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FC Schalke 04 - Manchester City
Champions League - 21 February 2019
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All over in Germany. What a truly bizarre match. VAR helped Schalke take a 2-1 lead at the break, but despite being reduced to 10 men, City battled back to win 3-2 and take a giant leap towards the quarters.
- Yellow cardEdersonManchester City
Some pushing and shoving - time-killing at its finest really, and Ederson gets booked for barging a couple of Schalke players.
Five minutes of added time, by the way.... Nuts, this.
Re-writes all across the land - a crazy end to a crazy match.
- GoalRaheem SterlingManchester City
GOAL! CITY AHEAD!
What a crazy game this has been, and it's Sterling who scores for City at the death! Sterling outmuscles Oczipka after a long ball over the top, and he takes a touch before nudging it in. WOW.
- OffMark UthFC Schalke 04
- OnAmine HaritFC Schalke 04
Final sub for Schalke.
- OffKevin De BruyneManchester City
- OnOleksandr ZinchenkoManchester City
It was a needless free-kick in the first place, and Schalke have been well and truly punished. A forgettable night for City, but it has still produced two away goals, and they could yet win this first leg...
- GoalLeroy SanéManchester City
GOAL CITY! What a strike from Sane!
The German whips in a delightful free-kick against his former club. Stunning.
Schalke come forward but Skrybski sees his shot blocked - they couldn't get a third, could they?
The home fans are bouncing and rightly so. 2-1 up, a man up - City will still fancy their chances in the second leg, and still have 10 minutes to get another away goal, but Schalke have finally given their fans something to shout about.
- OffSergio AgüeroManchester City
- OnLeroy SanéManchester City
And here comes Sane to a gentle ripple of applause against his former side.
- OffWeston McKennieFC Schalke 04
- OnSteven SkrzybskiFC Schalke 04
Second Schalke sub!
De Bruyne and Gundogan both want it.... and the former sees his free-kick deflect wide!
- Yellow cardSalif SanéFC Schalke 04
Very cynical foul from Sane 20 yards out on B.SIlva - perfect spot for a free-kick...
First goal over in Madrid...
- OffDavid SilvaManchester City
- OnVincent KompanyManchester City
Not much in that really, but it's still a silly foul to make on a yellow card. Really isn't City's night.
Sub Burgstaller remains down receiving treatment, while Pep opts to bring on Kompany for Silva, who passes over the armband in the process of going off.
- Red cardNicolás OtamendiManchester City
OTAMENDI IS OFF!
He was booked for the first-half penalty, and is shown a second yellow for a foul just inside his own half!
Just not going City's way at the moment - somewhere Sarri is smoking a pack taking notes on Schalke's second-half performance.
- OffHamza MendylFC Schalke 04
- OnGuido BurgstallerFC Schalke 04
There is a sub, but it's for the hosts. On comes Burgstaller for Mendyl.
All City at the moment but Schalke are defending in numbers as you would expect. The visitors struggling to create a telling chance! Surely Sane will be on soon?
Fahrmann's delight, for now.
Break in play as McKinnie receives some treatment for the hosts. 30 minutes of the first leg to go...
This time it's Gundogan who tries his luck but that isn't going to trouble Fahrmann.
WIDE! RIght on cue Aguero carries the ball forward, but from the edge of the area he drags his shot wide of the far post.
They need his help again!
According to Sky, UEFA are set to address the first-half VAR penalty after the match, with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande unable to view the incident on the pitch-side screen. Hence the wait, hence the talking to to both captains, hence the in-ear decision to award a penalty.
JUST WIDE! Fast start from City who will look to ensure VAR doesn't steal ALL the headlines tonight - De Bruyne carries it forward before seeing an effort deflect just wide.
- 2nd Half
There goes the whistle for the second half, and we are back under way in Germany!
Half-time treat for you.
- End of 1st Half
OVER! B.Silva fires a whisker over from the edge of the area and there goes the whistle.
What a bizarre half of football. Two Bentaleb penalties in seven minutes have turned the fixture on its head. Still three halves to go, but NO ONE saw that coming, no one...
Penny for Pep's thoughts - he looks perplexed.
Five minutes of added time mainly because of VAR-waiting, if that's the official term?
- Goal by penaltyNabil BentalebFC Schalke 04
BENTALEB PUTS SCHALKE AHEAD!
It's deja-vu as Benteleb steps up some seven minutes after equalising... this time Ederson guesses right but the effort is too powerful for the goalkeeper.
What is going on?!
- Yellow cardFernandinhoManchester City
ANOTHER PENALTY TO SCHALKE!
The referee punishes Fernandinho for a push in the box as the free-kick comes in...
- Yellow cardMark UthFC Schalke 04
Uth goes in late on Gundogan and gets booked for his sins.
Confusion in the stadium, mind.
Well then, a spanner in the works, and Schalke have VAR to thank - right call in my opinion, for what it's worth.
- Goal by penaltyNabil BentalebFC Schalke 04
GOAL SCHALKE! BENTALEB LEVELS FROM THE SPOT!
City players still protesting with the referee but the decision has been made. Bentaleb then steps up and converts the penalty - sending Ederson the wrong way.
- Yellow cardNicolás OtamendiManchester City
Ridiculous really - it has taken an AGE to make the decision, and we are none the wiser as to why the referee has called both captains for a word. Perhaps to tell their team-mates to stop their protests?
The wait goes on....
AND A PENALTY IS GIVEN! YELLOW FOR OTAMENDI.
PENALTY?? Big call this is Caligiuri's effort strikes the arm of Otamendi on its way through and wide for a corner. VAR just taking a look at this one....
SAVE! City have a free-kick some 30 yards out at an angle - De Bruyne takes and it's deflected on its way to Fahrmann, who gets down low to make the stop.
Schalke haven't fared too badly since going a goal down. They've shown some attacking endeavour and showing they won't simply be rolled over - for now.
He's got previous.
Meanwhile, in Madrid........
CHANCE! Sterling just over-plays it somewhat in the box as he avoids the shot and tries to pick out D.Silva. The pass is behind is opponent and Schalke go on the break only for Uth to strike from distance and fire just wide of the far post.
Man on fire.
VAR was used to see if a tackle from Laporte in the build-up should have ruled the goal out - but it stands and City have a valuable away goal.
- GoalSergio AgüeroManchester City
GOAL! City take the lead!
It has taken City just 18 minutes to stamp their authority on this tie, and who else but Aguero, as the visitors capitalise on a poor pass from Fahrmann. David Silva nips in, he finds Aguero, and it's 1-0.
Schalke make a rare foray forward, but it comes to an end when McKennie fouls Laporte - disappointing.
A couple of City corners follow and the visitors are dominating - it's going to be a long night for the hosts.
Sterling causes the hosts problems down the left and his cross is turned wide for a corner.
De Bruyne takes but it's headed clear.
SAVE! Moments later a well-worked free-kick routines ends with Aguero forcing a save from Fahrmann following D.Silva's cross.
City on top early doors - Schalke goalkeeper Fahrmann does well to race out and get to the ball first before Aguero.
Some noise from the home fans so far, who will hope the Champions League offers them some respite from their Bundesliga troubles - hope.
- 1st Half
And we are under way at the Veltins Arena. Away goals, and plenty of them, will be the order of the day for City – can Schalke prevent what feels like the inevitable? Let’s find out.
Out come the teams then, time for the familiar sound of the Champions League anthem and then we’ll be good to go!
Five minutes to go.
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Just be yourself, says Man City boss Pep Guardiola…
"You can't go through in these competitions if you're not yourself. Sooner or later you'll be out, here, the quarters.
"If you want to dream of the latter stages you have to be yourself, incredible every minute. It's a challenge.
"We have to control our emotions, suffer the bad moments, The right moments make the difference.
"We are confident. We arrive with many dreams in our heads. We want to try and score goals. We will try to get a good result to finish the job in Manchester."
Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco is under no illusions…
"We are the clear underdogs in the game, that much is obvious," he said. "But we deserve to be here because we advanced deservedly from a group of good teams.
"We have to have a perfect day if we are to get anything out of the game. We owe it to us and to Schalke."
Current form – City have recovered impressively from their shock defeat at Newcastle at the end of January, winning all four of their February encounters at an aggregate of 15-2 – that includes a 6-0 demolition of Chelsea.
Schalke are languishing down in 14th in the Bundesliga, and are winless in four matches after coming out victorious in their first game post winter break.
A brilliant, and honest, response from Pep in yesterday’s press conference when asked why he hasn’t won a Champions League since the heady Messi-Iniesta-Xavi days at Barcelona…
How did they get here? City topped Group F but they did not have it all their own way, losing and drawing to Lyon, though they remained perfect against Hoffenheim and Shakhtar.
Schalke meanwhile finished behind Porto in their group, but amassed an impressive 11 points, which only Ajax and Atletico Madrid could better as runners-up.
A Euro-fortress of late.
Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva come in for Oleksander Zinchenko and John Stones as City make two changes. Fernandinho drops to centre-back once more.
Leroy Sane is on the bench, meaning he must wait to feature against the side where he started his career, and left City for back in 2016.
A warm willkommen.
Schalke XI: Fahrmann, Caliguiri, Bruma, Sane, Nastasic, Oczikpa, Serdar, Bentaleb, McKennie, Uth, Mendyl.
Subs: Nubel, Rudy, Matondo, Kutucu, Burgstaller, Skrzybski, Harit.
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Laporte, D Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, B Silva.
Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sane, Mahrez, Foden, Zinchenko.
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City are the bookies favourites to win the competition, ahead of Barcelona, PSG and Juventus, but before they can dream of a first Champions League final they must navigate their way through three two-legged affairs.
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