@championsleague for the second time! Quarter finals incoming! ?? pic.twitter.com/YG4m3NGBKD — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 7, 2018One bright spot was the performance of 17-year-old midfielder Phil Foden, who became the youngest English player to feature in the knockout stage of the Champions League and delivered a composed performance throughout. The evening began positively for City, unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League home matches, when Brazilian Gabriel Jesus put them ahead in the eighth minute. German winger Leroy Sane danced through the Basel defence and set up Bernardo Silva whose low cross was tapped in by the Brazilian forward for his first goal since November. It seemed like another comfortable City win could be on the card but Basel, backed by an impressively vocal travelling support, were clearly determined to restore some pride.
The visitor drew level nine minutes after Jesus' goal when Mohamed Elyounoussi buried the ball in the bottom corner with a well-struck effort from just inside the area. Runaway Premier League leader City were content to play their trademark possession football but without any real threat in attack. Basel's endeavour was rewarded in the 72nd minute when, after excellent work from Elyounoussi, Michael Lang blasted past Claudio Bravo at the near post. While Guardiola was not unduly concerned about the result, given the tie was virtually decided two weeks ago, he was disappointed with the way his side approached the second half.
978 - Manchester City completed 978 passes tonight; the most recorded by a side in a Champions League match since 2003-04 (when we have this data available from), three days after having the most in a Premier League game (902 v Chelsea). Robotic.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 7, 2018