Riyad Mahrez was influential for Manchester City as they thumped Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 in the second leg of the Uefa Champions League last 16.
The former English champions went into the clash with a 2-0 advantage having already won the first leg 2-0 away from home. Due to the Covid19 travel restrictions Uefa had to arrange neutral venues for some of the games and this game was one of those affected. It was held at the Puskas Arena in Hungary.
City took the lead after 12 minutes when Mahrez rolled the ball into the path of Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne who smashed the ball into the top-left corner to give the hosts the lead.
Six minutes later, Ilkay Gundogan doubled the advantage for City. Phil Folden made a surging run before laying the ball off to the German who made no mistake after being one-on-one with Sommer who rushed off his line, but couldn’t stop Gundogan’s low driven strike which went under him.
Riyad Mahrez started and played the whole game for the Citizens while his compatriot Ramy Bensebaini started and lasted 88 minutes for the visitors.
City has been on fire this season and still on course for both domestic and continental glory. The Citizens currently top the Premier League with 71 points from 30 games. Second-place Manchester United is 14 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid went through to the last eight of the competition with an aggregate score of 4-1 after defeating Atalanta 3-1 in the second leg of the tie at home. Los Blancos won the first leg away from home by a goal to nil.
Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and captain Sergio Ramos scored the three goals for Zinedine Zidane’s side while Colombian striker Luis Muriel netted the consolation goal for the visitors.
Madrid will now shift focus to La Liga where they are still in contention for the title. They are six points behind log-leaders Atletico Madrid and just two points behind second-place Barcelona
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