Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarter finals with an impressive 4-0 win against FC Basel in Switzerland last night. Ilkay Gundogan was star of the show with City’s first and last goal of the night as the visitors took control of the tie early on.
Gundogan opened the scoring in the 14th minute, Kevin de Bruyne’s corner finding him at the near post to head past Basel keeper Tomas Vaclik. The lead was doubled only 4 minutes later, Bernardo Siva showing excellent control to collect Raheem Sterling’s cross before volleying his shot into the net.
Not to be out done, with only 23 minutes on the clock Sergio Aguero continued were he left of at the weekend to notch his 29th of the season with a smart shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out making it 3-0 which it stayed until early in the 2nd half.
Gundogan finishing off what he had started with a curling effort to make it 4-0, and he could have had his Hat trick only for an excellent save from Vaclik.
In last night’s other game, Tottenham Hotspurs had too fight back from two early Gonzalo Higuain goals to earn a 2-2 draw with Italian Champions Juventus in their last 16 first leg in Turin.
Higuain opened the scoring after only two minutes, collecting Miralem Pjanic’s free kick to smash home a volley past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, before doubling the lead from the spot on 10 minutes after Davies mistimed tackle on Federico Bernardeschi.
This seemed to kick start the visitors and shortly after only the experience off Goal keeping legend Buffon was enough to save Harry Kane’s first real effort from 6 yards out. However, the England Striker wasn’t to be denied and brought his team back into the game 10 minutes before the break, latching on to Dele Alli’s pass to calmly place the ball past Buffon making it 2-1 to Juventus.
With Tottenham in full flight they had chance after chance to level, with Alli wasting an excellent chance by heading over the bar, before Buffon yet again came to the rescue, this time denying Eriksen.
Not to be out done by his opposite number Lloris was also in fine form, none more than his penalty saves on the stroke of half time to deny Higuain his hat trick and reopening Juve’s two goal lead.
The second half was dominated by the Premier league side, except for one main instance when Lloris again coming to the visitor’s rescue, producing a fine save to stop Bernardeschi early in the 2nd half. From their it was all Tottenham and eventually they had their chance. Christen Eriksen hitting a well placed low free kick past the impressive Buffon to level the scores and give Tottenham the edge going into their 2nd leg game at Wembley on March 7th.