Manchester City 1 v Basel 2 – story of the match

Manchester City slipped to their first home defeat since December 2016 as Basel won the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie 2-1.

It was not enough to prevent Pep Guardiola’s side progressing to the quarter-finals, with Gabriel Jesus’ early goal helping them to an overall 5-2 aggregate success, but it was still an unexpected slip.

Jesus put the Premier League leaders ahead inside eight minutes but the Swiss champions responded to take victory on the night with goals from the impressive Mohamed Elyounoussi and Michael Lang.

Tweet of the match

Basel’s media team retained hope of an unlikely comeback after Elyounoussi’s goal.

Star Man – Mohamed Elyounoussi

The Morocco-born Norway international proved a handful for City all night. The forward took his goal well and set up the second for Lang. He showed pace, good skill and a tireless attitude, offering further credence to reports that Premier League scouts have been monitoring his progress.

Moment of the match

City were not at their best but their opening goal came after a superb attacking move typical of many they have produced this season. Leroy Sane wrong-footed the Basel defence with a diagonal run to the edge of the area before finding Bernardo Silva on the right. Silva delivered an inch-perfect ball, through the legs of two defenders, for Jesus to tuck in at the back post.

In the crowd

After losing the first leg 4-0, Basel fans could not even have travelled in hope, let alone expectation. But those that did make the journey were determined to enjoy the occasion, ensuring there was a vibrant atmosphere at at least one end of the stadium. They greeted the Champions League anthem by setting off several flares and they never allowed their noise levels to drop – chanting, clapping and bouncing throughout. They were rewarded with a second victory over a Manchester side this season.


Manchester City: Claudio Bravo 6 (out of 10), Danilo 5, John Stones 6, Aymeric Laporte 6, Oleksandr Zinchenko 5, Ilkay Gundogan 5, Yaya Toure 6, Phil Foden 7, Bernardo Silva 7, Gabriel Jesus 7, Leory Sane 7.
Substitutes: Brahim Diaz (for Gundogan, 66) 7, Tosin Adarabioyo (for Foden, 89) 5.

Basel: Tomas Vaclik 6, Marek Suchy 6, Fabian Frei 6, Leo Lacroix 6, Michael Lang 6, Geoffrey Serey Die 6, Luca Zuffi 6, Blas Riveros 7, Kevin Bua 6, Mohamed Elyounoussi 8, Dimitri Oberlin 6.
Substitutes: Valentin Stocker (for Bua, 68) 6, Ricky van Wolfswinkel (for Oberlin, 74) 6.

Who’s up next?

Stoke v Manchester City (Premier League, March 12)
Lucerne v Basel (Swiss Super League, March 11)

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