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  • 2nd Half
  • FC Basel
  • Manchester City
  • Gündogan
  • Dié
  • AgüeroDanilo
  • ElyounoussiBua
  • StockerAjeti
  • De BruyneSilva
  • Fernandinho
  • SterlingSané
  • Gündogan
  • 1st Half
  • FC Basel
  • Manchester City
  • Xhaka
  • Agüero
  • Silva
  • Gündogan

FC Basel - Manchester City
Champions League - 13 February 2018

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The referee blows up and ends a triumphant European evening for Manchester City.

Basel, a team who have historically provided a stumbling block for English sides, provided little difficulty for the bookmakers' favourite in this competition.


The pace is slow as both teams ride the final few seconds out.


Gundogan is also booked, presumably for something he said.


There was absolutely no need for that challenge from Die, on a player with an injury history. The ref has a chat and gives him a card.


A brief scuffle breaks out as Die puts in a nasty tackle on Gundogan.


Oberlin plays a dangerous one-two with Frei on the edge of the area, but Otamendi intercepts.


SUB: Danilo replaces Aguero and lyounoussi is replaced by Bua.


This game has been over for a good hour, but City are still knocking on the door.

Vaclik charges to meet Aguero on the right edge of his area, but the ball runs away from the striker. Embarrassment avoided for the goalkeeper.


Sane dances towards the box but his 18-yard shot is blocked.



Aguero cuts a cross back fromt he left and finds Gundogan in space! His first-time shot is saved by Vaclik, denying the German his hat-trick!


SUB: Ajeti replaces Stocker.



Oberlin shoots from a free kick 35 yards out and forces an outstretched save form Ederson!



Elyounoussi beats Bernardo on the edge of the box and charges towards goal. He shoots point-blank at Ederson, but aims straight at the 'keeper, who bats it away!


Aguero, on the penalty spot, lays the ball back to Silva on the edge of the box. He shoots first time and it ends up in row Z.


SUB: De Bruyne is making way for Silva.


Stocker lifts an area ball into the box in a dangerous area, but Kompany does very well to clear the danger.

Basel are still pushing to get something out of tonight.


Xhaka takes a corner. He swings it out and Lacroix attempts a spectacular overhead kick... but he lands flat on his back and not particularly near the ball.


SUB: Sterling is replaced by back-from-injury-very-early Sane.



Oberlin beats the offside trap down the right channel and attampts a low shot across goal. It rolls a few feet wide of Ederson's post.



It's a beauty from Gundogan!

The German international recieves a square ball from Aguero 20 yards from goal, takes a touch to beat his man and curls one into the top-right corner.



Sterling receives a long ball and charges into the area! The flag stays down! However, he holds the ball up and is dispossessed by a cluster of defenders before he is able to get a shot away.



Elyounoussi hits a speculative half-volley from the left corner of the area, which Ederson tips wide for a corner!

That's one of Basel's better efforts.


Oberlin beats Fernandinho and is clear on goal, but Kompany sprints across and clears the danger on the edge of the area!

Kompany read the situation very well there.



Bernardo picks out De Bruyne around 30 yards from goal. He takes aim and fires a powerful shot into Vaclik's arms.



Aguero takes the first touch as Basel begin their 45-minute damage limitation exercise.


Eriksson blows up for the half after giving a few seconds of injury time.

Basel had a few good chances early in the game, but it's all been one-way traffic.


The best Basel move of the half...


To their credit, the home crowd have remained in full voice throughout this first half.


Die lunges on De Bruyne and gets a stern talking to from the ref, while avoiding a card.


Xhaka is (rightly) booked for wrapping his arms all over Sterling. Granit's brother is furious with the decision - he'll miss the second leg.



Delph cuts a cross back to the edge of the area, where De Bruyne attempts a first-time shot that flies narrowly over the bar! It was a difficult shot to execute, off balance, for the Belgian.


City have managed 303 passes to Basel's 70.


Gundogan tries to find Bernardo charging into the box with a ball over the top, but there's too much on it. Goal kick.


Sterling tries to round Vaclik but the 'keeper gets a glove to it! The ball runs loose and Vaclik is able to parry it out for a corner!

That was nearly number four.


After some lovely passing action around the box, De Bruyne tries to pick out a Walker run into the box, but there's too much on it and the 'keeper collects.


Riveros tries to make a run on the left flank to chase a long ball, but the linesman stops the fun.


Headline writers around the world take note...


Elyounoussi receives a cross in the area and has space to head towards goal... but his headed effort goes up in the air and towards the corner flag. Oh dear.


This is all looking a bit too easy for City at the moment. Basel simply can't deal with their weapons going forward.



Fernandinho loses possession around 25 yards out and the loose ball falls to Aguero, who has time and space to smash a long-range shot into the bottom-left corner.


So far, City have had 76% possession and boast 85% passing accuracy.



De Bruyne beautifully picks out a Sterling run on the left of the area. He, in turn, crosses to an unmarked Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese collects and loops the ball over the 'keeper!


Basel have defended well up until that set piece. A man on the post - or a man tracking Gundogan - would have prevented the goal.


Moments after play restarts, Stocker chases down a long ball, which Ederson is forced to clear with his feet on the edge of the area!


That was an excellent header from Gundogan, who glanced it in with power from a position three or four yards in front of the near post.



Lacroix heads a Delph long ball clear for a corner. De Bruyne swings it in and Gundogan puts it in the net with a bullet header!


Oberlin goes down in the box, trying to claim obstruction by Otamendi, but the ref waves it away.

The crowd are unhappy with that call.


Basel are playing compact in the final third and doing a good job of stifling the final City ball so far.


Bernardo puts in a dangerous cross, but Xhaka clears.

City are playing some patient build-up play, but the danger of a Basel counter is always there.


Aguero tries to claim a loose aerial ball in the Basel area but there are three defenders surrounding him. The 'keeper Vaclik claims it.



Riveros plays a ball over the top to Oberlin, who is clear on goal 35 yards out! Ederson comes out to claim and Oberlin knocks it past him... but there's too little power in the shot and Otamedni runs to clear.

That was very close to being the opener!


Stocker breaks down the right wing from a throw-in and tries to play Oberlin in the box, but he's unable to beat the City offside trap.

A potentially dangerous counter from the hosts.


City had 60% possession during the group stage, while Basel had 39%. That might give you an idea of how things will play out tonight.


Bernardo Silva wins a corner and De Bruyne takes it short. Die pins the action back.


Basel break into the box in the opening seconds with Die carrying the ball, but he's dispossessed and City knock it around.



Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson blows the whistle at a very cold St. Jakob-Park and Oberlin takes the first touch.


More from Guardiola: "We have done well so far [domestically] but this is another competition and every game is tough because of the quality of the players and many, many, many other reasons.

"We are here with confidence to go through, but we know exactly what can happen if we are not at our level. Last season is last season: we played a really good team in Monaco, they reached the semis and won the league in France. We will try to get a good result!”

Kick-off is five minutes away!


Basel have already taken a Manchester scalp in this competition, beating United in their penultimate group stage game at Old Trafford.

Pep, however, beat them 5-0 at St. Jakob-Park with his Barcelona side in the 2008-09 group stage, on the way to winning the competition.


Pep Guardiola on Leroy Sane: "He is on the bench because he can play, but we will see. His fitness is OK, but it's not perfect."

Kick-off is 15 minutes away.


Taulant Xhaka speaks: "I think Manchester City are the best team in the world at the moment. They are compact, very quick going forward. Any of their players can decide the game, like De Bruyne or Agüero, so you can't just let them keep the ball. You really have to be compact and try to disrupt their game.

"[My brother] Granit has played them several timesand he said they're pretty strong because they're always in motion. The football they play is direct with just two or three touches, and going forward they have a lot of speed. He said we have to believe in ourselves, to give our best."


There were signs that Guardiola was ready to move on from Sergio Aguero, but the Argentinean is certainly proving his worth in 2018...


Aside from Van Wolfswinkel, an other familiar name in the Basel squad is Taulant Xhaka, brother of Granit. The siblings famously faced each other at Euro 2016, with Granit represnting Switzerland and Taulant wearing the colours of Albania.

Taulant is a midfielder by trade, but it looks as if he will be employed out-of-position, on the right of a back three, tonight.

His disciplinary record seems to be similar to his brother's...


Basel manager Raphael Wicky: "I think [City have], basically, no weaknesses. They show that every three days in all the competitions they participate in.

"We don't need to talk about the quality of the players or the coach - you can see his way of football, his philosophy. We saw it at Barcelona and Bayern and we see it now at City.''


It's been a while since we last saw Vinny on the continental stage. The Belgian captains the Citizens tonight.


Basel have never progressed beyond the Round of 16, having qualified for it on two previous occasions.

They beat Bayern Munich 1-0 at St. Jakob-Park in 2012, before receiving a 7-0 pounding in Bavaria. In 2015, a draw in Switzerland against Porto couldn't prevent a 4-0 capitulation when they travelled to Portugal.


Some might say City have earned a fortunate draw in the knockout stages this season, but Basel have often been the undoing of English sides.

They have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool (twice), Manchester United (twice) and Tottenham on the continental stage. They even beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Intertoto Cup in 1995.


BASEL: Vaclík, Lacroix, Xhaka, Suchý, Lang, Riveros, Dié, Frei, Stocker, Elyounoussi, Oberlin. Subs: Salvi, Petretta, Zuffi, Van Wolfswinkel, Ajeti, Manzambi, Bua. /// MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gündogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Agüero. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Sané, Silva, Foden


Here's how the home side will line up tonight. Former Premier League heavy-hitter Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is Plan B for coach Raphael Wicky tonight.


Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph earn starts for City, while Leroy Sane and David Silva are to be found on the substitutes bench.

For what it's worth, Pep Guardiola has named the correct amount of subs tonight.


Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary of the Champions League Round of 16 clash between Basel and Manchester City. This is Ryan Bailey (@ryanjaybailey) taking you through all the action from St. Jakob-Park.Kick off is 19.45, team news to follow shortly.