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Sporting CP v Manchester City Live Commentary, 16/2/22

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MCI
R. Mahrez (7)
Bernardo Silva (17)
P. Foden (32)
Bernardo Silva (44)
R. Sterling (58)
Estádio José Alvalade

Commentary

That is all for tonight folks, thanks for joining us. Goodbye!
The second leg between these two does not take place until March, but Guardiola will have the chance to rest players, especially given their five-goal advantage.
City have sent a message with this result tonight, and if anyone doubted their credentials to win the competition, they might have to think twice. Yes, Sporting were unlikely to progress much further in the Champions League, but they were made to look very ordinary tonight after a majestic display.
A five-star performance from Manchester City means they are as close as possible to the last eight of the Champions League. The reigning Premier League champions were far too good for Sporting, and they proved that after scoring four goals inside the first 45 minutes. Mahrez scored the opener after a VAR check ruled in his favour before Bernardo scored the first of his two goals thanks to a piledriver from inside the penalty box. Foden then tapped in Mahrez's cross to make it three before Bernardo grabbed his second when his shot was deflected into the back of the net. City did not let up in the second half, and Bernardo was denied his hat-trick after being flagged offside. Sterling scored the best goal of the night as his stunning drive from outside the box sailed into the top corner, and it was a night to savour for the travelling City fans.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME - SPORTING 0-5 MAN CITY.
90' + 2' Sporting's crowd are on their feet and making plenty of noise, and it seems to be a tribute to both teams. This has been a humbling experience, but there's been plenty of respect shown towards City.
90' Three minutes of stoppage time to come in Lisbon!
87' City have sent a huge warning to the rest of the competition tonight with his performance. They have cruised to victory and beaten the Portuguese champions without breaking a sweat. Incredible performance, even without some of their key players.
L. Delap
Bernardo Silva
Manchester City
85' Bernardo also makes way and is booed off the field, with Delap the one to replace him.
N. Aké
Aymeric Laporte
Manchester City
85' Guardiola continues to protect his first-team stars, as Ake replaces Laporte.
85' Some of Sporting's players that have made their way to the bench look haunted after that first 85 minutes. City have taught Sporting a footballing lesson, and you would not think they were crowned the Portuguese champions last season.
M. Ugarte
Yellow Card
Sporting CP
83' The referee shows Ugarte a card as he brings down Gundogan inside the centre circle.
83' De Bruyne is back on his feet, but that might be a sign for Guardiola to wrap him in cotton wool.
Luís Carlos
Pedro Porro
Sporting CP
82' Amorim appears to be keeping it as tight as possible as defender Neto replaces Porro for the final seven minutes of normal time.
82' City have an injury to worry about, as De Bruyne goes down holding his leg.
80' CLOSE! Mahrez's cross nearly finds its way into the back of the net, but the Algerian's pass, which hit Coates, lands on the roof of the net, and City will settle for a corner instead.
Ricardo Esgaio
Yellow Card
Sporting CP
78' Esgaio is the latest player to be booked after a lunging challenge on Mahrez.
I. Slimani
Paulinho
Sporting CP
75' Slimani will get 15 minutes to catch the eye, replacing Paulinho in the Sporting attack.
Bruno Tabata
Pablo Sarabia
Sporting CP
75' Another substitution for the home side as Sarabia is replaced by Bruno Tabata.
İ. Gündoğan
Yellow Card
Manchester City
74' Gundogan gets his name in the referee's book after a poorly-timed challenge.
Fernandinho
Rodri
Manchester City
73' Fernandinho replaces Rodri in midfield, and remarkably the latter is given a lecture from Guardiola as he makes his way to the bench.
71' For the first time this evening, City are starting to show signs of letting up. How long that continues is up to City, as Guardiola's side seem capable of turning it on at any moment.
68' Sterling has now scored 150 club career goals. What a way to reach that milestone on a famous night for the Citizens.
Matheus Nunes
Yellow Card
Sporting CP
65' After losing his cool on the touchline, Matheus becomes the first player to be booked. The Sporting midfielder pulled Zinchenko to the floor before lashing out at Rodri.
63' City have become the 14th team to score 200 goals in the Champions League - it's taken them just 97 games to reach the milestone, fewer than any of the other 13 teams in the competition.
O. Zinchenko
J. Stones
Manchester City
61' Zinchenko is now also on the pitch, with Stones making way. That now means Cancelo will move over to right-back!
İ. Gündoğan
P. Foden
Manchester City
61' Guardiola starts to look after his players, with Foden making way for Gundogan.
Bernardo Silva
Assist
Manchester City
59' Bernardo adds an assist to his two goals for the night.
R. Sterling
Goal
Manchester City
58' GOAAAALLLL - SPORTING 0-5 MAN CITY - Oh my word. Sterling scores City's fifth of the night, and that is the pick of them, so far. The Sporting defence stood off him for a split second, and before they could react, Sterling whipped his shot into the far corner, leaving Adan with no chance in goal. If there was a ball-shaped hole in the net, Sterling's effort would have found it. Ludicrously good from the City forward.
56' Although they have done it all season, City's performance is even more impressive without a recognised striker. So far, Foden's movement has been a thing of beauty, and Sporting has struggled to live with their midfield from the first whistle.
53' City are still charging forward at a canter, and for now, Guardiola has yet to turn to his bench. The longer this current team are out on the field of play, the worse it could get for Sporting.
M. Ugarte
Pote
Sporting CP
51' Amorim made a change as that goal was disallowed, with Ugarte replacing Goncalves.
49' GOAL DISALLOWED! Bernardo is denied his hat-trick after VAR rules him offside. The City midfielder had headed home at the far post, but the officials save Sporting - but for how long?
46' We are back underway in Lisbon!
City will not slow down in the second half, and this could become embarrassing for the hosts if they are not careful. Guardiola may use his team's advantage and make some early substitutions, and that might be the only thing that spares Sporting's blushes.
A first-half masterclass from Guardiola's men has practically booked their spot in the next round of the Champions League. Mahrez's opening goal was initially chalked off for offside, but VAR ruled in City's favour, and they have not looked back since. A mouthwatering strike from Bernardo doubled City's advantage, and he has since grabbed a second after Foden's close-range effort. Sporting's crowd did their best to stay with their side, but some sections of the stadium have spent time applauding City's work; they have been that good.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME - SPORTING 0-4 MAN CITY.
45' + 3' De Bruyne tries to get himself on the scoresheet, but he blazes his shot over the bar, and that should bring the first half to a close.
45' Three minutes of stoppage time to come at the end of the first half...
R. Sterling
Assist
Manchester City
44' Sterling gets involved with an assist, but the way City are playing, it might not be long before he gets himself on the scoresheet.
Bernardo Silva
Goal
Manchester City
44' GOAAAALLL - SPORTING 0-4 MAN CITY. Bernardo gets his second of the night, but this one takes a wicked deflection on its way past Adan. Cancelo's crossfield pass picked out Sterling, who cut the ball back for Bernardo. The City midfielder aimed his shot towards the near post, but the deflection helped beat the Sporting keeper, and Guardiola's side are cruising.
42' On what is his 150th Manchester City appearance, Foden has now scored 40 goals for the club.
39' City might be 3-0 up, but they are showing no signs of sympathy. Guardiola's men are dictating possession and continuing to look for a way past the Sporting defence for a fourth goal.
36' Foden is back on his feet which is good news for City!
35' We have our first break in play as Porro brings down Foden after a sloppy challenge.
33' A good chunk of the stadium stood and applauded that third City goal, and that tells you how good they have been, as Sporting's fans must be struggling to watch this on occasions.
R. Mahrez
Assist
Manchester City
32' Assist Riyad Mahrez
P. Foden
Goal
Manchester City
32' GOAAAALLL - SPORTING 0-3 MAN CITY - Guardiola's side are quite simply too good. Mahrez's work on the right-hand side causes problems for the Sporting defence, and his cross falls to Foden in the box. The England international took the ball into his stride, paused for a second, and then slotted the ball into the net. Magnificient from the Premier League champions!
29' Esgaio registers Sporting's first real shot towards goal, but the Sporting winger failed to keep his shot under control, blazing the ball over the crossbar. The offside flag would have denied him anyway, but that is an improvement from the home side.
26' Both Sarabia and Porro have looked threatening for Sporting, but they have yet to force Ederson into a save, which is mainly down to some strong City defending.
24' That strike was Bernardo's first goal in the Champions League this season, and he will have enjoyed that after coming through Benfica's academy.
22' Mahrez has now scored 10 goals in his last 11 Champions League games for City, having scored just two goals in his previous 21 appearances in the competition for them.
20' Sporting's dreams of qualifying are disappearing in front of their eyes. After such a long weight for this last-16 tie, two moments of class from Guardiola's men have put them in total control.
Bernardo Silva
Goal
Manchester City
17' GOAAALLLLLL - SPORTING 0-2 MAN CITY - Bernardo Silva, that is world-class!!! Sporting failed to clear the danger, and none of their defenders could react in time as the City midfielder charged into the box. The Portugal international met the ball on the volley and drilled his shot off the crossbar and into the net. Stunning strike and City lead by two.
16' City win a corner as De Bruyne's shot takes a deflection...
15' The game has settled down for the first time this evening, and it is City that are dictating possession.
12' Every Sporting attack is being cheered by the home crowd, regardless of the quality. It will be up to City to silence them with a second goal, but the fans are enjoying themselves.
11' CHANCE! City nearly double their advantage, but Stones' diving header bounces wide of the goal. The City defender had charged forward from right-back to attack Sterling's cross, but he could not keep his header on target.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
Manchester City
7' The angle was against De Bruyne, but he showed great vision to pick out Mahrez inside the penalty area.
R. Mahrez
Goal
Manchester City
7' GOAL - SPORTING 0-1 MAN CITY - Mahrez's goal stands, and the Algerian could not miss from inside the box. Foden's shot had been parried by Adan, only for De Bruyne to pounce immediately. The Belgian turned on a sixpence in the box, squaring the ball to Mahrez, who did the rest.
7' GOAL DISALLOWED! City carve their way through the Sporting defence, but Mahrez's effort is ruled out for offside. VAR will check the incident...
7' Still no decision, this could mean it is good news for City...
6' Tonight is a big chance for Sporting winger Porro, who is on loan from Manchester City. It is good to see him get the opportunity to play against his parent club, and he will not get a better chance to catch the eye.
3' The atmosphere is electric inside the Estadio Jose Alvalade on the club's biggest night in Europe for over a decade.
1' We are underway in Lisbon!
The two teams are out on the field of play, and we are moments away from kick-off!
Sporting and Manchester City’s only previous meetings in European competition also came at the Round of 16 stage, with the Portuguese outfit knocking the Citizens out in the UEFA Europa League in 2011-12.
Ruben Amorim makes three changes after the 2-2 draw with Porto, with top-scorer Goncalves back in the side in place of Nuno Santos. Porro and Palhinha replace Feddal and Ugarte in midfield, while Guardiola makes five alterations to his team. Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne and Rodri return, with Walker, Zinchenko, Ake, Gundogan and Fernandinho making way.
SUBS: Kayky Chagas, James McAtee, Scott Carson, Cieran Slicker, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Liam Delap, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Ake, Luke Mbete, Romeo Lavia.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling.
SUBS: Goncalo Esteves, Manuel Ugarte, Joao Virginia, Zouhair Feddal, Andre Paulo, Daniel Braganca, Bruno Tabata, Marcus Edwards, Luis Neto, Nuno Santos, Islam Slimani, Ruben Vinagre.
SPORTING (3-4-2-1): Antonio Adan; Goncalo Bernardo Inacio, Sebastian Coates, Matheus Reis; Pedro Porro, Joao Palhinha, Matheus, Ricardo Esgaio; Pablo Sarabia, Pote; Paulinho.
Sporting head into tonight's battle as the underdogs, but they are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions. They were held to a 2-2 draw by Porto in their last league encounter, while City are unbeaten in 12, beating Norwich City 4-0 last weekend.
Sporting settled for second place behind Ajax in Group C, finishing just ahead of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. The Portuguese outfit has reached the last-16 of the Champions League for the first time since the 2008/09 campaign, so tonight's encounter is a big occasion for the club.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League clash between Sporting and Manchester City. The competition has reached the last-16 stage, and Pep Guardiola's men will be confident of advancing into the next round, having topped Group A with 12 points.