Man City-Basel

Basel surprised Manchester City in the second leg but the result of 1-2 was inevitable to move to the quarterfinals. The English team, for the second time in its history, exceeds the eighths and does so thanks to the bulging score in Switzerland (0-4). In the Etihad, Lang and Elynounoussi came back from the initial goal of Gabriel Jesus and scored the first defeat of Guardiola at home this season, the second since training City.

The alignment of Guardiola indicated that Manchester City had the tie very controlled. There were many changes. Silva was in Spain with permission from the club and both De Bruyne and Aguero, Otamendi and Walker were substitutes. In place of all of them, substitutes. For example, Claudio Bravo played his first match in this edition of the Champions League and the pair of plants was formed by Stones and Laporte. In the center of the field, Yaya Touré, Gündogan and the young Foden were in charge of the creation, while Gabriel Jesus returned to start after returning in the last weeks of his injury.

In fact, the Brazilian was the one who opened the can with his first goal since mid-November. It was in the first minutes, in a new magnificent move by Sané, when Bernardo Silva found the pass into the area and Gabriel Jesus appeared there, always attentive, to score his eleventh goal of the season. A new goal play for the former Portuguese midfielder from Monaco, who has already participated in 10 goals in 2018 (five goals, five assists), the most decisive player of the English after Agüero (18) and De Bruyne (11) .

In spite of everything, the ‘citizens’ did not have the fluency of the best days and committed several lapses in defense. In one of them, Basel achieved the draw. Its author was Elynounoussi after collecting a rejection inside the area. Nothing could do Bravo, who left details of his quality with the ball on his feet, especially in a play where he avoided an attacker with a hat.

With 17 years and 283 days, Phil Foden became the youngest English footballer to play in a Champions League tie. The squad started for the second time in the European competition, his eighth appearance of the season. Guardiola trusts his talent and he showed it by putting it in the beginning.

The second half was spent with a Basel trying to give a joy to its noisy fans and a City willing to win the game with the less usual. In a play on the right, Lang made the second of the premises after an assist from Elynounoussi. Specifically, Lang also scored the goal of victory for Manchester United in the group stage, a goal that allowed them to reach the last 16.

The draw did not come from City, who lost his third game of the season. Previously he had done it against Shakhtar in the last match of the group stage and against Liverpool, in league, the only clash with real value of his three defeats. Basilea, meanwhile, said goodbye with the good taste of knocking down one of the teams of the moment in Europe.

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