Manchester City 7-0 Schalke (10-2 agg): Pep Guardiola’s side batter German opponents to ease into Champions League quarter-finals

Manchester City thrashed Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad as they cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s side made it look easy and the overall result was never in doubt as they added to the 3-2 lead the took from the first leg.

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Sergio Aguero scored twice for City

Even though it took City more than 30 minutes to get their first they did not look back after Sergio Aguero’s opener from the penalty spot.

He added a second soon after with Leroy Sane added a third shortly before the break.

Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus sealed the result beyond doubt in the second period in a dominant performance.

It was as comfortable as it gets for City with the only frustration for the hosts – and, most notably, their fans – being the length of time some VAR decisions took.

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Leroy Sane scores City’s third

There were no controversial replay decisions this time, unlike in Gelsenkirchen three weeks ago, but the lengthy delays for consultation highlighted the continuing teething problems of the system.

Yet that was not a major issue for City, who dominated in a manner they were expected but failed to do in a first leg that proved surprisingly tense.

Toiling in the Bundesliga and with Tedesco reportedly on the brink of the sack, Schalke played like a side lacking confidence.

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Bernardo Silva got in on the act

Even with City short at the back, Aymeric Laporte being their only specialist starting centre-half, the Germans were unable to cause problems.

City were allowed to play at their own pace, patiently waiting for further opportunities after Aguero hit the outside of a post from a Sterling cut-back early on.

They upped the tempo with three goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half.

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City celebrate Phil Foden’s goal

Aguero made the breakthrough from the penalty spot, calmly chipping in Panenka-style after Bernardo Silva was adjudged to have been bundled over by Jeffrey Bruma.

Aguero doubled the lead moments later when he squeezed a shot through the legs of goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann at the near post after a cheeky backheel from Sterling.

Sane, who struck with a ferocious free-kick in the first leg, then stunned his former club again by racing on to an Oleksandr Zinchenko pass and rifling home a low shot.

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Gabriel Jesus scored City’s seventh

Supporters jeered as all three first-half goals required lengthy VAR reviews and there was frustration early in the second period when another Sane strike was disallowed.

Sane raced through and rounded Fahrmann to tuck home, but a flag was then raised and VAR upheld the offside.

The next VAR decision went in City’s favour, however, as Sane clipped a delicate bouncing cross into the area for Sterling to thump into the net. The flag was initially raised, but replays this time proved Sterling was onside.

Schalke were crumbling and their night got worse as Sane cut through them again and pulled back for Bernardo Silva to side-foot in a shot off a post.

Foden came off the bench to add the sixth when he rounded the keeper from another exquisite pass and City were almost playing at walking pace when Jesus, another substitute, bagged the seventh six minutes from time.

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