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Man City Thrash Sporting Lisbon in Portugal to Take Giant Stride Towards Champions League Quarterfinal
- Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City ended in disaster for the hosts as Pep Guardiola’s side proved way too strong
- It was a one-sided affair as City started scoring as early as the 7th minute to ensure they take victory back to Manchester
- Bernardo Silva grabbed a brace in the encounter, while Phil Foden and impressive Raheem Sterling also scored one each
Despite being without key players including suspended Kyle Walker as well as Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish who are both injured as they all could not travel for the encounter, City proved too strong.
Others who missed the game were Zack Steffen and Cole Palmer as Pep Guardiola was forced to name youngsters Ciaran Slicker, Luke Mbete, Romeo Lavia, James McAtee, Kayky and Liam as part of a 22-man squad taken to Portugal.
Joao Cancelo started the game in place of Walker as he played from the left along with John Stones who was also named to start from the right-back.
City took an early lead through Riyad Mahrez's close-range finish, given after a VAR check for offside before a sensational Bernardo Silva half-volley made it two.
Next was Phil Foden who tapped in cleverly for three, and Bernardo added a fourth before halftime. Bernardo thought he had a hat-trick, but saw his header ruled out for offside before a sublime curling effort from Raheem Sterling made it five ahead of the second leg back in Manchester.
PSG 1-0 Real Madrid
Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain edged Real Madrid 1-0 in a pulsating Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday, February 15 at the Parc des Princes.
It was Kylian Mbappe who got the winner with a brilliant goal in stoppage time to give his side an advantage over the 13-time Champions League winners.
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The hosts were thoroughly dominant, particularly in possession, but somehow failed to break down the Spanish giants for large parts of the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought
Sports Brief earlier reported that Manchester United pipped Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 in the English Premier League on Tuesday evening thanks to a spectacular strike by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 37-year-old headed into the game having scored 14 goals in 26 games this season for the Red Devils.
However, the former Real Madrid superstar endured his worst goal duck for more than a decade after playing 587 minutes without hitting the back of the net.