs of two defenders to present Jesus with a simple tap-in at the far post. It was his 11th goal of the season but his first since November and his celebrations showed his relief after two frustrating months on the sidelines.

The introduction of Brahim Diaz after the hour did inject some energy into midfield but City were caught out soon after as Basel took a shock lead on the night.

Aymeric Laporte switched off as Elyounoussi cut back from the right and fed Lang, who rifled a shot past Bravo at the near post.

City’s place in the last eight was never in doubt but they went through in subdued fashion and have still never won both legs of a Champions League knockout tie.

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