City Advance Into UCL Quarters Despite Defeat To Basel
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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