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Man City loses, advanced to UCL quarters on aggregate

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  • City advances to 2nd quarterfinal in 3 years
  • First home loss since Dec. 2016
  • Jesus scores lone City goal

Mohamed Elyounoussi and Michael Lang scored for Basel, who became just the fourth team to beat Man City over 90 minutes this season, but the Premier League hosts advanced to the UEFA Champions League Final with a 5-2 win on aggregate at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Gabriel Jesus scored Man City’s lone goal in the 2-1 loss, as City goes onto the UCL quarterfinals after a year away from the final eight.

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City handed a start to 17-year-old Phil Foden and brought in 18-year-old Brahim Diaz after 66 minutes

Jesus may’ve thought Bernardo Silva‘s pass would find him near the back post, but it’s unlikely he expected Man City’s opener to come through not one but two defenders’ legs.

Leroy Sane drove across the heart of the Basel defensive third to find Silva, and the Portuguese playmaker sent a cross back post that Jesus tapped in for 1-0.

Basel leveled the leg at one through the young Norwegian-Moroccan attacker Elyounoussi, a name you’ll likely hear in the transfer rumor mill soon.

Elyounoussi took the ball in the center of the pitch and rifled his shot past Claudio Bravo.

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LIVE, UCL: Tottenham v Juventus; Man City v Basel

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We have another huge afternoon of UEFA Champions League action as two last 16 second legs take center stage.

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Tottenham Hotspur host Juventus at Wembley with the scores locked at 2-2 from the first leg in Turin, while Manchester City host Basel with Pep Guardiola‘s men all but through to the last eight after a 4-0 win in in the first leg in Switzerland.

Spurs have only reached the UCL last eight once before in their history with Gianluigi Buffon and Co. knowing they must score at least once to make it through.

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City know they are going to breeze into the last eight but Guardiola still wants a professional display from his side.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while we will have analysis and reaction from on-site at Wembley.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League last 16, second legs

2:45 p.m. ET: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Juventus (2-2)
2:45 p.m. ET: Manchester City vs. Basel (4-0)

UEFA Champions League Weds: Juve hits Wembley, Man City up big

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While Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matches promised very little drama aside from how Paris would react when Neymar-less PSG failed to top Real Madrid, Wednesday’s at least throw us a bone.

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Spurs welcome Juventus to Wembley Stadium in what will be a full-throated and potentially record-breaking crowd. The North London side enters the 2:45 p.m. ET kickoff with a pair of potentially critical away goals but a 2-2 deadlock with The Old Lady.

Speaking of Juve, Paulo Dybala was unavailable for the first leg but he’s here now. The bad news is that Gonzalo Higuain, author of both Juve goals in this tie, has ankle problems.

Spurs backstop Hugo Lloris will stare across the field and see legendary Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon, who himself has history on his mind, praising Wembley as a “historic theater of football.”

Here’s Buffon on Tottenham:

“I think Spurs quite clearly have lots of great attributes with a tried and trusted style of play which means they like to go forward in an attacking way, be physical and be technical as well. At the same time, they have a style of play which also allows the opposition a few openings and opportunities for a goal, so I think the fans are in for a treat tomorrow and a great game. The team that has the best clinical edge will be the ones that win and goes on to the next round.”

The other Wednesday second leg sees Basel head to the Etihad Stadium down four goals to Manchester City, who hasn’t allowed four goals at home since a November 2015 loss to Liverpool.

City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t looking at the score line, at least not too often, as he continues to focus on how his men execute his system.

“How we control the game, how we create. Maybe tomorrow it’s more important nothing happens but we don’t concede, set pieces or counter attacks. We play simple. It’s a good moment to see how we can handle the situation for our future.”

The match at the Etihad also kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

“Game by game” – Pep eyeing it all after Man City blowout of Basel

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Maybe it’s just us, but it sure sounds like Pep Guardiola is moving on from his refusal to admit Manchester City could win four trophies this year in a rarely-seen quadruple.

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City battered Basel 4-0 in Switzerland on Tuesday in a first leg of a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match which essentially renders the second leg moot.

It was 3-0 before halftime.

“An excellent result,” Guardiola said, from the BBC. “We are almost in the quarter-finals. Champions League is always 180 minutes and we will take the game seriously but it’s an excellent result.”

Guardiola’s men rarely lose by four — they did fall 4-0 at Everton last season — and to think they’ll lose by four without scoring at home is nearly unconscionable.

Now they’ve got one leg in the quarterfinals, a 16-point lead on the Premier League table, a League Cup Final at the end of the month, and are a win at Wigan Athletic away from the FA Cup quarterfinals.

“We are still in February and in the Premier League we are in an amazing position and we are almost in the quarter-finals, we are in one final (EFL Cup) and on Monday we have the opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Game by game.”

It still seems wild to consider a quadruple when considering that there are a trio of one-off, 90-120 minute, anything-can-happen matches at the end of the three parts of the four trophies, but it’s neither impossible nor — perhaps — even improbable.

The hardest bit to win will be the Champions League, and bookies have them as the favorite (around 3:1 odds).

Man City smashes Basel with 4 away goals

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Manchester City essentially rendered the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Basel moot in a 4-0 blasting St. Jakob-Park.

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Ilkay Gundogan scored in each half, and City built a 3-0 lead in Switzerland and have more than one foot in the quarterfinals.

Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero also scored for City, which can prepare for the March 7 home leg with relative comfort.

Gundogan’s second was a ripper.