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Manchester City are in the box seat thanks to Sane and Sterling’s late goals. Coming from behind with 10 men is the perfect preparation for their League Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday. Tedesco will be very disappointed with the defending for the first and third goals as they limited City to long-range efforts for much of the match. Schalke face Mainz, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Werder Bremen in their next three matches as they look to return to form before the second leg of this tie.
Manchester City beat Schalke 3-2 at Veltins-Arena in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie. Aguero put Manchester City in front before two Bentaleb penalties late in the first half gave the hosts a shock 2-1 lead at the break. Otamendi received a second yellow card in the second half for a rash challenge. Former Schalke winger Leroy Sane scored a stunning free-kick to make it 2-2 before Sterling calmly finished past Fahrmann to complete a dramatic comeback.
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FULL-TIME: SCHALKE 2-3 MANCHESTER CITY
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Burgstaller joins Ederson in the book for his role in the confrontation.
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The referee shows Ederson a yellow card for an angry reaction after an argument between several players from both sides.
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Schalke are throwing bodies forward as they push for an equaliser but their crosses are lacking quality.
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There are a minimum of five added minutes.
Ederson gets the assist for an optimistic punt up the field.
STERLING! CITY GO 3-2 UP! Sterling latches onto a long ball from Ederson, bumping Oczipka away from the ball. He takes it down and passes it into the corner of the net.
Zinchenko is picked out on the left wing and wins a corner.
Tedesco makes his third and final change, replacing Uth with Harit.
K. De Bruyne
Zinchenko comes on in place of De Bruyne for the final few minutes.
WHAT A GOAL! LEROY SANE! 2-2! Leroy Sane lines up the free-kick from just under 30 yards out in a central position. His left-footed effort curls and dips into the top-right corner past a diving Fahrmann. Incredible.
Sterling is isolated on the ball inside the Schalke half. Caligiuri sticks a foot out, though, and trips the England international, giving City a free-kick in shooting range.
Schalke finally break forward after a period of prolonged possession. Uth slides in Skrzybski, who shoots inside the area. His shot is blocked.
Leroy Sane's first touch comes on the left touchline and he quickly loses the ball.
City are not pressing with the same intensity at the moment, allowing Schalke to pass between their defence and midfield.
Guardiola introduces Leroy Sane against his former club and suprisingly brings off Aguero.
Skrzybski comes on in place of McKennie, who appears to still be struggling after picking up a knock earlier on.
Over the bar! Bernardo Silva carries the ball along the edge of the box, eyeing up a left-footed strike. He holds onto it for a second or two too long, though, and eventually hits an off-balance shot over the bar.
Schalke press City high, forcing a scuffed pass up field from Laporte. Aguero is beaten in the air, but City win it back in midfield.
De Bruyne and Gundogan stand over the free-kick 20 yards from goal. De Bruyne steps up to take it and tries to go under the wall. It gets deflected and bounces just wide.
Salif Sane goes into the referee's book for bringing Bernardo Silva down on the edge of the Schalke box.
Kompany gets close to Burgstaller as they compete for a long ball. The Belgian defender pokes the ball away, leaving the Schalke striker appealing for another foul.
Burgstaller briefly leaves the field after receiving treatment. He quickly returns to the action.
Guardiola brings Kompany on in place of David Silva in response to the red card.
Burgstaller is down in pain after Otamendi’s forceful challenge. The physios rush onto the pitch.
OTAMENDI SENT OFF! Otamendi clatters Burgstaller from behind and is immediately shown a second yellow card. Reckless defending.
Aguero has attempted six shots so far. Schalke have only attempted five.
Mendyl, who has worked hard all night, is replaced by Burgstaller.
De Bruyne clips a pass towards Sterling on the left. It's a great effort, but Bruma reads it well to intercept and head back to Fahrmann.
Serdar recovers to quickly trot off the field and is ready to return. McKennie needs treatment for a minute or so, but jogs back onto the field.
McKennie and Serdar are down in the City half. Serdar was caught in a challenge with De Bruyne as he took a shot. McKennie was hit by Laporte's studs as he cleared the ball.
A long pass is punted up to McKennie. He wins the header, but is isolated and City win the ball back.
Gundogan's shot is blocked on the edge of the area. The ball bounces back to him and he shoots again on his left. This time it goes wide.
A Pep Guariola side has never lost a Champions League game against German opposition (W7 D3).
Aguero skips past a challenge around 30 yards from goal after a pass from Walker. He creates space to shoot. His effort is mishit and slowly bounces wide of Fahrmann's goal.
Caligiuri does well to hold off Sterling as the England international takes him on down the left.
City look to have an opportunity to counter. An underhit pass from Aguero to Sterling loses momentum and allows Schalke to get behind the ball.
Caligiuri swings a right-footed cross towards Uth. The forward slides to try and reach it, but the ball is too far in front of him and bounces out for a throw.
City start the half with a long passing move. Fernandinho considers a shot from distance, but turns it down and passes to De Bruyne in the area. The Belgian spins on the edge of the box and fires a shot towards goal. Nastasic deflects it just wide. The corner is dealt with by Schalke.
The referee gets us back underway for the second half.
Tedesco will be absolutely delighted with the score. Schalke were outplayed for the majority of the first half, but rode their luck to win and convert two penalties. Tedesco will be frustrated with the sloppy defending that led to Aguero's goal, however. Guardiola will be very disappointed and he may look to make changes early in the second half. Leroy Sane could make a difference off the bench.
Schalke lead Manchester City 2-1 at half-time thanks to a pair of Bentaleb penalties. Aguero gave the visitors the lead from close-range before a VAR decision gave Bentaleb the chance to equalise from the spot. He swept it past Ederson into the bottom-right corner. Soon after, Fernandinho fouled Salif Sane in the area to give away another spot kick. Bentaleb calmly scored again, giving the hosts an improbable 2-1 lead.
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HALF-TIME: SCHALKE 2-1 MANCHESTER CITY
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David Silva gets time and space between the lines. He tries to force a pass through to Aguero and overhits it. Fahrmann claims.
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There will be five added minutes at the end of the first half.
2-1! BENTALEB SCORES AGAIN! Bentaleb smashes the penalty into the top-left corner past a diving Ederson. The Manchester City goalkeeper got a hand to it, but it was not strong enough to stop Bentaleb's well-struck shot.
Fernandinho goes into the referee's book for his foul and protests about the penalty.
SCHALKE GET ANOTHER PENALTY! Fernandinho pulls Salif Sane to the ground as the free-kick is delivered into the area and the referee points to the spot.
David Silva crudely fouls Serdar in midfield and is very unhappy that a free-kick is given. The referee is at risk of losing control at the moment.
Uth is shown a yellow card for a poorly timed sliding tackle.
Salif Sane catches De Bruyne with his arm as they compete for an aerial ball. De Bruyne goes to ground and wins a free-kick.
GOAAAL! BENTALEB CONVERTS! Bentaleb steps up after a long wait and calmly fires into the bottom-right corner with his left foot.
Otamendi receives a yellow card for the handball.
The VAR awards a penalty to Schalke for Otamendi's handball!
The referee calls both captains to speak to him after a lot of appeals for VAR.
Blocked! Caligiuri cuts onto his left on the edge of the area and strikes a shot goalwards. Otamendi blocks. Schalke appeal for a handball and VAR are reviewing it!
De Bruyne's free-kick clears the wall and Fahrmann saves.
Caligiuri gives away a free-kick around 30 yards from goal for a handball as he challenges Sterling.
Fernandinho lofts a pass behind the defence for Aguero to chase. He loses the ball as he tries to turn in the corner.
City head the resulting corner clear. Schalke retreat to their defensive shape, allowing City to pass the ball between their defenders.
Enterprising work from Mendyl on the left wing wins Schalke a corner.
David Silva attempts a throughball from the right wing towards Aguero. Salif Sane reads it perfectly and steps in to intercept.
Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions.
Uth is given a rare opportunity on the ball in the City half. He shifts onto his left and opens his body to shoot for the far corner but it goes just wide.
Schalke commit bodies forward for a corner. Caligiuri takes it and fails to beat the first man.
David Silva fouls Serdar in the centre circle, giving Schalke an opportunity to get up the pitch.
City are back again straight after the goal as De Bruyne crosses from the right. It is blocked.
GOAL! AGUERO MAKES IT 1-0! Aguero capitalises on some defensive chaos to tap into an empty net from eight yards out.
David Silva is credited with the assist. He won the ball after a poor Fahrmann pass and squared it to Aguero.
De Bruyne is given time from range and shoots with his left. It's straight at Fahrmann.
Serdar catches David Silva with a late challenge as City tap the ball around in midfield. The referee gives a free-kick.
McKennie chases a long ball down the right flank and pulls back Laporte. City's centre-back goes down and wins a free-kick.
Schalke are unable to get out of their half so far. City are pressing very high and winning the ball back with ease.
Another give-and-go from Sterling exposes Schalke down City's left. The hosts get a lucky break and it bounces behind for a goal kick.
Sterling and David Silva are outnumbered on the touchline, yet they somehow come out with the ball and win a free-kick. City are passing the ball around without much pressure from Schalke.
Gundogan is left unmarked on the edge of the box from a corner. De Bruyne finds him, but he hits his shot straight into the ground and Schalke clear.
Good save! Aguero forces a leaping save out of Fahrmann after a training ground routine from the free-kick.
Caligiuri commits to a challenge on Sterling and is beaten to the ball. City get a free-kick in a good crossing position.
David Silva and Sterling play a one-two on the left. Sterling crosses and it is diverted behind for a corner.
Fahrmann rushes out to clear a deflected pass before Aguero can get to it.
A passing move from City sees David Silva play Walker in behind the defence. Nastastic blocks his cross and City get the ball back in midfield.
Aguero gets his first sniff of goal after a lovely pass from De Bruyne, but he is closed down before he can get a shot off.
Fahrmann's first touch of the ball is a scuffed clearance that gives City a chance to press in midfield.
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!
Schalke scored six goals in this season’s group stages, the lowest tally amongst the 16 clubs left in the competition, with five of those six goals coming after half-time. However, only Borussia Dortmund (5) kept more clean sheets than Schalke (4).
Guardiola rings the changes, having named a rotated team to face Newport in the FA Cup at the weekend. Only Ederson, Otamendi, David Silva and Fernandinho retain their places. Kompany is fit enough to make the bench, but John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are out injured. Leroy Sane has to settle for a spot among the substitutes against his former club.
Tedesco makes four changes to the Schalke side that drew with Freiburg. Bruma slots in on the right of the back three, which sees McKennie move into midfield. Caligiuri is brought in on the right flank with Bentaleb and Mendyl playing in the front three alongside Uth. Matondo, Harit and Kutucu drop to the bench and Omar Mascarrell is suspended.
SUBS: Riyad Mahrez, Danilo, Leroy Sane, Vincent Kompany, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Arijanet Muric, Phil Foden.
MANCHESTER CITY (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte; Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling; Sergio Aguero.
SUBS: Rabbi Matondo, Amine Harit, Alexander Nubel, Guido Burgstaller, Ahmed Kutucu, Sebastian Rudy, Steven Skrzybski.
SCHALKE (3-4-1-2): Ralf Fahrmann; Jeffrey Bruma, Salif Sane, Matija Nastastic; Daniel Caligiuri, Suat Serdar, Weston McKennie, Bastian Oczipka; Nabil Bentaleb; Mark Uth, Hamza Mendyl.
Schalke have been knocked out in the round of 16 in each of their last three Champions League appearances – 2010/11 was the last time they made it past that stage, reaching the semi-finals.
Manchester City have won 12 of their last 13 matches. The goals have been flying in of late, scoring 10 in their last two. Pep Guardiola’s side are still fighting for all four trophies and will fancy their chances of a convincing win this evening ahead of the League Cup final this Sunday.
Schalke are out of form at the moment, having only won four of their last 13 matches in all competitions. They sit 14th in the Bundesliga after a 0-0 home draw with Freiburg at the weekend. Domenico Tedesco’s side will be low on confidence and face a very tough task against an in-form Manchester City side.
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