As if it was in any doubt…
Manchester City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after an aggregate 5-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.
The damage was done in the first leg – Pep Guardiola’s side scored all five goals in Portugal. The second leg at the Etihad was quite the contrast from the first tie – it finished goalless.
It certainly could have been worse for Sporting. A draw away from home against last season’s European finalists? Not a bad result all things considered.
But City advance to the last eight as they look to go one better than last year. They remain favourites to lift the trophy at 11/5 (from 9/4).
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The more intriguing tie of the night was Real Madrid up against Paris Saint-Germain. The French side won the first leg in Paris 1-0, which set up a mouth-watering second leg at the Bernabeu.
And tonight belonged to Karim Benzema.
Kylian Mbappe was the hero in Paris, and had the ball in the back of the net for PSG towards the end of the first half, but luckily for Real, the goal was ruled out for offside.
He had the ball in the Real Madrid net once again before the interval, and this time it counted. A first-time pass from Neymar set the Frenchman away, and he did the rest.
Mbappe had another goal disallowed early in the second-half – and what a shame it was. The striker was well offside when he received the ball but he took the ball past Thibaut Courtois with a delightful dummy before the flag went up.
However, Gianluigi Donnarumma gifted Real Madrid a lifeline, and Karim Benzema took it. The Italian made a mess of a clearance before Vinicius Junior picked out Benzema to slot home.
Benzema then got Madrid on level terms after a superb pass from Luka Modric, and then 12 seconds after the resulting kick-off, the Frenchman then got his hat-trick, and put Real ahead on aggregate. We thought we’d seen it all – extraordinary stuff.
Madrid held on and completed a sensational turnaround – another night of classic Champions League action.
Los Blancos are 9/1 to win their 14th Champions League title.