City Advance Into UCL Quarters Despite Defeat To Basel

City Advance Into UCL Quarters Despite Defeat To Basel

by | 8th March 2018

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his side “forgot to attack” as they suffered their first home defeat since 2016 but still reached the Champions League quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate over Basel.


City’s 4-0 away win meant Wednesday’s second leg of the last-16 tie was almost a formality, with Pep Guardiola resting several first-team players.


They led through Gabriel Jesus‘s opener from Bernardo Silva‘s cross – his first goal since November.


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 – 978 – despite losing. This was three days after breaking the league landmark with 902 against Chelsea.


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.






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