Basel v Man City – Story of the match
Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to a comfortable win in Switzerland.
Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-0 win over Basel.
In-form Sergio Aguero also scored his 198th City goal and Bernardo Silva 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 cruusing by then, having eased off to conserve energy in their continuing quadruple quest.
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Player of the match – Ilkay Gundogan
The German took both his goals well and kept the Basel backline on their toes all evening. The first one he showed determination to get on the end of Kevin De Bruyne’s corner and the second he confidently curled into the top corner.
Moment of the match
Ilkay Gundogan’s second goal. The German international doubled his goal tally for the season in this game and it was a superbly taken goal early in the second half that completely killed the game off. He made it look easy, picking the ball up after being afforded far too much space just outside the penalty area and curling it confidently into the top corner of the net.
How many goals can City score?
City took their goal tally for the season in all competitions to 110 and have scored at least four on 23 occasions now. The total of 156 they scored in 2013-14 against now must be well within reach, with a potential quadruple still on the cards.
Even though it was a comfortable victory for City and they kept a clean sheet, manager Pep Guardiola will be a little concerned about City’s vulnerability at the back. Basel could, and perhaps should, have had a penalty and scored twice before City opened the scoring. Ederson then had to make a fine stop after the break. The fact the Swiss side were lightweight in attack was the only reason they did not take advantage and against a European powerhouse of the likes of Real Madrid or Paris St Germain, City will not be so fortunate.
Man City: Ederson 7 (out of 10), Kyle Walker 7, Vincent Kompany 7, Nicolas Otamendi 7, Fabian Delph 7, Kevin De Bruyne 7, Fernandinho 7, Ilkay Gundogan 8, Bernardo Silva 7, Sergio Aguero 7, Raheem Sterling 7.
Substitutes: Leroy Sane (on for Sterling, 57) 7 , David Silva (on for De Bruyne 63) 6, Danilo (on for Aguero 85) 6.
Who’s up next
Wigan v Manchester City (FA Cup fifth round) – Monday, February 19.
Basel v St Gallen (Swiss Super League) – Saturday, February 17.