Manchester City took a giant stride towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a dominant victory against Swiss champions Basel at St. Jakob-Park.
Basel had beaten Manchester United in the group stages, but were brushed aside by the Premier League leaders on this occasion.
City's club captain Vincent Kompany made his first appearance in the Champions League this season, replacing Aymeric Laporte, while Fabian Delph came in for Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back.
650 - Vincent Kompany is making his first Champions League appearance for Man City since playing against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu on 4th May 2016 (650 days ago). Return. pic.twitter.com/0D54JJkDI6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 13, 2018
The visitors started on the front foot and
Man City got their breakthrough after fourteen minutes. Kevin de Bruyne whipped in a brilliant corner and
The game was effectively over as a contest before twenty minutes had passed. Raheem Sterling's cross took a nick off a Basel head and fell nicely for Bernardo Silva to volley in his eleventh of the season, although
And the onslaught continued a few minutes later when the ball broke nicely for Ag
City's next chance fell to Sterling, but Vacl
The home side came out fighting in the second-half and Mohamed Elyounoussi forced Ederson into a fingertip stop within the first five minutes. But their respite was short-lived as G
Nonetheless, this was a superb performance from the English side, and the quest for the quadruple remains very much alive.
How we line-up tonight! — Manchester City (@ManCity) February 13, 2018
City XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gündogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Agüero
Subs | Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Sané, Silva, Foden#fcbvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/HVIKLDnE72