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Manchester City v Borussia M’gladbach Live Commentary & Result, 16/03/2021, UEFA Champions League | Goal.com


That’s all for today, goodbye!

City are in the quarter-final draw but will have to wait until Friday to find out who they’ll be facing in the next round. Their attention turns to the FA Cup quarter-final now when they travel to Everton at the weekend. As for Gladbach, they’re now winless in nine, losing the last seven in a row and Rose will be hoping they can turn that around against struggling Schalke in the Bundesliga.

City cruise through to the quarter-finals with a 4-0 aggregate win over Gladbach after beating them 2-0 in the second leg. They controlled the game but secured the win in the first half, with De Bruyne opening the scoring with a great strike into the top corner from the edge of the box that gave Sommer no chance. Gundogan then doubled the lead six minutes later, hitting his low shot under the goalkeeper and into the far bottom corner. 

90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH.

90′ + 1′ Gladbach are making a late drive into City’s box, with Hofmann doing well to get away from Foden on the right and he whips a cross into Traore at the far post. He tries to square it to Plea instead of going for goal himself but Sterling is there to block it.

89′ The Gladbach defenders sit back as De Bruyne carries the ball into the final third from the halfway line and he touches it out to Mahrez on the right. He has Aguero ahead of him but cuts inside to have a shot and curls his effort high and wide of the far post.

88′ Bensebaini is also making way, with Wendt on in his place.

88′ Final changes for Gladbach now, with Elvedi being brought off, with Jantschke replacing him.

86′ City are still pushing forward with Foden making another driving run down the left and Lainer can’t get close to him. He fizzes a low cross into the box, but Ginter gets across to put it out for a corner.

84′ It’s good play from Gladbach as they break quickly and Wolf picks out Plea, who does well to get away from Laporte. He touches it to Traore on the left of the box and he gets a shot away first time but drills it well wide of the far post.

82′ Sterling caught Lainer late as he tried to get into space and the referee gave a free-kick. Fernandinho fired a shot on goal after the whistle blew and he’s booked for kicking it away.

80′ Third change for Gladbach now and it’s Traore that’s coming on for Stindl.

79′ Gladbach are starting to put City under a bit of pressure now with Sitindl playing it out to Lainer on the right. He wants to put a cross into the box but none of his team-mates made a run and he’s forced to go backwards.

77′ Hofmann swings a good cross into the far post from the right, but Stones heads it clear. It falls to Wolf, who takes it around Fernandinho before firing a shot from the edge of the box. There’s not enough dip on it though and it sails just over the crossbar.

S. Agüero

Bernardo Silva

75′ Final change for City now and it’s Aguero that’s coming on for Silva.

74′ Still, City are dominating possession, but they’re not pushing upfield as quickly as they were before. Gladbach are starting to sit back a bit deeper now and close the space ahead of them in midfield.

72′ Gladbach are trying to play out from the back but they just can’t find a way past City as they continue to close them down high up the field. Neuhaus almost gets them out with a throughball into Plea, but Laporte cuts it out.

R. Sterling

İ. Gündoğan

70′ Another double change for City as Guardiola looks to rest more of his players and he’s bringing on Sterling for Gundogan.

70′ Dias is also making way, with Laporte on to replace him.

68′ ANOTHER SAVE! City have a corner and Foden plays a one-two Mahrez before taking it past Stindl and picking him out again. Mahrez cuts inside and isn’t closed down by Gladbach so goes for goal, but Sommer pushes his shot away again.

66′ GOOD SAVE! It looks like the chance is gone for City when Mahrez’s takes a heavy first touch, but he manages to get a shot away, drilling it towards the near bottom corner. Sommer gets down well to push it away and Silva can’t pick out Foden with the follow-up.

65′ Embolo is also going off, with Wolf on in his place.

65′ Gladbach are making a double change as well, with Thuram making way for Plea.

O. Zinchenko

João Cancelo

64′ Cancelo is the other player coming off, with Zinchenko replacing him.

63′ Double change for City now and Rodri is the first player to make way, with Fernandinho on for him.

61′ Lainer sticks out an arm to hold off De Bruyne and catches the City captain in the face, so he’s shown a yellow card.

60′ Foden has been directly involved in 20 goals in all competitions for City this season (11 goals, nine assists).

58′ City are still dominating possession here and Gladbach just can’t get close to them at the moment. They’re in no hurry to push upfield and are happy to keep patiently playing out from the back.

56′ GREAT CHANCE! Hofmann swings a corner into the box for Gladbach and it’s Thuram that meets it at the far post. He chests it down for Bensebaini and he turns before hitting his shot, but Dias does enough to put him off and he fires wide.

João Cancelo

Yellow Card

55′ Cancelo is shown the first yellow card of the game as he goes in slightly high on Embolo.

54′ Walker does well to keep hold of the ball as he’s closed down by Zakaria and he manages to touch it into De Bruyne. He picks out Mahrez on the right, who swings a good cross into the box, but it’s cleared by Ginter.

52′ Gladbach have a chance to attack now and Thuram makes a great driving run down the right, pulling away from Cancelo. He squares the ball towards Embolo at the near post, but Dias is back for City to clear his lines.

50′ City are keeping Gladbach penned back in their own box at the moment and Foden picks out Rodri on the right. He keeps the ball at his feet as he takes it past Elvedi before Ginter steps across to put it out for a corner.

48′ CLOSE! It’s a good throughball from Gundogan between the two Gladbach central defenders to pick out Mahrez’s run through the middle. He takes the shot early but doesn’t quite get behind it and ends up hitting it wide of the near post.

46′ City get us back underway for the second half!

Guardiola will be pleased with how his team have played so far as they’ve all but secured a place in the quarter-final. As for Gladbach, unless they can pull off a miracle in the second half, it looks like they’re heading out. Rose will want to see an improvement after the break as his side have struggled to get on the ball for large periods.

City dominated the first half and lead Gladbach 2-0 at the break and 4-0 on aggregate. It was De Bruyne that broke the deadlock just 12 minutes in with a wonderful goal which he drilled into the far top corner from the edge of the box. Just six minutes later, Gundogan added a second, drilling his low shot under Sommer and into the bottom corner. Ederson has made a couple of saves at the other end, but City are in full control of the tie.

45′ HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH.

43′ City break quickly, with De Bruyne making a great run down the right to get away from Bensebaini. He squares it into the far post where Foden is running onto it, but Ginter reads it well and steps in to intercept it.

41′ CLOSE! Thuram drifts away from the three City defenders putting him under pressure and touches it onto Embolo, who is just onside. He’s at a tight angle on the left of the box when he drills it across goal, and Ederson is caught on his heels, but it’s just wide of the far post.

39′ Bensebaini latches onto Silva’s loose pass and he chips it infield to Stindl, who turns and tries to play it into Thuram making the run ahead of him. Yet again, City are there though and Stones steps in to win it back.

37′ City are still in control of possession here and are patiently waiting for the space to open up here as they draw Gladbach out to them. The visitors are still pressing them high, but they can’t get a touch on the ball.

35′ SAVE! The free-kick is a long way out but De Bruyne is going for goal. He lifts it over the top of the wall and it’s dipping under the crossbar, but Sommer watches it the whole way and tips it over the crossbar.

34′ City are on the attack again, but Silva doesn’t realise that he has Stindl closing him down from behind when it’s squared to him. The Gladbach captain bundles him to the ground and City have a free-kick through the middle.

32′ Gladbach manage to open up some space through the middle and Stindl plays a throughball into Embolo on the edge of the box. He takes it around Dias before curling a shot towards goal, but it’s another comfortable save for Ederson.

30′ Gladbach are enjoying their first real spell of possession of the moment, but they just can’t get out of their own half. City are closing them down high upfield and stopping them from getting out from the back.

28′ Not only is he City’s top scorer this season, Gundogan (15) is now the top-scoring German player within the top five European leagues across all competitions in 2020-21.

26′ GREAT CHANCE! It’s a great ball from Mahrez as he chips it over the top and Gundogan is in again. It bounces too close to Sommer, who is quick off his line and he just does enough to put off Gundogan and smother the chance.

24′ Stindl wins the ball back in midfield again and he chips his pass over Rodri to Thuram. He nods it down towards Hofmann, but a heavy first touch gifts it back to Stones.

22′ Gladbach are closing City down high upfield again and making it difficult for them to get out of their own half. Dias chooses to go long to try and get out, but it’s a poor pass towards Foden and Lainer picks it off.

20′ Every time Gladbach do manage to win the ball back, their first thought is to play it forward as quickly as possible. Zakaria intercepts Rodri’s pass in the middle, but then puts too much on the throughball into Embolo and Stones collects it for City.

18′ It’s a great turn from Foden initially to get away from Neuhaus in midfield and he makes a driving run through midfield without being challenged by Gladbach.

18′ CITY HAVE A SECOND! It’s a great run by Foden to set up the goal and he lays it off to Gundogan, who times his run perfectly. He’s one-on-one with the goalkeeper and hits his shot under Sommer, who rushed off his line, and into the far bottom corner. 2-0 City!

16′ Hofmann squares the ball to Stindl, who is in space on the edge of the box. He takes it first time but doesn’t get any power on the shot and it’s a comfortable save for Ederson through the middle. 

14′ Gladbach are moving the ball upfield quicker, knowing they now need three goals to get through. It’s a good run by Bensebaini down the left before he plays in Embolo ahead of him, but his first touch is poor and Foden clears his lines.

12′ Mahrez did really well to dribble past Stindl, who was across quickly to close him down before getting into space to set up De Bruyne.

12′ DE BRUYNE SCORES! Mahrez rolls it into De Bruyne’s pass on the edge of the box and none of the Gladbach defenders close him down, so he has a go from range. He fires it across goal and into the top-left corner, giving Sommer no chance. 1-0 City!

10′ Since beating Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 and 4-0 in consecutive Champions League games in the group stage, Gladbach have lost three in a row and failed to score in the most recent two.

8′ GOOD SAVE! Gladbach win the ball back in midfield and Stindl turns before laying it off to Embolo, and he’s quickly closed down so he takes the shot from range. He hits it into the ground and it takes a slight deflection off Stones but Ederson does well to tip it wide of the post.

7′ SAVE! It’s a great pass over the top by Cancelo to pick out Foden on the left of the box and he stretches to hit the shot first time. He flicks it on with the outside of his boot and Sommer is down quickly to push it away.

6′ Silva gets caught on the ball by Stindl and his first thought is to play it forward for Embolo to run onto. There’s too much on the throughball though and City are in possession again.

4′ It’s patient play from City and they’re still keeping possession well as they try to open up some space in behind Gladbach, but the visitors are still keeping them pegged back at the moment.

2′ City are dominating possession in the opening minutes, but Gladbach are pressing them high upfield and doing a good job of stopping them from getting out of their own half at the moment.

1′ Embolo gets the game underway for Gladbach!

The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

City are unbeaten in their five games against Gladbach in the Champions League (W4 D1), scoring at least twice in each of their four victories.

Marco Rose makes just three changes to his team after their defeat at Augsburg on Friday. Bensebaini, Zakaria and Embolo come into the starting line-up, with Wendt, Lazaro and Plea named on the bench.

Pep Guardiola makes five changes to the side that beat Fulham at the weekend as he brings in Walker, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne and Foden. Mendy, Laporte, Jesus, Aguero and Torres all drop to the bench.

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH SUBS: Hannes Wolf, Ibrahima Traore, Tobias Sippel, Christoph Kramer, Valentino Lazaro, Alassane Plea, Max Grun, Oscar Wendt, Tony Jantschke, Jordan Beyer, Patrick Herrmann, Michael Lang.

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH STARTING XI (4-3-1-2): Yann Sommer; Stefan Lainer, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, Ramy Bensebaini; Jonas Hofman, Florian Neuhaus, Denis Zakaria; Lars Stindl; Breel Embolo, Marcus Thuram.

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Gabriel Jesus, Zack Steffen, Fernandinho, Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Scott Carson, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy.

MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden.

City have a 2-0 lead coming into this game thanks to goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus in the first leg. That win was part of an impressive 21-match winning run for City which came to an end with defeat against Manchester United, but they’ve bounced back with two victories since then. As for Gladbach, they’ve got work to do given the aggregate score, but they’re currently on an eight-game winless run in all competitions (D1 L7), losing their last six outings in a row.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Champions League round of 16 second leg between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach at the Puskas Arena!



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