Manchester City welcomed Borussia Monchengladbach at the Puskas Arena earlier tonight, hoping to pick up a positive result in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie. Pep Guardiola’s men made a quick start to the game and took the lead in the 12th-minute courtesy when Kevin De Bruyne hammered the ball in with a powerful strike. Ilkay Gundogan doubled Man City’s advantage just six minutes later with a curled effort. The home side cruised to a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the second 45 minutes as the contest ended 2-0 in favour of the Mancunian giants, which ensured their place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after a 4-0 aggregate win over the two legs.
Let’s take a look at how each Man City player performed during the clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.
GK: Ederson – 7.5/10
The Brazilian keeper made a few solid saves during the game and secured another clean sheet in Europe.
RB: Kyle Walker – 6.5/10
Walker was hardly troubled defensively but stood his ground well when required. Offensively, his impact on the game was minimal.
CB: John Stones – 7.5/10
He was a rock at the back and made several important clearances during the 90 minutes. Stones also passed the ball relatively well out from defence.
CB: Ruben Dias – 7/10
The Portuguese defensive ace kept things solid inside his half and performed well enough to strict the opposition from scoring tonight.
LB: Joao Cancelo – 7/10
Cancelo got back to defend when needed and had a couple of bright moments in the Monchengladbach half.
CM: Rodri – 7.5/10
The Spaniard helped his team boss the game at the centre of the park and did what was asked of him quite well.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10
The German midfield ace made a couple of crucial interceptions and doubled Man City’s lead in the 18th minute with a sensational finish.
RM: Riyad Mahrez – 8/10
The Algeria international caused all sorts of problems for the Monchengladbach defenders because of his creativity and running in the final third. He ended the match with an assist to his name.
CAM: Kevin De Bruyne – 8/10
The Belgian playmaker opened the goal-scoring with a wonderful strike. He also created some meaningful chances for his teammates in the attacking third of the pitch.
LM: Phil Foden – 7.5/10
The English youngster had some lively moments in the game. He was the one responsible for setting up Gundogan’s goal with a perfect diagonal pass.
ST: Bernardo Silva – 6.5/10
Silva worked hard but struggled to get himself involved in the game.
CM: Fernandinho – 6/10
The Brazilian added some bite and steel to the Man City midfield.
LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6/10
Zinchenko kept things tidy after coming off the bench.
CB: Aymeric Laporte – 6/10
He did enough to see out the win with the clean sheet intact.
LW: Raheem Sterling – 6/10
Sterling hardly got a foothold in the game.
ST: Sergio Aguero – 6/10
The experienced striker didn’t get a sniff at goal.