At the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, City drew 0-0 with Sporting and ensured they qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals.
Manchester City are once again in the Champions League quarter-finals. This Wednesday (9), at the Etihad Stadium, coach Pep Guardiola’s side face Sporting again, for the return of the last 16, and confirm the classification after a 0-0 draw with the Portuguese.
After a scintillating 5-0 win at José Alvalade, in Lisbon, in the first leg, City “got their foot off the accelerator” and, in front of their fans, failed to score again against the Portuguese, despite dominating throughout the match.
England don’t know what it’s like to have played a goalless draw since October 2021, against West Ham, in the League Cup.
Coach Pep Guardiola also took advantage of his team’s comfortable situation in the confrontation and saved several players, promoting some changes in the team, such as the inclusion of a young Egan-Riley, just 19 years old, at right-back. Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus also returned to find chances between the holders, in attack.
After the ball rolled, the first half had a bit of emotion. While Sporting didn’t even finish, City had four chances to score, but couldn’t get past Spanish goalkeeper Adán, and the score ended 0-0 in the first 45 minutes.
At halftime, Gabriel Jesus came on to swing the net just after 2 minutes of the second half, but because he was in an offside position the goal was disallowed.
Watching the game from the box up to that point, Brazil goalkeeper Ederson was also taken off the pitch by Guardiola, in a rare substitution between the goalkeepers during the game. To replace him is experienced Scott Carson, 36 years old.
The English archer even made a great save, in the 30th minute of the game, following the arrival of the dangerous striker Paulinho, who almost scored zero off the scoresheet for Sporting.
With that result, Manchester City have made it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the fifth season in a row, and are now awaiting the draw on March 18 to find out their next opponent in the knockout stages.
Sporting, in turn, said goodbye to the Champions League feud and were still unable to progress from the last 16. The last time was in the 1982/83 season. It is worth remembering that the Portuguese never won the competition.
The man: Gabriel Jesus
Even without a goal, the Brazilian striker has a good individual performance. Playing as a centre-forward, the 9 shirt even hit the net early in the 2nd half, but was in an offside position and the goal was disallowed. He also tried a few individual games, hitting the ball at the Etihad Stadium.
City will now only return to the pitch next week, focusing on the Premier League feud. On Monday (14), England will visit Crystal Palace, starting at 5pm, with a live broadcast by ESPN on Star+.
On the same day, starting at 17:15, Sporting visited Moreirense, for the Portugal Championship, which was also broadcast live by ESPN on Star+.
Manchester City 0 x 0 Sports
OBJECTIVE: The match has no goals.
MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson (Carson); Egan-Riley, Stones, Laporte (Mbete) and Zinchenko; Gundogan, Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva (Mahrez); Phil Foden (McAtee), Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. Coach: Pep Guardiola.
SPORTS: Adam; Gonçalo Inácio, Coates and Luís Neto (Feddal); Pedro Porro (Ricardo Esgaio), Ugarte, Bruno Tabata and Matheus Reis; Pablo Sarabia (Edwards), Slimani (Rodrigo Ribeiro) and Paulinho (Nuno Santos). Coach: Ruben Amorim.