October 11, 2022
Man City vs Sporting highlights and reaction as Gabriel Jesus strike disallowed and Scott Carson comes on

Manchester City safely negotiated their Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Sporting tonight thanks to a goalless draw at the Etihad.

City were endemic in Lisbon three weeks ago to register a 5-0 lead ahead of tonight’s second leg at the Etihad. The lead proved useful given the defensive problems Pep Guardiola suddenly had, with four key men ruled out.

Kyle Walker served Game 2 of a three-match suspension, while Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake remain out with injuries. Joao Cancelo is ill and therefore will not feature. That leaves Aleks Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones as City’s only available senior defenders.

Guardiola started Under-23 captain CJ Egan-Riley at right-back, while James McAtee and Luke Mbete were introduced in the second half, as was third-choice keeper Scott Carson. In terms of match action, Gabriel Jesus’ disallowed effort just after the break was the closest either side came to scoring as both looked comfortable sitting out.

Follow below for pre-match preparation, live match updates and post-match reaction from the Etihad.

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Fernandinho praises the academy and comments on the future

Speaking to BT Sport, Fernandinho said:

“It’s important to keep playing well, especially after Sunday’s game against United. Some players come in, it’s important to buy a few minutes and get everyone going in the same direction.

“We played the same way we always play. Of course we didn’t have as many chances. We had one, offside, created more chances. Football is bad luck sometimes.”

On his 100th Champions League appearance:

“I’m so proud of that, so grateful to the two teams I’ve played for. A big achievement for me and I thank my team-mates.”

On the academy players:

“It shows the great job City are doing with the academy. They train with us every day, know exactly what they have to do. They felt really comfortable, I’m so happy for them, especially for CJ for making his Champions League. I hope they can play more often.”

On his performance and his future:

“I was fine. I’m so happy to play tonight and hopefully I can play more minutes. Who knows? [about his future] Only God knows.”

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Player ratings

Ederson Should have taken his phone with him and participated in the fan torchlight display – 6

Conrad Egan Riley The 19-year-old Manchester boy integrated seamlessly, secure in defense and clean in possession – 7

John Stones Cruise through the game, effortless in defense and incisive with the pass – 7

Aymeric Laporte Could afford to relax, but was a bit too laid back at times – 6

Oleksandr Zinchenko Reminded everyone what an underrated player he is – compact in defense and adding value higher – 7

Read the full reviews here.

Manchester City’s Fernandinho looks to overtake Sporting’s Manuel Ugarte (Picture: Manchester City)

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Quarter-final standings

Real Madrid pulled off a stunning turnaround to beat Paris Saint-Germain, knocking out Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the Round of 16.

Here’s what the quarter-finals picture looks like now:

  • Bayern Munich
  • liverpool
  • City of Man
  • real Madrid
  • Benfica or Ajax (2-2)
  • Chelsea or Lille (2-0)
  • Atlético Madrid or Manchester United (1-1)
  • Villarreal or Juventus (1-1)
The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Image: Getty Images)

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Full time

Thank goodness for that.

City progress to the quarter-finals in incredibly boring fashion, but it will be more than enough for Pep Guardiola. Probably.

Reaction to follow.

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Sterling hits the side net

McAtee almost has a nice assist as he feeds Raheem Sterling to fire into the side netting.

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The stones are heading towards

John Stones encounters a corner and steers narrowly.

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Three minutes added

Not really necessary, is it?

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Free kick Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez hits a free kick well, but it’s directly on the goalkeeper.

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Mbete introduced

Luke Mbete arrives for his Champions League debut.

Aymeric Laporte is behind.

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Back to the Etihad

Riyad Mahrez has a deflected shot for a corner. This came after Islam Slimani moved closer to Sporting.

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Madrid in the lead

As nothing is happening at the Etihad, I will continue to bring you updates from Real Madrid vs PSG.

Karim Benzema has scored his hat-trick and Madrid now lead 3-2!

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To Madrid

Real Madrid turned the tables by scoring twice through Karim Benzema to level the aggregate score 2-2.

There are ten minutes left (plus overtime) in that one.

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Carson is a popular introduction

‘England’s number one’, followed by ‘Carson, give us a wave’ comes from the stands.

Then a huge roar as Carson denied Paulinho one-on-one with a fine save. The two players collided and remained on the ground.

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Change of city

Ederson is gone. Yes really.

Scott Carson makes his first appearance of the season.

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More than 20 minutes…

Sporting fans have done Poznan, City fans have done Poznan, but we haven’t had any cause for excitement on the pitch yet.

Sporting are still trying but aren’t good enough to break through the Blues, while City appear to be stuck in neutral, rolling towards the finish. It was not entertaining.

Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko (Image: AMA/Getty Images)

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great luck

Fernandinho splits the defense to pass Mahrez through, but his cross to Raheem Sterling is blocked for a corner.

Almost.

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How close City came to scoring

It was how close City came to scoring through Jesus. His shoulder was ruled slightly offside.

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Edwards involved immediately

Marcus Edwards picks up Aleks Zinchenko and gets a decent shot, but it’s still relatively easy for Ederson to save.

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Sports change

Former Spurs youngster Marcus Edwards is for the visitors. Pablo Sarabia is gone.

Meanwhile, Sporting fans are making Poznan as they are determined to enjoy their trip to Manchester.

“What c—— h— is that?” answer City fans.

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Ederson collects

After 56 minutes, Sporting succeeded.

It takes a deflection, though, and Ederson recovers it easily.

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Jesus shot reversed

Another good job, again involving McAtee, finds Gabriel Jesus cutting inside and shooting on goal.

The keeper needs two attempts to grab it.

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nice move

James McAtee has already displayed some great touches and assists for the first time. As City move in and out of the Sporting defence, they back into the path of Gabriel Jesus in the area, but a defender comes back just in time to clear

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Brilliant start from McAtee

McAtee is pinned down and links well down the left with Zinchenko.

City’s best chance to score is probably still Mahrez, although he is much more clinical than the rest of his team-mates.

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No goal – offside

Jesus was ruled offside. It was very close, but it won’t hold.

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Jesus scores!

A goal!

Riyad Mahrez takes a cross ball from the sky, falls to the surface after a few good touches and a few deflections, before feeding Gabriel Jesus.

He gets to the near post, but VAR checks for offside.

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back in progress

Looks like McAtee started in Foden’s position, with Mahrez on the right and Jesus moving to the left.

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Teams retreat

Two changes for City.

Riyad Mahrez replaces Bernardo Silva and James McAtee replaces Phil Foden.

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Some statistics

City had 66% possession, four shots (two on target) from Sporting’s nil and completed 338 of the visitor’s 147 passes.

Sporting looked like they could be a threat during the break, but not enough to score five goals in 45 minutes.

The main question is can City score a goal after the break to kill the draw once and for all, before they start bringing in some of the youngsters on the bench?

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan vies for possession with Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Tabata (Image: CameraSport via Getty Images)

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In the other game

As we have been deprived of any meaningful action at the Etihad, as expected, there is a cracker going on in the other Champions League game tonight.

Paris Saint-Germain took a 1-0 lead against Real Madrid tonight, and they overtook it in the first half at the Bernabeu thanks to another goal from Kylian Mbappe. Real, however, are far from outdone, despite the aggregate score of 2-0.

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