Manchester City advance to the Champions League quarter-finals with a goalless draw against Sporting


The City of Manchester Qualified for the quarterfinals Champions League After a 0-0 draw at their ground against Game LisbonPortugal won the first leg 5-0.

In a match they dominated, but without revealing the usual offensive game, that team Pep Cardiola He was able to score a goal through Gabriel Jesus early in the second half but it was canceled for an offside by the Brazilian striker.

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Even if you decide to tie in the first leg, Pep Cardiola He did not want to take the risk and left only three regular starters on the bench, Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, Algerian Riyad Mahrez and Spanish Rodrigo.

The other change was forced: Portuguese winger Joao Gonzalo, ill, left his position to young Conrad Egan-Riley, who made his European debut at the age of 19.

City began to dominate, but without giving their game the usual momentum, it made it easier for the Portuguese to defend, and they were not much interested in looking for a goal defended by Brazil’s Ederson Moraes.

Little by little, the Cardiola team increased its revolutions and in the 24th minute came the first chance to score on a shot taken by Spanish goalkeeper Antonio Adon with his fists on a shot by Bill Foten.

The other obvious possibility is that City Before the break, the Spanish goalkeeper pulled out a hand (38) in a match between Raheem Sterling and Adon.

Entrance to Mahrez Stadium, one of the best players CityThe second half was noticed as the Algerian player’s personal game sent Gabriel Jesus into the net, although the referee canceled the Brazilian striker’s offside goal (47).

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After a while Gabriel Jesus tried again, but Adan saved twice (56).

In the last half hour, the Sports He seemed to be moving one step forward in search of a valuable win, and Englishman Marcus Edwards got one of the first chances for Sporting, a shot from inside the area saved by Ederson (60).

In the final stage, Cardiola He allowed the luxury of exchanging Ederson for Scott Carson, but not because of the Brazilian’s injury, but to give the 36-year-old senior goalkeeper a chance to make his debut in the Champions League.

Carson responded by throwing himself at Paulinho’s foot to save the Portuguese striker’s goal (76).

Carson could not celebrate his debut Champions With one win, but City qualified for the quarterfinals, in which they are currently second.

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