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Man City deliver Champions League quarter-final with goalless draw

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Manchester City 0 Sporting Lisbon 0
(Manchester City win 5-0 on aggregate)

Manchester City have hardly been tested as they officially confirmed their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a goalless draw against Sporting Lisbon.

After winning the first leg of the Round of 16 5-0 last month, City barely came out of second gear in Wednesday’s return to the Etihad Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus was denied a goal while Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling also worked with goalkeeper Antonio Adan, but Pep Guardiola’s side showed little urgency against a side clearly resigned to elimination.

Such was City’s control that veteran keeper Scott Carson was sent on for the final stages while youngsters James McAtee and Luke Mbete also appeared in the second half.

Another of City’s promising academy products, defender CJ Egan-Riley has earned a place in the starting line-up, although that has been bolstered by the absences of Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake.

In all, Guardiola made six changes from the side that dominated Manchester United on Sunday.

Among those to sit out, the key playmaker was Kevin De Bruyne, who is just one booking away from being banned from the competition.

City sailed through the first half, controlling possession but failing to put Sporting’s defense under pressure.

It took 24 minutes before they got a shot on target with Foden’s effort from 20 yards out testing goalkeeper Adan.

Jesus felt he should have had a penalty after a challenge from Manuel Ugarte, and he also gave nothing away after a tackle from Luis Neto on the edge of the box.

better luck

Sterling had City’s best chance in the first half after being played off by Foden, but he failed in his attempt to dink Adan.

City sent McAtee and the in-form Riyad Mahrez into the interval and the latter created what looked like the breakthrough almost immediately.

Mahrez ran into the area from a long ball and regained possession after being tackled to slide Jesus down the right.

The Brazilian dug into the net from a tight angle but the goal was disallowed for offside following a VAR review.

Jesus had another attempt but Adan grabbed the second time to ask.

Sporting sometimes advanced but never bothered goalkeeper Ederson. A counterattack sent City back but Matheus Reis exploded well over the right.

Ederson was so calm that Guardiola decided to take him off in the 73rd minute, replacing him with Carson. It was just the 36-year-old’s second outing with City and his first Champions League appearance since moving to Liverpool in 2005.

Carson was almost immediately in action, having to save Paulinho from close range and taking a knock to the knee in the process.

John Stones nearly grabbed a winner in injury time but headed just over and the game ended scoreless. – Sound system