City put four past Basel to close on last eight
Manchester City are homing in on their second quarter-final appearance after a characteristically stylish display in Switzerland.
Runaway Premier League leaders, City – “the best team in the world at the moment” according to their opponents – took just 23 minutes to take control of this tie. İlkay Gündoğan put them ahead with a glancing header, Bernardo Silva added a controlled second and Sergio Agüero a precise third from outside the penalty area.
All that in a ten-minute period of devastation.
Gündoğan bent in his second and City’s fourth early in the second half, leaving the visitors content to preserve an advantage which leaves their Swiss opponents with a mountainous task in Manchester on 7 March.
The German international’s ability to pick a pass is well-documented, but in this game he also demonstrated an attacking edge. His determination to get to the ball for the opener was matched by the cool-headedness he displayed in biding his time before dispatching the shot for his second.
He contributed when his side did not have the ball too, in what was a textbook modern-day midfielder’s performance.
Simon Hart, Man. City: City underlined their status as serious contenders with another show of immense attacking power. They dominated the ball as they normally do and scored some fine goals too – notably the two from Gündoğan. Their tireless pursuit of perfection means they have now scored four times in three different away matches in this season’s competition. To cap another brilliant night for Pep Guardiola, captain Vincent Kompany completed 90 minutes on his first European outing for two seasons.
Ian Holyman, Basel: Having defeated Manchester United in the group stage, there was hope before kick-off that Basel could stun City too. The hosts were outplayed on this occasion, however. The ‘if-onlys’ provoked by some early missed chances are far outweighed by the visitors being untouchable going forward. Raphael Wicky’s side might be forced into damage limitation in a fortnight’s time.
- City enjoyed 69% possession and completed 754 passes to Basel’s 335
- Agüero has scored in all four UEFA Champions League away games this season
- The Argentinian has 14 goals in 11 games this calendar year
- Kevin De Bruyne has four assists in this season’s competition
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Lionel Messi ends his long wait for Chelsea goal in a close draw
Lionel Messi finally has his first goal against Chelsea in his ninth meeting with the Blues.
Lionel Messi has ended a long wait for his first goal against Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
Barcelona hold the slight edge after Lionel Messi’s equaliser gave them a share of the spoils in the first leg of their round of 16 tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The visitors dominated possession in the first half but, one wayward Paulinho header aside, failed to muster any clear-cut chances and were fortunate to reach the interval level after Willian struck the post on two occasions.
The Brazilian fared better in the 62nd minute when he calmly found the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Chelsea looked set to take an advantage to the Camp Nou until Andrés Iniesta burst through and teed up Messi to end his goal hoodoo against the London side.
A fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, Willian was in inspired form all evening. The Brazilian rattled both posts in a dynamic first-half display and made the visitors pay for lax defending at the third time of asking, driving low past Marc-André ter Stegen from the edge of the box early in the second period. A constant outlet on the break, Willian more than justified his starting berth.
MATCH REPORT: UEFA
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Willian brace as Chelsea ease past Hull
Olivier Giroud scored his Chelsea debut goal against Hull.
Chelsea are through to the Emirates FA Cup sixth round after a 4-0 win courtesy of a brace from Willian.
Former Arsenal star Olivier Giroud who signed on to Chelsea in the January transfer got the debut goal he was desperately looking as
Chelsea dominated the match courtesy of Emerson Palmieri cross into the box.
The former Arsenal frontman left the Emirates after securing a £15million transfer to Chelsea. Giroud scored with his signature flick using the momentum from the cross to beat the keeper.
The Blues took the lead after just two minutes when Willian’s curled shot from outside of the penalty area found the net.
Pedro also got on the scoresheet thanks to an assist from Cesc Fabregas to seal the game by half-time.
After the break Hull were a much improved side and were rewarded with a penalty which David Meyler failed to convert.
However Chelsea continued to dominate the pace and Willian came close to a hat-trick hitting the post late on in the match.
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Real Madrid strike late for a two goal advantage over PSG
Cristiano Ronaldo made more UEFA Champions League history as Real Madrid struck twice in the last seven minutes to take a grip on a tie that had hung firmly in the balance.
Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his 100th and 101st UEFA Champions League goals for Real Madrid as the holders struck late to take a firm grip on this last-16 tie.
Paris Saint-Germain spent much of the evening in the ascendancy at the Bernabéu, and for 12 first-half minutes they held the lead through Adrien Rabiot. Yet right on half-time Giovani Lo Celso, one of several youngsters in the visitors’ side, was penalised for a foul on Toni Kroos and Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot.
The French side had the better of the second period but Madrid remained patient and seven minutes from time Ronaldo struck a fortuitous second. Marcelo soon rubbed salt in Paris wounds scarcely healed from their last trip to Spain 12 months ago, when Barcelona sensationally overturned a 4-0 deficit.
Madrid still have to go to France, though.
Ever a man for the big occasion. With his team on the ropes, it was Ronaldo who converted the penalty just before the break, his 100th UEFA Champions League goal for Madrid. He began on his next century late on, finding himself in the right place at the right time to force in after Alphonse Areola had pushed out Marco Asensio’s deflected cross to put his side 2-1 up. There is just something about the No7 and this competition.
- Ronaldo is the first player to score 100 UEFA Champions League goals for one club, reaching the landmark in his 95th game
- Ronaldo has scored in the first seven matchdays this season – also a record
- Ronaldo has scored 21 goals in his last 12 UEFA Champions League appearances
- Ronaldo’s tally of 27 round of 16 appearances is three more than any other player
- This is a record 15th round of 16 tie for Real Madrid, one more than Arsenal and, as of next week, Barcelona and Bayern
- Paris lost 3-1 at Madrid in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1993, and won 4-1 at home