Saturday 21 April 2018

Basel stun limp City

Man City 1-2 Basel (Man City win 5-2 on aggregate)

FC Basel players with their fans after the match Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
FC Basel players with their fans after the match Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Some scoffed when Pep Guardiola suggested his side cannot yet be compared with the members of European football's elite, but on this evidence he may have a point.

Manchester City fell to their fourth defeat of the season - their first at home in 459 days - to a plucky, organised but eminently beatable Basel side playing for little but pride. That, for a club intent on world domination, is sub-standard.

Manchester City's Brahim Diaz misses a chance to score Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Brahim Diaz misses a chance to score Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

This was a weakened City side and, thanks to an emphatic first-leg win, one never in danger of not reaching the Champions League quarter-finals, but such a defeat should still not have been allowed to pass, especially after Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring early on.

Yet after being overran on their own turf three weeks previous, Basel's pride was hurt and Raphael Wicky's side would not leave this competition quietly.

If Mohamed Elyounoussi's equaliser came as a surprise to the Etihad, Michael Lang's winner sent shockwaves through the stadium.

Manchester City's Phil Foden appears dejected as FC Basel players celebrate their second goal Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Phil Foden appears dejected as FC Basel players celebrate their second goal Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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