Manchester City 7-0 (agg: 10-2) Schalke: Champions League last 16, second leg – as it happened

Manchester City cruised into the last eight of the Champions League after running riot against their Bundesliga opponents

I’ll leave you with Daniel Taylor’s match report from the Etihad Stadium. Bye!

The Schalke players got quite an earful when they went over to thank their fans for their support. You have to feel for them. They took quite the beating out there.

The Schalke players look shell-shocked as they go over to their fans after their drubbing.
The Schalke players look shell-shocked as they go over to their fans after their drubbing. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
Schalke fans gesture to their players after they go over to interact with them after being tonked 7-0.
The Schalke fans aren’t a happy bunch. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

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Leroy Sane speaks. “It was a good game for us. We knew it would be a little tough at the beginning as they would not want to concede the goal. They stood compact but we knew what we had to do to find the space.

Phil Foden speaks about scoring his first Champions League goal. “Every time I come on I try to enjoy my football. I keep focused and keep trying to improve. You’re learning all the time. You’re learning everywhere. They’re all great players and people.”

Over in Turin Atletico Madrid were unfortunate to run into Cristiano Ronaldo in one of those moods. Juventus roared back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a Ronaldo hat-trick. Which means the sides in the quarters so far are Ajax, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto and Tottenham. Tomorrow it’s Bayern v Liverpool and Lyon v Barcelona. Is there an obvious favourite at the moment?

Manchester City cruise into the last eight after a merciless, devastating display. They had far too much for Schalke, who are a very poor side. Even some VAR nonsense couldn’t save the Germans, Sergio Aguero got two and there were goals for Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus. Foden, incidentally, has become the youngest English goalscorer in the Champions League.

Full-time: Manchester City 7-0 Schalke (10-2 agg)

Schalke have been absolutely Burton Albioned.

General view of the scoreboard during the match.
The Schalke players will be willing the final whistle to blow. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters
A Schalke fan reacts after their 7-0 defeat.
This fan isn’t happy with the result. Photograph: Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images

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88 min: There won’t be any added time. Get in there, Schalke!

Fahrmann should keep this one out. Gabriel Jesus, desperate for a goal, sweeps a shot towards the bottom left corner from the edge of the area. It’s not struck with any particular venom and isn’t in the corner, but Fahrmann dives later and lets the ball slip through his hands.

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City scores his team’s seventh goal.
Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City scores his team’s seventh goal. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their seventh goal with teammates.
Jesus celebrates with teammates. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

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GOAL! Manchester City 7-0 Schalke (Jesus, 84 min; 10-2 agg)

This is embarrassing.

83 min: Schalke are an utter rabble. If Bayern lose to Liverpool tomorrow there will be no Bundesliga sides left in the competition. They need some oil money over in Germany.

82 min: Jesus sees a shot blocked from the edge of the area.

80 min: Foden’s in the mood! Now he lets fly from 20 yards, only for Fahrmann to opush wide.

There’s brilliance from Sane, a nifty piece of footwork leaving Schalke wheezing, then a gorgeous pass to send Foden through on goal. Then there’s eerie composure from Foden, who rounds poor old Fahrmann before stroking into the empty net! He enjoyed that. So did the crowd.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden scores their sixth goal.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden scores their sixth goal. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
Manchester City’s Phil Foden celebrates after scoring their sixth goal.
Foden celebrates his goal. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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GOAL! Manchester City 6-0 Schalke (Foden, 78 min; 9-2 agg)

The youngster makes a cracking impact!

77 min: Stering cuts out a dismal ball out from the back by Salif Sane and instantly plays Gabriel Jesus through. But the Brazilian’s touch is poor and the chance is gone. It hasn’t really happened for Jesus this season.

72 min: Fabian Delph replaces Aymeric Laporte. He’s gone to right-back.

The excellent Zinchenko slides Sane into the space. Jesus steams into the middle, calling out for a cross. A load of Schalke defenders follow him. So Sane catches them all out with a fine cutback to Bernardo, who sweeps a cool low finish inside the bottom left post with his left foot. It’s silky stuff from City.

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scores his side’s fifth goal.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scores his side’s fifth goal. Photograph: Dave Thompson/AP

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GOAL! Manchester City 5-0 Schalke (Bernardo Silva, 71 min; 8-2 agg)

It’s so easy.

69 min: Steven Skrzybski replaces Breel Embolo.

68 min: Zinchenko loses out to Embolo on the right and tries to make up for his error with too much zeal. He ends up bringing the winger down, earning himself a booking.

64 min: City make a double change. Phil Foden replaces David Silva, Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Aguero.

62 min: Sterling tries to break on to a pass from Sane, but Fahrmann speeds out to claim the ball. Meanwhile Foden is about to come on.

60 min: Is it safe to get Phil Foden on now?

GOAL! Manchester City 4-0 Schalke (Sterling, 56 min; 7-2 agg)

The goal stands! VAR! VAR! VAR! Also, that was some assist from Sane. Let’s not forget that.

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates with Leroy Sane after scoring their fourth goal.
Raheem Sterling thanks Leroy Sane for his pass that set up City’s fourth goal. Photograph: Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

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56 min: Sane curves a stunning cross towards the far post from the left. Sterling arrives and clips an emphatic shot past Fahrmann. The flag’s up. And you know what that means! VAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raheem Sterling of Man City scores their fourth goal.
Raheem Sterling of Man City scores their fourth goal. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

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54 min: Thankfully that didn’t take long. Unfortunately for Sane, he was offside. No goal.

53 min: Sane sprints on to a pass from Silva, rounds Fahrmann and strokes into the empty net, but the flag’s up for offside. VAR! VAR! VAR!

Leroy Sane of Manchester City takes the ball past Schalke keeper Ralf Faehrmann and slot the ball in the net but it’s chalked off due to an offside decision courtesy of VAR.
Leroy Sane of Manchester City takes the ball past Schalke keeper Ralf Faehrmann and slot the ball in the net but it’s chalked off due to an offside decision courtesy of VAR. Photograph: Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images

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51 min: Gundogan, who’s having a whale of a time this evening, sends another pass over the top to Sane. He scoots clear and tries to beat Fahrmann from a tight angle, but he screws his shot wide.

50 min: The free-kick’s sent into the City box. It’s headed on and Salif Sane tries an overhead kick, only to end up flooring Aymeric Laporte after missing the ball. Ouch. Laporte’s down for a while, but he gets up eventually.

48 min: Danilo picks up a booking for a foul on Embolo. The Brazilian actually needs some treatment after taking a boot to the eye.

47 min: Sterling has a jig inside from the right, beating a couple of men with an electric surge. He finds Sane, whose shot is blocked.

46 min: Schalke get the second half underway. “So even if we spot Schalke 04 four goals as was suggested earlier, we are now level but Schalke are leading on away goals,” Paul Fox says. “Man City need to pull their collective fingers out and score.”

Half-time: Manchester City 3-0 Schalke (6-2 agg)

Two for Sergio Aguero, one for Leroy Sane and City are cruising. The only thing keeping them tonight is VAR. See you in 15 minutes.

45 min+2: There’s just enough time for Sterling to smash a shot against Fahrmann.

45 min: There will be two minutes of added time. VAR confirms that’s the right amount.

This is lovely. Zinchenko zips a stunning ball through to Sane, who has the legs on McKennie. The German takes a touch, peels into the area and smashes a ruthless low shot past Fahrmann for another goal against his old side. There’s another VAR check, but this one doesn’t take as long as the last one.

Leroy Sane smashes in City’s third.
Leroy Sane smashes in City’s third. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

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GOAL! Manchester City 3-0 Schalke (Sane, 42 min; 6-2 agg)

The floodgates have opened.

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41 min: How long does it take to see if Sterling was offside? A replay suggests he was on. After three minutes the announcement flashes up on the big screen: goal, tor. Hooray.

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40 min: Oh. We’re having a VAR check to see if Sterling was offside. There are whistles from the crowd.

Gundogan has time and space to ping another pass over the top from deep. Schalke aren’t learning. Sterling runs on to it this time and holds off his marker, with his back to goal, before producing a brilliant backheel to set up Aguero. The striker arrives - he’s quicker than anyone in green - and jabs a low shot through Fahrmann’s legs from six yards.

Sergio Aguero scores his, and Manchester City's, second goal .
Sergio Aguero shoots ... Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images
Sergio Aguero scores his, and Manchester City's, second goal .
And the ball zings between the legs of Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann and into the net to double the home side’s lead. Photograph: Jan Kruger/UEFA via Getty Images
Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoreing his, and Manchester City's, second goal .
Aguero celebrates his second goal of the game. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

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GOAL! Manchester City 2-0 Schalke (Aguero, 38 min; 5-2 agg)

This is all feeling rather comfortable now.

37 min: Gundogan lifts another ball over the top from deep, this time for Aguero. The striker brings it down brilliantly and twists this way and that to leave the Schalke defenders feeling dizzy, only to shoot straight at Fahrmann from 18 yards.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero shoots at goal.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero shoots at goal. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero shoots at goal.
Here’s a view of the shot from another angle. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

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GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Schalke (35, min; 4-2 agg)

So what if he had to wait? Aguero doesn’t let the delay affect him. Instead he jogs up to the ball and dinks a Panenka down the middle. Calm as you like. So very cheeky. Fahrmann dives to his left and can’t do anything about it. That should be that.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores a goal from the penalty spot.
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores a goal from the penalty spot. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his teams first goal.
Is the advertising passing comment on Sergio Aguero’s worth to Manchester City. Photograph: Jan Kruger/UEFA via Getty Images

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34 min: It doesn’t seem the decision’s going to change. Aguero’s got the ball on the spot.

33 min: Bruma has been booked. He’s making the VAR sign. The referee points to his ear. Aguero has to wait for the referee to confirm the decison.

PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY!

32 min: Gundogan chips a ball into the middle. Bernardo has the run on Bruma, who bundles the Portuguese midfielder over. The referee doesn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot.

Jeffrey Bruma of Schalke fouls Bernardo Silva of Manchester City which leads to a penalty being awarded.
Jeffrey Bruma of Schalke fouls Bernardo Silva of Manchester City which leads to a penalty being awarded. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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31 min: City take the free-kick short, working it to Zinchenko. The left-back lifts a cross to the far post, but Aguero can’t generate enough power on his header, planting it straight at Fahrmann.

30 min: Stambouli bumps Silva over with an uncompromising challenge. Free-kick to City on the left. Silva isn’t happy with the Frenchman.

27 min: Embolo tries a turbo charge beyond Zinchenko and goes down looking for a free-kick. Nothing doing. The French referee isn’t interested.

25 min: Guardiola is on gesticulating away on the touchline. He doesn’t look very happy with his team at the moment. Let’s hope his teenagers know how to interpret his hand signals. “There has been much chatter and outrage at football’s This in England moment last weekend, but the City fans’ continued posturing before the Uefa behemoth is the other side of the coin: entitlement with a Thatcherite heritage,” Ian Copestake says.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco give some pointers.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco give some pointers. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures during the match.
Pep shows some disbelief on the touchline. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

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22 min: We haven’t seen much from Bernardo, Silva or Sane yet. City have dominated possession and territory but Schalke are keeping them at arm’s length. Guardiola needs a bit more from his creative players. That said, Aguero really should have converted that cutback from Sterling a few minutes ago.

Schalke’s Benjamin Stambouli stretches to tackle Manchester City’s David Silva as Leroy Sane looks on.
Schalke’s Benjamin Stambouli stretches to tackle Manchester City’s David Silva as Leroy Sane looks on. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

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21 min: City deal with the corner. So that’s the end of that.

20 min: Schalke creep forward and win a corner on the left, Walker conceding it.

18 min: “Are you aware that your suggestion to count every Schalke shot as an away goal might come across a wee bit arrogant this side of the channel?” Oliver Driesen says. “If I may come up with a more respectful away team privilege: why not start the tie with a score of City 04 Schalke.”

16 min: The ball’s in the Schalke net! The whistle’s gone! But we won’t need VAR to sort this one out. It was one of the clearer fouls you’ll see from Sterling, who bumped Fahrmann over with a shoulder barge as the Schalke goalkeeper tried to claim a cross. No goal, no controversy.

14 min: This is better from City. Quicker passing, incisive movement, and it’s nearly the opening goal for Aguero. It really should be the opening goal. Walker steps forward and slices Schalke open with a lovely pass through to Sterling. He reaches the byline and pulls the ball back to Aguero, who sidefoots against the base of the right post instead of turning into an empty net!

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City smacks the ball against the upright.
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City smacks the ball against the upright. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

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12 min: Nothing is happening.

9 min: The ball breaks loose to Burgstaller, who has a chance to spring Konoplyana behind City’s high defence. Yet his pass is poor and easily cut out. That was a waste - and a good chance in the context of the game.

8 min: Schalke are sitting deep. Just like Bournemouth. And Watford. City are dominating possession. The question is whether they can pick the lock.

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane goes past Schalke’s Weston McKennie.
Manchester City’s Leroy Sane goes past Schalke’s Weston McKennie. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

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6 min: “Great noise ringing around the Etihad Stadium,” the BT commentator lies.

4 min: A City corner comes to nothing, Zinchenko’s cross poor, and Schalke break through Konoplyanka and Embolo. The latter’s cross is headed away, though.

2 min: The hope for Schalke is that they can get at City’s back four, where the suspension of Nicolas Otamendi means Danilo starts at centre-back. Does anyone know where Eliaquim Mangala is?

Peep! Manchester City, kicking from left to right in the first half, get the game underway in what isn’t exactly the fiercest of atmospheres. These can be very strange nights. City are in light blue, Schalke are in green, and at least the away fans are making some noise. It’s City on the front foot straight away, though, and Sterling breaks down the right before crossing too close to Fahrmann.

The Champions League anthem is booed by the Manchester City fans. Take that, FFP! Have some of that, Uefa! And there’s some for you too, Der Spiegel!

There’s a special lights show at the Etihad Stadium as the teams wait in the tunnel. Exciting! Once that’s done the teams emerge. Manchester City’s players don’t look much like teenagers, though they do have some on the bench.

Manchester City fans perform pre-game entertainment in the shape of the team’s crest.
Manchester City fans perform pre-game entertainment in the shape of the team’s crest. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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“Love the charitable idea of “away shots” counting as goals against City,” Michael Wilner. “How about every throw awarded to Schalke counts as a half goal? Free headers in midfield for a quarter goal? Or, if you really want a tasty match. give full value to any yellow or red card foul that Schalke commits.”

Or a goal for every VAR appeal.

“Your pre-match reading recommendations on Pep Guardiola’s “teenagers” and Schalke’s youth development system make me wonder if this is going to be a Champions League match or a screening of The Goonies, or Stand By Me,” Peter Oh says. “It also doesn’t help that there is a Rudy on the Schalke bench.”

Team news

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Danilo, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan; Sterling, Silva, Bernardo, Sane; Aguero. Subs: Muric, Stones, Delph, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden, Humphreys.

Schalke: Fahrmann; Bruma, Stambouli, Sane, Oczipka; Serdar, Bentaleb, Konoplyanka; McKennie, Embolo, Burgstaller. Subs: Nubel, Mendy, Rudy, Matondo, Kutucu, Skrzybksi, Teuchert.

Referee: Clement Turpin (France).

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Preamble

Hello. New rule for Uefa to consider: every shot Schalke manage at the Etihad Stadium this evening counts as an away goal. That sounds harsh until you consider that Watford only managed six passes in Manchester City’s half during the first half of their defeat to the Premier League champions the other day, while Bournemouth were similarly negative when they lost to Pep Guardiola’s side earlier this month. The evidence suggests that teams aren’t attacking City any more. Instead they’re sitting back in the hope City get frustrated or, more likely, only manage to score one or two, and it isn’t very fun to watch. It’s a scourge on the game and we need to come up with an action plan now!

Then again, it might be a different story when it comes to the Champions League. For while English sides have been guilty of cowardice against City this season, teams from the continent have been more daring. City had trouble against Lyon and Hoffenheim in their group and they come into the second leg of this last-16 tie with Schalke with a 3-2 lead after staging a late turnaround in Germany thanks to strikes from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. They’ve only kept two clean sheets in the competition so far and are going to need to sharpen up at the back if they’re going to go all the way. No wonder Guardiola reckons they’re still teenagers at this level.

You can see where City’s manager is coming from with that comment, although that lingering sense of vulnerability really shouldn’t work against them against Schalke, who have been struggling domestically this season. The Germans lie 14th in the Bundesliga and it seems unlikely they’ll be good enough to pull off one of those incredible comebacks that are becoming so prevalent in the Champions League. Their problem, in fact, is that they need to attack City, who will probably welcome the chance to make use of all that space for once.

Kick-off: 8pm GMT.