The previous year’s finalist Manchester City has raised the door to the quarterfinals in the Champions League after a power demonstration. The English champion won his eighth-finish first leg at Sporting Lisbon sovereign with 5: 0 (4: 0) and underpinned his title ambitions impressively.
Riyad Mahrez (7.), Bernardo Silva (17th, 44.) and Phil Foden (32.) made everything clear for the team of TeamManager Pep Guardiola before the break. After the change, Raheem Sterling (58.) laid.
The overwhelmed table two from Portugal requires a football miracle in the second duel on March 9 (Wednesday). In the preliminary round, Sporting had prevailed thanks to the direct comparison with Borussia Dortmund.
Guardiola first renounced Ilkay Gündogan, but the guests dominated without the national player at will. The pace and combinations of City had nothing to oppose the Portuguese.
Also in the second round, the guests had the events firmly under control. Gundogan was replaced in the 61st minute.
Guardiola was not after the game in Pure celebration mood. “Some players did not call their best performance. We have lost simple balls. The performance difference is not 5: 0.”
Sporting coach Ruben Amorim, who was still praised by the City Trainer before the game, was blasted after the game: “When City came into the penalty area, she met. This shows how strong you are. But I’m proud of mine Player and also on our fans. “
Sporting – Manchester City: The stations
Sporting: Adan – Porro (82. Luis Neto), Goncalo Inacio, Coates, Esgaio, Rice – Palhina, Nunes – Sarabia (76th Tabata), Paulino (75th Slimani), Goncalves (51. Ugarte).
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MANCITY: EDERSON – STONES (61. Zinchenko), Ruben, Laporte (85th AKE), Joao Cancelo – Rodri (73. Fernandinho) – Bernardo Silva (85th Delap), de Bruyne – Mahrez, Foden (61, Gündogan), Sterling.
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