FULL TIME, Manchester City 1-2 FC Basel: Not the result we wanted, but it’s fine. We’re through and I didn’t have a heart attack. Plus there were a lot of changes and none of the really key players had to play, so it’s a good night overall.
We’re now in the quarter-finals, and we certainly will get a team tougher than Basel. But this Round of 16 was good preparation for what comes next.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-2 FC Basel (71’): So this is getting interesting... After a really nice individual play by Elyounoussi, Michael Lang found himself in space inside the box and fired a rocket that Claudio Bravo couldn’t control. Basel lead and need three more goals to qualify now.
HALFTIME, Manchester City 1-1 FC Basel: Really fun first half, with an early goal for both teams and a lot of action after it. City dominated possession and had some good chances, and Basel were pretty dangerous on the counter attack. No more goals were scored, though, so we’re still tied at the half. With only 45 minutes left and having to score four goals without conceding, Basel are most likely eliminated, but they’re putting up a good fight.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 FC Basel (17’): Oh hey, Basel scored! The traveling fans from Switzerland have something to celebrate as Elyounoussi found himself alone in the box, right in front of Bravo and fired home the equalizer. It’s now 5-1 on aggregate, and it’s still nothing to worry about.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 FC Basel (8’): It took the Blues less than ten minutes to open the scoring, and what a great goal it was. Lots of passes, than a beautiful run by Leroy Sané, an assist by Bernardo Silva and a tap-in for Gabriel Jesus, who scores for the first time after injury. It’s a big goal for the Brazilian, and City are most definitely qualified now.
KICKOFF! Manchester City 0-0 FC Basel: Don’t lose today, boys. No need for heart attacks when you’re up 4-0 from the first leg.
It’s Champions League night! Manchester City welcome FC Basel to the Etihad (it’s the City of Manchester Stadium for UEFA, because reasons) for the second leg of their Round of 16 tie. 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.
With a place in the quarter-finals 99% guaranteed, City will be looking to have a good match to keep the momentum going and complete the job as easily as they started it in Basel. Pep Guardiola is expected to make changes to his team and rest some key players, but we’re still going to see a strong squad and you cannot miss this one.
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Competition/Round: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 2nd leg
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 7.45pm GMT (UK), 8.45pm WAT (Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 1.15am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
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How to watch on TV: BT Sport 3 (UK), Fox Sports 2 (USA), SuperSport 6 (Nigeria), TSN2 (Canada), SONY TEN 1 (India), others
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Starting XI: Bravo; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Touré, Foden; Bernardo, Jesus, Sané
Substitutes: Ederson, Walker, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, De Bruyne, Brahim, Agüero
Starting XI: Vaclik; Suchy, Frei, Lacroix; Lang, Dié, Zuffi, Riveros; Bua, Oberlin, Elyounoussi
Substitutes: Salvi, Petretta, Kaiser, Stocker, Manzambi, Ajeti, Van Wolfswinkel
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