Premiership League leader, Manchester City, made their return to the Champions League knock-out stages in scintillating fashion as they thrashed FC Basel 4-0 away from home.
City travelled to Switzerland for the leg of their last-16 tie and hammered a wasteful Basel side to all but book their place in the next round of the competition.
Pep Guardiola’s side arguably settled the tie in the first half, scoring three well-worked goals, finished off by Ilkay Gundogan , Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Gundogan scored his second, and City’s fourth, with a brilliant second-half strike as the Premier League leaders dazzled at St. Jakob Park. In a bizarre first half, Basel (who defeated City’s rivals Manchester United in the group-stages) created a huge amount of chances.
With a little more composure and attacking panache, they might have still been in the tie – but it wasn’t to be for the Swiss side as they fell to an embarrassing defeat, and face a near-impossible task when they travel to England for the second leg in three weeks.
Elsewhere at the Allianz Stadium in Italy, Harry Kane led a brilliant Tottenham fight back as Mauricio Pochettino’s pulled off a major Champions League upset by playing 2-2 draw with Juventus.