Man City vs Sporting highlights and reaction as Gabriel Jesus strike disallowed and Scott Carson comes on

Manchester City safely negotiated their Champions League last-16 second leg against Sporting tonight thanks to a goalless draw at the Etihad.

City were rampant in Lisbon three weeks ago to record a 5-0 lead ahead of tonight’s second leg at the Etihad. The lead proved useful given the defensive issues Pep Guardiola suddenly has, with four key men ruled out.

Kyle Walker served the second game of a three-match suspension, while Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake remain injured. Joao Cancelo is ill so won’t feature. That leaves Aleks Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones as City’s only available senior defenders.

Guardiola started under-23 captain CJ Egan-Riley at right-back, while James McAtee and Luke Mbete were introduced in the second half, as was third-choice goalkeeper Scott Carson. In terms of match action, Gabriel Jesus’ disallowed effort just after the break was the closest either side had to scoring as both seemed comfortable to sit back.

Follow below for pre-match build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from the Etihad.

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Reaction from Sporting

They’re happy enough with the draw.

Boss Ruben Amorim told Eleven Sports:

“We played a hard game. In the second half we improved and the quality of [Marcus] Edwards helped. I’m satisfied [enough], it’s always positive not to lose away to a powerful opponent like this.

“We were very unlucky in the draw, but we have to look at the growth of this team, because last year we were eliminated by LASK Linz and this year by Manchester City, one of the best teams in the world.”

Goalkeeper Adan says:

“After the result of the first game the tie became practically impossible. We have to be proud because it’s part of the process. The team was better defensively, and they didn’t play with the same clarity either. We leave satisfied.”

Substitute Marcus Edwards added:

“In the first game we were unlucky and today we showed how we can play. Being back in England and having all my friends and family see was good for me. At the beginning of the season I didn’t expect to play in the UEFA Champions League and I’m grateful. It’s a dream come true.”

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More from Fernandinho

On City’s Champions League chances, he says:

“We’ve got a very good squad. We’re pleased we’re in the quarter-final. Obviously we want to take the next step, to the semi-final and the final, but we’re taking one game at a time.”

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Verdict: Academy trio enjoy spotlight

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Guardiola reacts to another quarter final spot

Speaking to BT Sport, he says:

“Second half we dropped a little bit, we arrived in lateral positions and didn’t make movements behind. It’s difficult sometimes at 0-5 to avoid counter attacks. Very pleased because we deserve to be in the quarter final.

“CJ played really good, didn’t miss one ball. He’s a seven, nothing exceptional in everything but that’s a good sign in a defender, doesn’t make mistakes. Scott Carson could play, we thought about that if the first half was okay, 45 to Bernardo and Phil and 45 to the others.”

On Scott Carson:

“He deserves it, so important to us in the locker room. He helps Eddy and Zack be calm.”

On Fernandinho’s future:

“We see at the end of the season, he knows it. still 2-3 months ahead. He’ll sit with the club and they’ll make the best decision for the club and him.”

On another quarter final appearance:

“It’s a good sign, before never counts. People didn’t care what we were. The last decade step by step the club grew up and many years we were there in the Champions League and qualifying for the last 16. Now again in the quarter final, the best 8 teams in Europe. I’m a guy who learns at the time to enjoy the moment. When I qualify for the next season quarter finals, I enjoy it, when you quality for last 16 I know how difficult it is. When you go through, every opponent is difficult.

“Now time to congratulate everyone, focus on the Premier League and next week we see the draw.”

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Fernandinho praises academy and comments on future

Speaking to BT Sport, Fernandinho says:

“Important to keep playing good, especially after the game on Sunday vs United. Some players come in, important to get some minutes and keep everyone going in the same direction.

“We played the same way we always play. Of course we didn’t get so many chances. We got one, offside, created more chances. Football is unlucky sometimes.”

On his 100th Champions League appearance:

“I’m so proud of that, so grateful for both teams I’ve played for. A great achievement for me and I thank my teammates.”

On the academy players:

“It shows the great work City’s been doing with the academy. They have been training with us every day, know exactly what they have to do. They felt really comfortable, I’m so happy for them, especially CJ for making his Champions League debut. I hope they can play more often.”

On his performance and his future:

“I was okay. I’m so happy to play tonight and I hope I can play more minutes. Who knows? [about his future] God knows.”

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Player Ratings

Ederson Should have taken his phone with him and joined in the fans’ torchlight display – 6

Conrad Egan-Riley The 19-year-old Manchester lad slotted in seamlessly, secure in defence and neat in possession – 7

John Stones Cruised through the game, effortless in defence and incisive with the pass – 7

Aymeric Laporte Could afford to relax, but was a little too casual at times – 6

Oleksandr Zinchenko Reminded everyone what an under-rated player he is – compact in defence and adding value higher up – 7

Read the full ratings here.

Fernandinho of Manchester City looks to break past Manuel Ugarte of Sporting (Image: Man City)

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Quarter final line up

Real Madrid have completed a stunning turnaround to beat Paris Saint-Germain, knocking out Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at the last-16 stage.

This is how the quarter final picture looks now:

  • Bayern Munich
  • Liverpool
  • Man City
  • Real Madrid
  • Benfica or Ajax (2-2)
  • Chelsea or Lille (2-0)
  • Atletico Madrid or Man Utd (1-1)
  • Villarreal or Juventus (1-1)
The Champions League quarter-final draw will take place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon (Image: Getty Images)

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Rate the players

We’re all giving Scott Carson a ten, right?

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Full time

Thank goodness for that.

City are through to the quarter finals in stunningly boring fashion, but that will be more than enough for Pep Guardiola. Probably.

Reaction to follow.

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Sterling hits side netting

McAtee almost has a lovely assist as he feeds Raheem Sterling to fire into the side netting.

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Stones heads over

John Stones meets a corner and heads narrowly over.

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Three minutes added

Not really necessary, though, is it?

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Mahrez free kick

Riyad Mahrez strikes a free kick well, but it’s straight at the goalkeeper.

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Mbete introduced

Luke Mbete is coming on for his Champions League debut.

Aymeric Laporte is withdrawn.

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Back at the Etihad

Riyad Mahrez has a shot deflected out for a corner. It came after Islam Slimani went close for Sporting.

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Madrid lead

With nothing going on at the Etihad, I’m going to keep bringing you updates from Real Madrid vs PSG.

Karim Benzema has completed his hat-trick and Madrid now lead 3-2!

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Over in Madrid

Real Madrid have turned their tie around, scoring twice through Karim Benzema to level the aggregate scores 2-2.

Ten minutes (plus extra time) left in that one.

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Carson is a popular introduction

‘England’s number one’, followed by ‘Carson, give us a wave’ comes from the stands.

Then a huge roar as Carson denied Paulinho one-on-one with a fine save. Both players clattered into eachother and stay down.

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City change

Ederson is off. Yes, really.

Scott Carson makes his first appearance of the season.

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Only 20 minutes left…

We’ve had the Sporting fans doing the Poznan, we’ve had the City fans doing the Poznan, but we’ve not had any cause for any excitement on the pitch yet.

Sporting are still trying but aren’t good enough to break through the Blues, while City seem to be stuck in neutral, rolling towards the finish. It hasn’t been entertaining.

Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City (Image: AMA/Getty Images)

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Great chance

Fernandinho splits the defence to send Mahrez through, but his centre to Raheem Sterling is blocked for a corner.


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How close City were to scoring

This was how close City were to scoring through Jesus. His shoulder was adjudged to be marginally offside.

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Edwards involved immediately

Marcus Edwards stands Aleks Zinchenko up and gets a decent shot away, but it’s still relatively easy for Ederson to save.

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Sporting change

Former Spurs youngster Marcus Edwards is on for the visitors. Pablo Sarabia is off.

Meanwhile, the Sporting fans are doing the Poznan as they are determined to enjoy their trip to Manchester.

“What the f—— h— is that?” reply the City fans.

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Ederson collects

After 56 minutes, Sporting have had a shot.

It takes a deflection, though, and Ederson picks it up easily.

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Jesus shot spilled

More good work, again involving McAtee, finds Gabriel Jesus who cuts inside and shoots at goal.

The keeper needs two attempts to get hold of it.

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Lovely move

James McAtee has already displayed some lovely first-time touches and passes. As City pass their way in and out of the Sporting defence, he backheels into the path of Gabriel Jesus in the area, but a defender gets back just in time to clear

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Bright start from McAtee

McAtee is getting stuck in, and is linking up nicely on the left with Zinchenko.

City’s best chance of a goal is probably still Mahrez though given he is so much more clinical than the rest of his teammates.

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No goal – offside

Jesus has been judged offside. It was very close, but won’t stand.

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