Ten-man Manchester City came back from 2 – 1 down to claim victory over Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena on Tuesday night.
After taking the lead, Pep Guardiola’s men went 2 – 1 down after Nabil Bentaleb twice converted from the penalty spot. Things got worse for City as Nicolas Otamendi received his matching orders but the English Champions somehow fought back to leave Germany with all three points.
City seemed to prove bookmakers right taking the lead through Sergio Aguero who side-footed into an empty net after David Silva had robbed Salif Sane off the ball right in the 18-yard box.
Fate seemed to favour Schalke as they were awarded two penalties, first was for a handball committed by Otamendi who was booked for the offence after VAR review. Bentaleb sent Ederson the wrong way to the delight of the home fans, five minutes later they had more to cheer for.
Following a free-kick, Fernandinho nudged Sane to the ground as the ball flew into the box and referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande pointed to the spot. Bentaleb converted once again but this time Ederson was able to get a touch on it but not telling enough.
Things didn’t get any better for the Cityzens, Otamendi received a second yellow for a needless foul on Guido Burgstaller. Guardiola immediately withdrew David Silva and replaced him with Vincent Kompany a move that reflected the plans of a manager trying to avoid more damage.
What followed after that was quite unexpected, substitute Leroy Sane drew level for City against his former employers, the young winger crashed a spectacular free-kick into the top corner of the net.
The coach might have lost hope of getting all 3 points but his players had other ideas, on the 90th minute Sterling (operating as somewhat of a lone striker at this point) chased a hopeless Ederson clearance, shrugged off the much more physically built Bastian Oczipka and slotted past Ralf Fahrmann to all but assure City a place in the Quarter-finals.
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