Man City brush aside Basel to take firm control of tie - football




Man City brush aside Basel to take firm control of tie

Man City brush aside Basel to take firm control of tie



Manchester City were in fine form to beat Basel 4-0 away from home in the Champions League. 
Ilkay Gundogan scored twice, in-form Sergio Aguero scored his 198th City goal, and Bernardo Silva also got on the scoresheet as Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to victory on a freezing night at St Jakob-Park.
Most of the damage was done as City rattled in three goals in a blistering nine-minute spell early in the first half, dashing Basel’s hopes of causing an upset after making a bright start.
Gundogan struck a sublime second after the break but the Premier League leaders were cruising by then, having eased off to conserve energy in their continuing quadruple quest.
Kevin De Bruyne was removed from the action early and Guardiola also eased Leroy Sane back into action as a second-half substitute following his rapid recovery from an ankle injury.
It was not long before City established control, although they did survive a couple of early scares.
First the pacy Dimitri Oberlin got behind the defence as he raced onto a long ball. He had options as Ederson raced out to meet him, including trying to lob the advancing keeper, but he miskicked and allowed Nicolas Otamendi to clear. Otamendi and Oberlin were involved again as the Basel striker went down in the area attempting to beat the Argentinian but Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson gave nothing.
City made the most of those reprieves to power into a commanding lead.
Gundogan, who had already tested Tomas Vaclik with an early header, got the opener when he met a 14th-minute De Bruyne corner with another firm header at the near post.
A second goal quickly followed as Raheem Sterling’s cross from the left was cleared only as far as Bernardo Silva by Leo Lacroix. With time and space to compose himself, the Portuguese allowed the ball to drop before hitting a firm half-volley past Vaclik.
The visitors were now rampant and the tie soon seemed as a good as over as Aguero let fly from outside the area to register his 29th ... view: 0
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