Manchester City advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals despite suffering their first home loss in over a year, going through on aggregate after a defeat by Swiss champions Basel on Wednesday.
City won the first leg and unsurprisingly their manager Pep Guardiola chose to leave key players on the bench with none of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero or goalkeeper Ederson featuring in the game. With David Silva also missing and veteran Yaya Toure in midfield, City lacked the zip and fluency that has characterised their play this season.
City's last home defeat came in December, against Chelsea in the Premier League and while this loss can be largely dismissed, due to the weakened side playing a game with little at stake, there will be concern that Guardiola's second string failed to make the most of their opportunities. One bright spot was the performance of year-old midfielder Phil Foden, who became the youngest English player to feature in the knockout stage of the Champions League and delivered a composed performance throughout.
The evening began positively for City, unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League home matches, when Brazilian Gabriel Jesus put them ahead in the eighth minute. German winger Leroy Sane danced through the Basel defence and set up Bernardo Silva whose low cross was tapped in by the Brazilian forward for his first goal since November. It seemed like another comfortable City win could be on the cards but Basel, backed by an impressively vocal travelling support, were clearly determined to restore some pride.
The visitors drew level nine minutes after Jesus' goal when Mohamed Elyounoussi buried the ball in the bottom corner with a well-struck effort from just inside the area. Runaway Premier League leaders City were content to play their trademark possession football but without any real threat in attack. Basel's endeavours were rewarded in the 72nd minute when, after excellent work from Elyounoussi, Michael Lang blasted past Claudio Bravo at the near post.
While Guardiola was not unduly concerned about the result, given the tie was virtually decided two weeks ago, he was disappointed with the way his side approached the second half. In the second half we forgot to attack.
Just passing to pass is nothing, you have to pass to attack. The second half was really, really, poor," he said. For Basel coach Raphael Wicky, the display clearly restored confidence to his team after their heavy loss in the first leg. I am very proud and happy with the team, in difficult circumstances they produced a really good performance," he told reporters.
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The Chicago Fire have named Georg Heitz as their new sporting director, the club announced on Friday. Swiss club said the banana had been thrown from the part of the St Jakob Park stadium that was occupied by their supporters. Xherdan Shaqiri's former manager at Basel, Thorsten Fink, believes the Switzerland international has world-class natural footballing ability. Roma got a boost for the Champions League group-stage draw when Basel crashed out in the second qualifying round on Wednesday.
Southampton have made their second signing this week with attacking midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi joining the Saints on a 5-year deal from Basel. Ajax have announced the signing of Dusan Tadic from Southampton, who have lined up Basel's Mohamed Elyounoussi as a replacement. A rotated Man City came up losers against Basel in their second leg, but Pep Guardiola's side look more than ready to face stiffer challenges ahead. Manchester City wrapped up their straightforward passage into the Champions League quarterfinals on aggregate after a loss against Basel.
Basel coach Raphael Wicky hopes his side can do themselves justice when they face Manchester City again on Wednesday. Man City were too much for Basel in every way, as again Kevin De Bruyne showed he belongs in the company of the world's best, writes Jonathan Smith. Basel might be tempted to use Dimitri Obertin as their secret weapon against a potentially vulnerable Manchester City on Tuesday. Basel coach Raphael Wicky is confident his side can spring a surprise against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.
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ArthurF. Valentin StockerM. Edon ZhegrovaF. Andrea PadulaM. Afimico PululuF. Samuele CampoM. Skip to navigation.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his side "forgot to attack" against Basel as they suffered their first home defeat since but still reached the Champions League quarter-finals. City's away win meant Wednesday's second leg of the last tie was almost a formality, with Pep Guardiola resting several first-team players. But Mohamed Elyounoussi lashed home a leveller and then set up Michael Lang's second-half winner.
The Premier League champions elect, who dominated the first half but wilted after the break, actually broke the Champions League record for passes completed in a game - - despite losing. This was three days after breaking the league landmark with against Chelsea. But Guardiola was not too impressed, saying: "Just to pass the ball for itself is nothing. When we pass the ball we do it to move through the opponents to attack.
The second half was really, really poor. I think in the first half we showed we wanted to win the game. We created a lot of chances and we were good. We just passed for itself and when that happens, that is not football. It is only the second time City have reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup or Champions League. Juventus, Real Madrid and Liverpool are the other sides to have clinched their last-eight spots this week.
Guardiola - who has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona but not since - is not worried about a repeat of the performance in the next round. The damage was done in Switzerland three weeks ago. A much-changed City were impressive going forward in the first half, although John Stones and Aymeric Laporte had some shaky moments at the back.
Their year-old midfielder Phil Foden - the youngest Englishman to play in a Champions League knockout game - showed some good touches in midfield and earned praised from Guardiola. Silva and Sane were explosive at times in the first half, with both players having a hand in their goal. Sane ran from deep, played a one-two with Foden and charged on some more before playing the ball right to Silva.
His low cross was tapped in at the back post by Jesus, making his first start of Elyounoussi equalised for Basel after finding some space in the box but City still dominated the first half. Ilkay Gundogan forced a save and the German and Yaya Toure both had shots blocked. The second half was poorer, though, and City fell to just a fourth defeat of the season and first at home since 3 December when they lost to Chelsea.
The hosts lacked bite going forward and left room at the back for Lang to receive Elyounoussi's pass and smash into the top of the net at Bravo's near post. Guardiola named Ederson, Kyle Walker, Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi on the bench in case of emergency, but he only introduced more youngsters from the bench. Basel's dominance of Swiss football looks like it might come to an end this year.
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The Premier League leaders suffered their 1st home defeat of the season. Just like in the 1st leg fixture, coach Raphael Wicky played a system. Midfielder Fabian Frei played in a defensive position. Taulant Xhaka replaced Balanta in the 1st leg but Xhaka was banned from playing in Manchester due to yellow cards. Jakob-Park, against Chelsea FC We used the space very effectively.
Keeper Tomas Vaclik deserves a big compliment as his performance on the night was solid as a rock. Based on chances created on both sides, was a fair result. The 2nd half started off slowly, but well done FCB as they managed to keep the strongest Premier League offense at bay. For quite some time there was no offensive danger to be seen. He scored from a tight angle; ! FC Basel had won their 2nd fixture on English soil. Their first victory; against Chelsea FC in This is the first time FCB managed to win and score away from home during this stage of the competition.
It was always going to be a massive challenge to turn things around after losing the 1st leg in Basel, but despite failing to qualify for the next stage of the competition, FCB departed in style. We can be proud of our performance. There is no point in looking too far forward as we now need to focus on our next fixture, against FC Luzern on Sunday.Basel vs Manchester City. St Jakob-Park Attendance: Attendance 36, Manchester City took a giant stride towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a clinical victory over Basel in the first leg of their last tie at St.
City raced into a three-goal lead inside 24 minutes thanks to a near-post Ilkay Gundogan header 14a Bernardo Silva volley 18 and Sergio Aguero's thunderous th goal for the club Basel had a strong penalty appeal declined before the City deluge but the Swiss champions - often the scourge of English sides in Europe - had no reply, as Gundogan's second 53 wrapped up a comprehensive victory for Pep Guardiola's men.
It means City can set their sights on the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for only the second time, barring a miraculous Basel turnaround in the return leg at the Etihad on March 7. Subs: Ajeti 5Bua 5. Man of the Match: Ilkay Gundogan. City tested Tomas Vaclik inside two minutes as he tipped a Gundogan header over the bar, but the Basel goalkeeper would spend the rest of the half picking the ball out his own net as City ran riot.
It could have been a different story for Basel had Dimitri Oberlin converted a sixth-minute chance after racing through on goal, or if Nicolas Otamendi's barge on the striker in the area had not gone unpunished. But, after a couple of early scares, City settled into their groove and took the lead in emphatic style as Gundogan fired a near-post header into the back of the net via a Kevin De Bruyne corner. One soon became two as Bernardo Silva chested and volleyed a deflected Raheem Sterling cross through the woeful defences of Vaclik, who stood and watched as Aguero bludgeoned a third to move within two goals of a double century of City goals.
Basel, a shadow of the side that beat Manchester United in the group stages, reached the interval without falling further behind, and Mohamed Elyounoussi's swerving shot drew a fine save from Ederson on 49 minutes.
But the hosts' faint hopes of a comeback were nonchalantly extinguished by Gundogan, who skipped inside three defenders before curling an unstoppable effort into the top corner. Such was City's dominance, they were able to give Leroy Sane a run out as he returned from a ligament injury five weeks ahead of schedule. Vincent Kompany returned to captain Manchester City as Pep Guardiola made two changes to the side which thrashed Leicester.
The other saw Fabian Delph replace Alexander Zinchenko at left-back. Oberlin spurned two chances to grab a consolation for Basel but City ruthlessly saw out the game, and could have had a fifth had Gundogan's goal-bound effort not been thwarted by the sprawling Vaclik 16 minutes from time.
All eyes were on Sergio Aguero ahead of kick-off following his four-goal haul against Leicester but City's dynamic midfielder stole the show. At the heart of an imperious display throughout, the German opened and completed the scoring in front of his international manager Joachim Low. And had it not been for the late heroics of Tomas Vaclik, he would have had hat-trick. Enter your selections for free here. Fill 2 Copy 11 Created with Sketch.
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Wednesday 14 FebruaryUK. Live Carabao Cup Final.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised "extraordinary" Ilkay Gundogan as his side took a giant step towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a comfortable win at Basel. City took command of the last first-leg tie within half an hour in Switzerland as Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero all scored within a nine-minute period.
German Gundogan, who returned from a nine-month injury lay-off in September, added his side's fourth - and his second - 10 minutes after the break.
Last season we missed him a lot with injury for six months and that's why we are so satisfied, not just the quality but personality to play," Guardiola told BT Sport. Gundogan put City in front on 14 minutes, heading in Kevin de Bruyne's corner at the near post.
Four minutes later Silva doubled the lead, cushioning Raheem Sterling's cross on his chest before firing a volley at Basel keeper Tomas Vaclik, who could only tip the ball into his own net. Aguero then scored his 29th of the season and his th for City in the 23rd minute, whipping a right-footed shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards with Vaclik rooted to the spot. Gundogan curled City's fourth into the top corner 10 minutes after the break and was denied a hat-trick by Vaclik, who saved the German's shot from close range.
The return leg at the Etihad on 7 March should be routine for City, who lead the Premier League by 16 points and face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. The visitors were relentless in attack and the scoreline reflected an imperious performance by Guardiola's side. But Basel were able to get at the heart of the City defence on a number of occasions. It was the home side who threatened first with striker Dimitri Oberlin squandering an excellent chance on a counter-attack with only the onrushing keeper Ederson to beat.
Valentin Stocker saw his shot blocked when also through against Ederson, while the Brazilian keeper had to make a finger-tip stop to deny Mohamed Elyounoussi from long range. The chances kept coming for Oberlin in the second half as he missed a close-range header and saw a free-kick saved by Ederson. At the beginning of February, Guardiola was lamenting City's injury list and he only named six substitutes for the draw at Burnley. But his bench in Basel showed that the injury crisis is nearing an end as both Leroy Sane and David Silva were named as substitutes.
With the game won, Guardiola was able to give valuable game time to that pair and rest his other stars. Sane, who had initially been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury sustained in City's FA Cup win over Cardiff on 28 January, came on for Sterling, while Silva made his return from a hip injury as a 62nd-minute replacement for De Bruyne.
In defence, Fabian Delph returned to left-back after missing the last six games with a knee injury, while captain Vincent Kompany played his first Champions League game since May This strength in depth will be crucial as the Premier League leaders continue to chase a historic quadruple. We are almost in the quarter-finals. Champions League is always minutes and we will take the game seriously but it's an excellent result.
Match ends, Basel 0, Manchester City 4. Second Half ends, Basel 0, Manchester City 4.
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Vincent Kompany Manchester City wins a free kick in the defensive half. Foul by Albian Ajeti Basel. Attempt blocked.