Man City 1-2 Basel: Jesus goal not enough for a win - FCNaija

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 07/03/2018

Gabriel Jesus goal was not enough to win the game for Manchester City against Basel at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their Champions League clash.

Though Pep Guardiola's men qualified to the quarterfinals on 5-2 aggregate thanks to the outstanding performance of the first leg of the clash at the St Jakob Park.

Manchester City got off to an early goal against Basel in the 8th minute as Gabriel Jesus broke the deadlock to give the home side the lead after a fine assist from Bernardo Silva.

Basel equalised with Mohmed Eloyounouss's strike in the 17th minute to draw level with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Blas Riveros almost put Basel ahead but his strike was saved by Manchester City defender but the home side continued to probe further for another goal.

Yaya Toure was presented with a shooting opportunity by his shot was blocked by Basel defender and the Swiss have been able to put up a nice performance this time after the first leg 4-0 massacre at the St Jakob Park.

The first half ended in a stalemate 1-1.

The second half resumed with the host pushing high to get a goal but Basel remained compact in the defence to break down any attacking move by Pep Guardiola's men.

Guardiola opted for his first substitution of the night as he replaced Ilkay Gundogan with Brahim Diaz in the 66th minute to strengthen his attacking options with 24 minutes remaining.

Basel manager Raphael Wicky made a change as he brought Valentin Stocker for Kevin Bua in the 68th minute.

Basel is now in front as the Swiss Champions scored their second goal of the night through Michael Lang in the 71st minute and Wicky made his second substitution as Dimitri Oberlin was removed for Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the 74th minute.

Machester City striker Gabriel Jesus was shown a yellow card in the 77th minute.

Basel was able to hold on to their lead as they bow out of the competition with a victory over the Premier League leaders.

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