Manchester City won by two goals in the last five minutes
Guardiola’s teachers won 3-2 on Schalke Stadium in the first round of 1/8 Champions League despite the lack of players in the last 20 minutes.
Goal: Bentaleb 38 ’45’ – Aguero 18 ‘, Sane 85’, Sterling 90 ‘.
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Kick away but not surprisingly Man City completely dominated before a team playing very bad this season. The British representative continued to create siege after the opening whistle and Sergio Aguero soon tried the goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann with a dangerous header.
Kevin De Bruyne threatened Schalke’s goal with a left-foot kick from the edge of the field, bringing the ball to the right of Faehrmann. The home side came out with a 5-4-1 formation, just plugging Mark Uth above. But the play style upholds their certainty bankrupt by the mistake of Salif Sane. The midfielder fumbled, letting David Silva easily steal the ball and pass Aguero to the empty net.
Schalke did not have many chances to attack and their most notable shot was Uth’s left leg, sending the ball off the post in a counterattack. However, the German representative suddenly had a goal after being awarded a penalty. Nicolas Otamendi used his hand to block Daniel Caligiuri’s shot and on the 11th, Nabil Bentaleb fooled goalkeeper Ederson.
Before and after the goal, Man City had some chances but not clear. Surprise happened at the end of the first half. Fernandinho pulled down Salif Sane in a free-kick and the referee didn’t need VAR technology to give Schalke a second penalty. Bentaleb continued to carry out successfully, bringing the home team up.
Entering the match as the 14th in the Bundesliga, Schalke struggled to take the lead after the first half. However, at that time, not many people believe that Germany will stand firm against the attack of the army under Pep Guardiola despite the audience cheering. This season, Schalke defense often makes mistakes like the opening goal while Man City are very good at punishing opponents.
But the opposite scenario happened. To break De Bruyne in the first half of the second half and luckily avoid the goal from the midfielder’s kick, Schalke’s defensive line rolled off in the remaining minutes to stop the pace of the ball. Man City. Five stone defenders were horizontal, with Sane playing the lowest, the home team had killed Aguero and limited the danger of the stretches by picking up the input of the Man City midfielder.
Things became more difficult for Man City when center-back Nicolas Otamendi received his second yellow card after Guido Burgstaller illegally blocked a counter-attack. After losing people, British representatives showed signs of psychological stress. Their attacks became deadlocked and often ended with a shot from outside the penalty area.
However, Man City have shown their bravery when they have lost and shined to bring their victory to Raheem Sterling. A shot from his side resulted in a 25m free-kick and Leroy Sane produced a technical swing to help Man City equalize. After scoring, Sane refused to share his joy to show respect for Schalke – his team from 2014 to 2016.
Drama has not stopped there. Sterling proves that he is the player who can create the most emotional moments in Man City at the moment with a goal of winning a 3-2 home team. Using speed and wisdom to overcome Schalke defender before defeating Faehrmann with a decisive shot in a tight corner, Sterling brought a great advantage to British representatives in the return leg.
Schalke: Faehrmann; Caligiuri, Bruma, Sané, Nastasic, Oczipka; Serdar, Bentaleb, McKennie (Skrzybski 77 ‘); Uth (Harit 88 ‘), Mendyl (Burgstaller 65’).
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Laporte; Gundogan, De Bruyne (Zinchenko 87 ‘), D Silva (Kompany 70’); B Silva, Aguero (Sane 78 ‘), Sterling.