Man City thrashes Sporting Lisbon in Champions League

<SUNBIGHT>~Football~Afor~16th February,2022 @03:29 WAT

Report by Ifeanyichukwu Okwuchi [Lisbon]

MANCHESTER City may have qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League after a rout of 5-0 against Portuguese Sporting Lisbon at home on Tuesday.

The English Premier League side scored four goals in the first half through Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and a brace from Bernardo Silva.

The second half saw Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet as the champions of England cruised to a shocking away win.

The second leg of the fixture is set to be played on March 9 at the Etihad stadium as they aim to be crowned Champions of Europe for the first time in the club’s history.

It is the first time an English side has scored four goals in the first half of a Champions League knockout game since Manchester United’s 7-1 thrashing of Roma in 2007.

“It’s a very good performance,” Silva said. “I honestly think in the first half we weren’t good enough to be 4-0 up.

“I’m Portuguese, I’m from the other side of the city. My mum is Sporting, my dad is Benfica. It was special to score here in my hometown.We still have a job to do in Manchester.”

Sterling’s goal makes it his 150th goal of his club career. Manchester City has become the 14th team to score 200 goals in the Champions League.

“I don’t think the team were nervous, it is just Manchester City are the best in the world, and they killed us every time they came into our box,” Sporting coach Ruben Amorim said.

“The quality of the players and the manager was the difference.”■

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