After narrowly escaping German with a win in the first leg game against Schalke, one of this year’s favourites Manchester City showed exactly way they have been given that tag with a 7-0 demolition in their last 16 second leg game at the Etihad stadium last night.
Former Schalke player Leroy Sane was a man of a mission as he tormented his former team from the kick off, however it was the clubs all time leading goal scorer who got the scoreboard ticking just after the half an hour mark. Sergio Aguero atoning for missing an early sitter with two goals in the space of three minutes. His first came from the penalty spot after Jeffry Bruma had fouled Bernardo Silva.
His next was off the back off some excellent team play, Ilkay Gundogan’s lofted pass, found Raheem Sterling who in turn found Aguero, however the Argentinian still had to find his way past three defenders before slotting the ball through the legs of Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann’s next up it was the turn of Leroy Sane who collected Oleksandr Zinchenko’s excellent pass before ensuring his side went in 3-0 up at the break.
The half time score meant the visitors needed a small miracle or four second half goals to progress and they managed to hold City at bay for the opening ten minutes of the second half but eventual the pressure told, and City were in again, only for the VAR to correctly deny Sane a second. However, that was a mere distraction as only seconds later City made it four thanks to Sterling devasting finish.
By now it was just a matter of how many they could score and with twenty minutes remaining the flood gates opened as Bernardo Silva collected Sane’s well timed back pass to make it 5-0 before substitute Phil Foden collected yet another Leroy Sane assist as he rounded the keeper to make it 6-0.
City weren’t finished their, with minutes remaining Brazilian Gabriel Jesus found himself unmarked at the near post to place the ball past the desperate Fuhrmann and seal an historic night for City in Europe.
Next up for City is the F.A. Cup this weekend in which they take on Swansea in the quarter finals has they continue their quest for an historic Quadruple. With the Carabao cup already in the bag, they are a point clear at the top of the premier league and in the last 8 of both their remaining knock out competitions as the business end of the season quickly approaches.