Manchester City qualifies for the Champions League quarter-finals

Manchester City have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League following a goalless draw with Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of the round of 16.

The English team capitalized on their big away win with five unanswered goals.

Despite failing to reach the net for the first time since the Premier League loss at home to Crystal Palace 0-2 on October 30, City reached the quarter-finals thanks to a sweeping away win with a clean five that allowed Spain coach Pep Guardiola to rest some of his stars in the second leg.

With Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne, Spaniard Rodri, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez on the bench, Guardiola began the encounter with Brazilian Gabriel Jesus as a key forward along with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

In defence, 19-year-old Conrad Egan-Riley, who was making his second senior appearance after the League Cup third-round encounter against Wycombe Wanderers (6-1) in September, stood out.

As predicted, City took the advantage and threatened from the start, but without success to keep the goalless draw going for the first half, and Guardiola started the second with a Mahrez replacing Bernardo Silva and 19-year-old James McAtee instead of Foden.

The impact of Mahrez was very quick, as he gave Jesus a goal in the 48th minute but the referee canceled it due to the intrusion on the latter after resorting to the video assistant referee “VAR”.

Despite the continued attempts, City were unable to reach the net of the Spanish goalkeeper Antonio Adan and almost paid the price on more than one occasion through a counter-attack and the threat of Paulinho in the 76th minute but substitute Scott Carson, who entered in place of the Brazilian Ederson a few minutes earlier to rest the latter, shone and saved the situation.

Sporting tried to return from the “Etihad Stadium” with a moral victory, pressed in the last minutes but to no avail.

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