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Manchester City vs FC Schalke 04 at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Clément Turpin
12th March 2019 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 7 Manchester City

    • ‘35' Sergio Agüero (Pen)
    • ‘38' Sergio Agüero
    • ‘42' Leroy Sané
    • ‘56' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘71' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘78' Phil Foden
    • ‘84' Gabriel Jesus
  • 0 FC Schalke 04


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Stats your lot, folks

A record Champions League win, a record knockout stage win and a place in the quarter-finals.

I'd say it has been a pretty good night all round!!

Thanks for your company and make sure that you join us on Saturday when we travel to Swansea for an FA Cup quarter-final


Pep on Phil Foden

"Foden is 18-years-old and he plays a lot of minutes.

"People should say he be on loan, but he will not. 

"All the time I am here, he is going to be with me because he is incredible player. 

"I'm happy for his first European goal - he did really well."


More from Pep...

"I like when Leroy runs, he is aggressive.

"It is not easy for Leroy, if he doesn't play too much his confidence can drop. 

"After first goal he was aggressive and we know he has incredible qualities."


Pep's verdict...

"We were solid and we didn't concede chances. 

"The second half was incredible.

"We have to do our job and we did it. We were serious and we did and I am incredibly happy to be in the quarter-final draw."


Leroy's verdict

"It was a good game again from us. We knew it would be tough but we did really well and we're happy.

"They stood firm and compact at the start but we know what to do to find the spaces. It was a good win."


All played out

The Schalke players looked a bit shell-shocked when they eventually trudged off.

Would imagine they will be happy in the knowledge they don't have to face City again!


Lethal Leroy

Leroy Sane the man of the match tonight and this was a reminder of his special talent.

When he's on-song like this he's almost unstoppable.


Full time in Turn

Juve have done it.

It's Ronaldo 3-0 Atletico 0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate to the Italians. They join City in the last eight.


Master class

This has been exhibition stuff for the past half hour.

And it's a joy to watch. Like the best craftsmen City make it look easy.

When it's anything but


History men

It's now City's biggest-ever win in the Champions League.

I think its a result that might reverberate around Europe too.

Seriously impressive.


Gift of the Gab

Another patient build up before Bernardo Silva dinks in a cross right and Jesus coolly slots the ball home past the inside post.


One way traffic

The Schalke players look befuddled and bedraggled.

Its been non-stop traffic since our opener and the Germans don't quite know what to do to stem the blue tide.



Nearly another for Foden. He shimmies on the edge of the box before firing in a powerful shot which is parried away.

Still 10 minutes left. Could be more goals yet the way we are playing.


Assist king Sane

Leroy Sane with his third assist of the night and Foden wait for the keeper to come out, skips past him and then coolly applies the finish.

Another top notch goal.


Evening all

After a slow start it's pretty much been the perfect night for us.

Goals a plenty, great displays by Leroy, Ilkay and Danilo to name but a few and vital minutes for the likes of Foden, Jesus and Delph.

Can't ask for much more


City slickers

On this sort of form I can't imagine there will be too many clubs who would want to face City in the last eight.

Quality wherever you look.


Double change

Twin substitution. David Silva and Sergio Aguero coming off and Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus coming on.

Just what Schalke wanted to see!!


Raz-ma-taz! ๐Ÿ’ซ

Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in nine goals (six goals and three assists) in his last four starts at the Etihad in all competitions


Cruise control

The ball from Sane to Sterling was just wonderful curling across the face of goal into the England man's path.

And the finish was equally good the shot rifling into the roof of the net. Brilliant from the Blues.


Not this time

Leroy Sane has the ball in the net from David Silva's wonder pass but its ruled offside.

We go to VAR again but the decision stands.



An exquisite 30 yard through ball by Gundogan puts in Sane but his shot from the left is dragged wide.

Ilkay has been silky smooth all night.


Whack attack

Meanwhile, Aymeric Laoprte is whacked in the back as Embolo attempts a spectacular overhead kick.

Fortunately the Frenchman's back up and running.


Penalty prize guy

Just loved Kun's penalty too.

A cheeky Panenka style chip that bamboozled Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann.

So nonchalant - like he was playing in the park!


Good as goals

Like a fine wine Sergio just gets better with age. He had no right to score that second goal but his strength, agility and killer instinct again came to the fore.

What a player he is.


Three is the magic number

Half time and I'll take that!!

The scary thing is we've been operating in second gear for much of the half.

Now we're in full flight though and it's a joy to watch


Wonder of technology?

VAR has its many fans but there is no doubt right now it slows the pace and momentum of the game for players and fans alike.

Surely the powers that be can find a way to quicken decision making?


Like waiting for a bus

VAR check again but it's allowed.

The German winger was pit through midway in the Schalke half and then nutmegged a defender before finishing in style.

Game and tie over you feel



Almost. Gundogan's quick  free-kick tees up Oleks Zinchenko who pings a lovely cross ball to Sergio but his header lacks power and is gobbled up by the Schalke stopper.


Small margins

Great interplay by Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva on the edge of the box sees the German almost put in Leroy Sane with a delicate chip but Schalke avert the danger. Just


That's a first. I've just seen Bernardo both give the ball away and commit a foul.

The Blues still probing but Schalke are denying us space and time at the mo.


Net loss

The ball is in the net from an Ilkay Gundogan free-kick but the referee had long since blown for a foul by Sterling on the Schalke keeper.


As I was saying...

Out of nowhere a lovely Kyle Walker ball puts in Sterling on the right. His cross finds Sergio Aguero six yards out and his shot goes wide off the post.

That's more like it!!



However from the resulting corner City lose possession and Schalke sprint 40m upfield through Konoplyanka and Bernardo has to head clear.

A reminder to City that Schalke carry a threat.


More from Pep...

"During the season with four competitions, injuries happen. It is the wrong moment of the season for injuries, especially in defence so Danilo has to play there.

"Schalke are a physically strong team like all German teams and have massive quality on the counter-attack. In the league they are not in the top four, but this is a different competition. We feel it will be tough until the last minute and we will try to put in a good performance."


Not long now

Ten minutes and counting and the atmosphere building nicely.

This morning's deluge has thankfully abated so we're almost all set...


Busy, busy

There's no respite for the Blues as after tonight as we have the small matter of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final to follow at Swansea.

Big week in the context of our season.


Action stations...

Just under 40 minutes until kick-off. Schalke are out for their warm-ups, with the City keepers also being put through their paces with the rest of the Blues about to follow suit.

Pressing game

You can tell we are the business end of the season from the number of journalists in attendance.

Packed press gallery tonight with the Fourth Estate out in force.


Pep on tonight's mission...

"It is 90 minutes and still we have a job to do. One week ago we didn't expect PSG or Real Madrid would happen. A lot of things can happen.

"Many things can happen in 90 minutes in this kind of competition. We are quite lucky because we played a long time with 10 men and 2-1 down (in the first leg). In normal circumstances, we would have to make an incredible effort to go through."


Home, sweet home ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

City have only lost one of our 10 previous home meetings with German opponents in all European competitions (W7, D2) - a 3-1 reverse in the 2013-14 Champions League group stages against Bayern Munich.

Elsewhere in Europe...

There's an intriguing last 16 second leg tie over in Italy where Juventus host Atletico Madrid with the Spaniards 2-0 up from the first leg.

Will keep a careful eye on that one too.


Lightning Leroy โšก

Leroy Sane has scored three goals in City's past two Champions League games - as many as he had scored in his first 17 appearances in the competition for the Blues and former side Schalke combined.


Three is the magic number

So three changes for the Blues from Saturday's 3-1 win over Watford. 

big night too for Academy youngster Cameron Humphreys, who is named on the bench.


European King ๐Ÿ‘‘

Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his past three Champions League games (three goals in total) and is looking to score in four in a row in the competition for the first time.


Visiting hours

Schalke have also arrived and some of their players are already getting an early look at the Etihad.

Of course, for two of their squad, former Blues Matija Nastasic and Rabbi Matondo , it will be familiar territory.


Lively Leroy

Leroy Sane has scored three goals in City's past two Champions League games, as many as he had scored in his first 17 appearances in the competition for the Blues and former side FC Schalke combined.


German bite

Schalke have only won one of their past nine Champions League matches in the knockout stages (D1, L7).

However that was their last such away match at Real Madrid in the 2014-15 competition (4-3).

Not too shabby.


Squad goals

Not long until we discover the teams now.

We do know that Fernadinho and Nico Otamendi are both injured while Vincent Kompany sat out training yesterday.

Ben Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne remain injured but John Stones trained while Aymeric Laporte was on the bench against Watford last Saturday.


Power Serge...

Striker Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his past three Champions League games (three goals total) and is looking to score in four in a row in the competition for the first time.

Encouraging omen...

City have won each of our past three meetings with FC Schalke in European competition, including a 5-1 win in the 1969-70 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final in our only previous home match against the German club.


Reasons to be cheerful...

Of the previous 27 occasions of a side scoring three or more goals away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie, all have gone on to progress, including six after winning 3-2.


Pep's thoughts

"All the clubs that are in the knockout stages want to win this title. It is difficult," said the boss. "This competition is judged that when you are out of the last 16 it is a big disaster. My perspective is completely different.

"People say it is easy. Imagine to get into the last eight teams in Europe? Of course we want to win it but the other teams also have this desire."


State of play

City will step out tonight holding a precious 3-2 advantage but there will be no complacency from the Blues.

Manager Pep Guardiola stressed that in his pre-match presser yesterday


Euro focus

Europe seems to be vexing many people's minds today but here the focus is all about sealing Champions League qualification through to the quarter-finals


Good evening Blues

A very warm welcome from the Etihad Stadium where the build up is well underway ahead of tonight's Champions League last 16 second leg tie at home to Schalke.


Team news

โ€‹John Stones trained on Monday ahead of tonight's clash, but there was no Vincent Kompany.

Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho remain side-lined, although Ferna would have been suspended for the clash.

Nicolas Otamendi trained, but is suspended for this game after being sent off in the first leg in Germany.

Cameron Humphreys and Eric Garcia both took part in the mid-afternoon CFA session, under the watchful eyes of the media.

Aymeric Laporte, who returned as an unused sub against Watford on Saturday, could feature against Schalke.


More from Pep...

โ€œWe've had good results away in the Champions League. Here in the past, there are problems but, in this competition, every game is different. It is something special.

โ€œOne week ago, we didn't expect what would happen at Paris St Germain or Real Madrid. Every game is different.

โ€œWe must play the perfect game and do what we need to do to go through. We still have a job to do.โ€


Teenage kicks

Pep Guardiola says City are 'teenagers' in the Champions League and just embarking on a long journey in the competition.

The Bluesโ€™ boss admitted some of the European powerhouses are decades ahead in terms of experience.

โ€œWe could make another step this season, but you need 20, 30 yearsโ€ฆ" he said. "We cannot deny, if we arrive in last stages of this competition, we make another step forward, but I think to compare with other teams, one success doesnโ€™t change it.

โ€œWe are teenagers in this competition,. That's how I feel. We push ourselves. Will not be happy if we donโ€™t go through. We want it

โ€œThe best way is to feel this kind of pressure. You have to dream, to point as high as possible."


Champions League nights under the floodlights...

It's matchday!

The Champions League returns to the Etihad Stadium, as City host Schalke in the last 16 second leg clash.

The Blues hold a 3-2 advantage from the first leg, after that crazy game in Germany!

Will there be similar drama tonight...? Hopefully, not!

Come on , City!

Other games that day

  • Juventus3
    Atlético de Madrid0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Lyon 6 +1 8
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 -8 6
4 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 6 -3 3
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