City 1 FC Basel 2
March 7th 2018 att.49,411
Champions League
With a four goal lead from the first leg we expected City would make several changes to the regular team but we did not expect such a poor effort to equalize when Basel went ahead in the second half. It is a long time since I heard boos when the game ended. It was the first time City had been beaten at home since the Chelsea match 459 days ago - December 3rd 2016!
City did achieve a record - 978 passes - Champions League record! Oh and Phil Foden became the youngest English player to play in the tournament at 17 years 283 days.
When Jesus scored an easy goal early in the match we thought it was going to be another easy win but Basel helped by magnificent support by their fans equalized shortly after and it appeared that when the visitors took the lead City were quite happy to pass the ball about in the middle of the park and there was a distinct lack of urgency. It was a shame that Aguero did not come on so that he could have celebrated his 200th goal in front of the home fans! In fact we brought on a defender for Foden in the final minutes!
Not the best of second halves to remember for City fans.
Of the first choice team only Sane started the game. Toure was skipper and there was a start for Phil Foden. There were six changes from the Chelsea match
Considering the first leg score there was a very big turnout of Basel fans and they certainly made their presence felt!
No it's not a low cloud!
Their leader -btm right in grey - certainly had them organized
An early cross from Sane is saved by the keeper
On 8 minutes Gundogan passes to Benardo Silva.....
......who crosses and the ball somehow evades 2 defenders and runs to the unmarked Jesus.....
..who has the easy task of placing the ball into an empty net and City are one up - five nil on aggregate
Time for celebrations
Serey Die shoots well over the bar
Benardo Silva has an effort blocked
So who is the England manager watching today!
On 16 minutes Gundogan has a good chance.....
...following a corner but the keeper manages to save in the end
A minute later an unmarked Elyounoussi cracks in a shot and goodness me it hits the back of the net and it's one all
The Basel fans seem to be quite pleased about that!
On 29 minutes Sane passes to Gundogan but his effort is blocked
Danilo brings down Elyounoussi and the free kick goes just wide
Elyounoussi beats Danilo....
...and looks certain to score but somehow he fails - thank heavens
a let-off for City
Basel clear a City corner
Riveros shoots but Bravo saves
Bravo has to come out to clear with his chest!
Lacroix gets a yellow for a foul on Jesus just before half time
Foden tries to break through but cannot get in a shot
Off goes Gundogan and on comes Diaz
A glimpse of two of City's up and coming youngsters
71 minutes and there looked to be no danger when suddenly the ball flew into the back of the net from a narrow angle
Lang was the man who won the game for Basel and I'm sure the Basel fans went home happy despite losing the tie
Foden tries to get past Lang
Jesus gets a yellow card for a foul on Lang
Diaz beats his man
Diaz has a shot saved - City's last effort!
Sane fails to break through
Diaz keeps trying to the end
Bravo 6: Danilo 6, Stones 6, Laporte 6, Zinchenko 6.5: Toure 6, Gundogan 6.5 ( Diaz) Foden 7.5 (Adarabioyo) , Sane 7.5, Bernardo Silva 7, Jesus 5
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