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Next up for Schalke is a must-win match at home to Leipzig on Saturday which could go a long way into their aim for Bundesliga survival in a terrible domestic campaign for the Gelsenkirchen outfit. As for City, their charge towards a historic quadruple continues with an FA Cup quarter-final trip to Swansea City on the same day.
City spent the second half rubber-stamping their pre-tournament status as one of the favourites for the Champions League by completely obliterating their visitors en route to the quarter-finals! Gundogan controlled the midfield with the confidence of a seasoned regista, while Leroy Sane played his part in tormenting his former side with a goal and a hat-trick of assists in a majestic display. Guardiola will be ecstatic in the manner of the victory, and coming through this tie with no new injury worries as their quest for the quadruple continues. As for Tedesco’s struggling Schalke, they must now focus on staying in the top-flight without the heady distractions of Europe hovering over them.
FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 7-0 SCHALKE
Aguero has now scored in each of his last four Champions League games (five goals), which is a personal best for the City legend.
Jesus' goal now makes this the largest defeat by a German side in Champions League history.
Bernardo Silva also shifts from scorer to provider, getting in on the action by helping Jesus to cap off another patient piece of play by one of the Champions League favourites.
GOOOOAAALLLL!! JESUS MAKES IT 7-0!! An absolute mauling at the hands of the Citizens, who tiki-taka their way around the Schalke box before Bernardo Silva finds Jesus in space before the latter curls a low effort which slides underneath Fahrmann’s outstretched arms and into the back of the net! Guardiola’s men are now 10-2 ahead on aggregate, and a message has been duly sent to Europe’s footballing heavyweights!
City's nine aggregate goals are the most by an English side in the Champions League.
FODEN ALMOST NETS ANOTHER ONE! Fahrmann had to beat the ball away after the youngster manages to find himself in space and let loose with a powerful drive that the Schalke keeper had to beat away for a corner!
Teuchert comes on in place of the quiet Burgstaller as Tedesco makes his final change of the match.
It’s a hat-trick of assists for Leroy Sane who, along with Gundogan, has been instrumental in City’s swashbuckling display in this match.
GOOOOAAALLL!! FODEN BAGS HIS FIRST IN EUROPE!! Another great move by City as Leroy Sane dances around his namesake Salif before threading a cute pass towards the youngster, who calmly rounds Fahrmann and slides the ball into the back of an empty net to make it 6-0 for his side, who are now 9-2 up on aggregate!
Guardiola is on his way to extending his unbeaten run against Schalke as a manager, having won five and drew two oh his previous seven clashes against the Bundesliga strugglers.
Mendyl comes on for McKennie in Tedesco’s second substitution of the game.
Guardiola hooks off Laporte, bringing on Delph for his final change of the match as he looks to rest his key players with the tie all but won.
It’s another assist for the electric Leroy Sane, who has now been involved in 77 goals under Guardiola.
GOOOAAALLLL!!! BERNARDO SILVA MAKES IT FIVE!! The Portugal playmaker caps off an excellent team move by City, starting with Foden who plays in Zinchenko out on the wing who then passes to Leroy Sane, and the Germany winger’s subsequent cut-back finds the onrushing Bernardo Silva who drives it low into the bottom left-corner of Fahrmann’s goal! It’s now 5-0 to the rampant Citizens, who are also 8-2 up on aggregate!
That was Embolo's last act of the game, as he comes off to be replaced by Skrzybski for Tedesco's first substitution.
Embolo initially gets the better of Zinchenko only for the full-back to retaliate by barging into the back of the Schalke forward. The Ukrainian gets himself booked for his troubles.
City are on course to end a run that has seen them lose their last two Champions League knockout matches at the Etihad - both 2-1 defeats to FC Basel in March 2018 and Liverpool in April 2018.
Aguero also comes off to the applause of the Etihad, as he also makes way to be replaced by Jesus up top.
Guardiola begins his round of substitutions, starting by bringing off David Silva in place of the young Foden.
Leroy Sane tries to find Sterling again and threads another threatening pass through, but the ball is too quick even for the England winger and Fahrmann comes out of his area to collect it.
Sterling has now been directly involved in nine goals in his last four starts at the Etihad in all competitions (six goals and three assists).
Salif Sane finds Konoplyanka, who shoots from outside the box only for Ederson to comfortably deal with the Ukraine winger’s effort.
Leroy Sane continues to torment his former side, as his cross found Sterling with acres of space to bury it past Fahrmann.
GOOOOAAALLL!!! STERLING GETS HIMSELF ON THE SCORESHEET! Leroy Sane turns from scorer to provider as he switches play out on the other wing and finds the England man in the Schalke box, who hits a first-time effort past Fahrmann and into the back of the net! VAR is called for again after Sterling was alleged to have been offside, but the goal stands and City are now 4-0 up and 7-2 ahead on aggregate!
The Etihad celebrates again as Sane rounds Fahrmann to net his second and City’s fourth of the game, but he is flagged offside after being judged to have sprinted a second or two too early. Referee Turpin reviews the decision with the help of VAR, and the call stands. Still 3-0 to the Citizens.
LEROY SANE ALMOST NETS HIMSELF A BRACE! Gundogan releases the winger with another beautifully weighted pass that the ex-Schalke man is able to reach before taking one touch and side-footing his effort past Fahrmann only for the ball to trickle wide of the away goal!
Laporte becomes the second defender to go down after attempting to block Salif Sane’s acrobatic effort only for the latter’s boot to bring the centre-back to the floor. The France stopper is able to get back up though, only receiving the brunt of the contact on his shoulder.
Despite taking down Embolo and earning himself a booking for it, Danilo comes off worse after the challenge as he is looked at by medics for a stray boot in his eyelid. Blood continues to trickle from the defender’s eyelid, and he comes off the pitch for treatment to continue.
Leroy Sane has now been directly involved in 75 goals under Guardiola, trailing only Aguero (109) and Sterling (92).
Bruma blocks Leroy Sane’s effort after Sterling manages to break through the Schalke defence to start off the half.
Schalke get play restarted as the second half gets underway!
Schalke now have nothing to play for but pride, and may come out of the interval with nothing to lose as the under-fire Tedesco is on course to suffer his fourth defeat on the bounce in all competitions. Damage limitation should now be on the forefront of the visitors’ minds, while City are in a comfortable enough position to potentially rest a few key players and bring on the likes of Foden and Humphreys-Grant who could make his senior bow later.
The first half ended with City brandishing some Manchester-made tiki-taka and toying with their opponents with training ground-ease. An Aguero brace and a Leroy Sane strike have silenced the raucous away support, who made all the noise before Aguero’s first-half penalty broke the visitors’ stout resolve. Barring a miracle akin to that famous night in Istanbul back in 2005, Guardiola’s men are now set to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time in the club’s history.
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HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-0 SCHALKE
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STERLING ALMOST MAKES IT FOUR! The in-form England winger plays two exquisite one-twos with Danilo before running into the box and meeting his Brazilian teammate’s final pass with a first-time effort that is hit straight at Fahrmann and bounces clear!
Leroy Sane has now scored his 50th goal in all competitions at senior club level (37 for City, 13 for Schalke).
Zinchenko’s beautiful pass made all the difference, leaving McKennie bewildered.
GOOOAAALLLL!! CITY ARE NOW 3-0 AHEAD! Zinchenko slides a pin-point throughball towards Leroy Sane who speeds past McKennie and the ex-Schalke winger scores his 14th goal of the season to put his side 6-2 ahead on aggregate!
Sterling does excellently to beat Oczipka and assist Aguero for his second, but credit also goes to Gundogan who has been excellent in midfield so far!
GOOOAAAALLL!! CITY ARE RUNNING AWAY WITH THIS NOW! Gundogan again the orchestrator as his weighted pass reaches Sterling in the box, and the winger manages to outmuscle his marker before cutting it back towards the onrushing Aguero who stays on his feet despite intense defensive pressure to score past Fahrmann! And despite having to wait an awfully long time for VAR to confirm it, Guardiola’s men are now 2-0 up and 5-2 ahead on aggregate!
Stambouli rampages towards the City goal unchallenged, and instead of playing any of his teammates, elects to shoot himself only for his low drive to go well wide of Ederson’s left.
Outstanding movement by Aguero who gets on the end of another Gundogan ball from deep and weaves his way around the sea of fluorescent green shirts before scuffing his shot straight at Fahrmann!
Aguero has now scored 11 goals in his last seven Champions League games against German opposition.
GOOOOAAALLL!! CITY FINALLY GET THEIR GOAL! Cool as you like by Aguero, who leaves Fahrmann stranded as the ball is chipped down the middle and nestles into the back of the net! 1-0 to City, and now 4-2 on aggregate as they have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals!
PENALTY TO CITY! The Etihad erupts after Bruma is ruled to have fouled Bernardo Silva as the latter tried to get on the end of an exquisite chipped pass by Gundogan! The Schalke players surround Turpin and after consulting his colleagues via his earpiece, the decision stands and the hosts have a great chance to strengthen their grip on this tie!
Stambouli fouls David Silva once again, and City win another free-kick that is played short to Zinchenko. The full-back floats in a teasing ball towards Aguero at the far post only for the Argentine’s weak header to fall safely in the hands of Fahrmann.
Zinchenko sloppily gives the ball away to Serdar who tries to play Burgstaller in, but the in-form City full-back recovers well to win it back. Tedesco’s now lining up his men in a 5-4-1 with Burgstaller playing the role of the lone forward.
Referee Turpin earns the ire of the City faithful after Zinchenko escapes punishment for barging Embolo as the Schalke forward gave chase to the ball.
Aguero, Sterling and Leroy Sane are all starting together for the 12th time this season (out of 48 games), and for the first time since Jan 29th, when City lost 2-1 to Newcastle.
Sterling gets back in his own area to cut out McKennie’s weak cross after the Schalke midfielder managed to burst through the hosts in midfield.
With Gundogan dictating the tempo in midfield with both Silvas David and Bernardo slightly ahead of him, City are expectedly having a lot more of the ball than their opponents.
Schalke enjoy their first real spell of possession in the City half and win a corner off Walker after Oczipka’s cross is deflected away by the right-back. The Schalke man whips it in only for the home defence to clear.
Stambouli takes down David Silva out on the wing and City get a free-kick which Gundogan fizzes towards the Schalke area only for the ball to hit a defender and bounce upwards, with play ending after Sterling fouls Fahrmann in mid-air.
AGUERO ALMOST BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! Walker finds Sterling’s run outside his opposite full-back with a lovely throughball, and the winger cuts the ball into the six-yard area towards Aguero only for the forward to shoot wide from close-range! Credit to Stambouli for applying enough pressure for the Argentina striker to miss an effort he would normally bury!
Schalke conduct some more backs-to-the-wall defending after Salif Sane just about manages to take the ball away from Aguero before the striker poised himself to shoot!
Stambouli, wearing a protective mask after fracturing his cheekbone a few weeks ago, performs some solid defending to not only dispossess Leroy Sane just outside the area, but also draw a foul from the winger.
David Silva curls in a threatening free-kick that the away defence just about manage to clear before ex-Schalke man Leroy Sane is able to get a chance in.
The away fans are bringing the atmosphere at the Etihad, thoroughly enjoying themselves despite the situation their side is currently facing.
McKennie does well to track and tackle Sane, but his challenge earns City the first corner of the match. Gundogan plays it short, but the hosts lose it to Konoplyanka who starts a counter and plays Embolo in, only for his cross to be overhit and deflected away for a Schalke throw-in.
Zinchenko loses the ball to Embolo out on the touchline, but the young Schalke striker loses the ball in a congested City midfield before the hosts counter. However, Sterling’s early cross from inside the away penalty area is safely caught by Fahrmann.
The hosts are decked in their home colours of sky blue, while the visitors are sporting their fluorescent green away kits.
Referee Clement Turpin blows his whistle, and City get us underway at the Etihad!
The players are out and kick-off is drawing near.
Guardiola has won all five of his home games in the Champions League against German opposition as manager - his sides have scored 21 goals while conceding just two in return.
Tedesco makes one more change than his opposite number after their 4-2 loss at Werder Bremen on Friday, with Konoplyanka coming in for the injured Daniel Caligiuri in midfield. Serdar is also preferred to Skrzybski, while Nastasic makes way for Salif Sane to partner Bruma and makeshift defender Stambouli at the back. Finally, senior goalkeeper Fahrmann is back between the sticks, replacing Nubel in the process.
Guardiola makes just three changes from the side that won 3-1 against Watford on Saturday, with Sane coming in at the expense of Mahrez out on the left. Otamendi’s suspension and club captain Vincent Kompany’s absence mean that Danilo is the only candidate to partner Laporte at the heart of defence, with Stone s only fit enough to make the bench. Fernandinho is also banned for this second-leg, allowing Gundogan to continue impressing in midfield alongside both Bernardo Silva and stand-in skipper David Silva.
SUBSTITUTES: Steven Skrzybski, Alexander Nubel, Sebastian Rudy, Hamza Mendyl, Cedric Teuchert, Rabbi Matondo, Ahmed Kutucu.
SCHALKE XI (3-4-1-2): Ralf Fahrmann (c); Benjamin Stambouli, Jeffrey Bruma, Salif Sane; Yevhen Konoplyanka, Weston McKennie, Nabil Bentaleb, Bastian Oczipka; Suat Serdar; Breel Embolo, Guido Burgstaller.
SUBSTITUTES: Gabriel Jesus, Cameron Humphreys-Grant, Arijanet Muric, Fabian Delph, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, John Stones.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Danilo, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva (c); Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane.
Schalke, in the starkest of contrasts, have had a dire time of it recently. Currently sitting just four points away from the Bundesliga drop zone, Domenico Tedesco’s men have been on a three-match losing streak since that dramatic first-leg at the Veltins-Arena three weeks ago. Despite having won only one competitive away match since November, the German outfit have fared a lot better on their continental road trips having been unbeaten in 12 of their last 15 European away visits. However, a daunting task lies ahead of them at the Etihad.
Manchester City showed true resolve and determination to come back from 2-1 down win 3-2 in the first-leg, even when Nicolas Otamendi was sent off with almost 20 minutes to go. Currently in the midst of a nine-match winning run in all competitions which has seen them leapfrog Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and also includes their successful defence of the EFL Cup, Pep Guardiola and his quadruple-chasing Citizens will aim to finish the job in front of an expectant fanbase seeking a first-ever Champions League triumph.
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