Steering’s late strike gives Manchester City’s 10-men upper hand over Schalke

Schalke 2-3 Manchester City

Manchester City fought back with 10 men to beat Schalke in the first leg of their Champions league last-16 tie.

In the game where Manchester City were favorites to go through, it took a late goal from England forward Raheem Sterling to earn the Premier League champions 3 away goals.

Manchester City got an 18th minute lead after a shambolic defense from Salif Sane. David Silva runs past him to intercept and square it for a tap-in for Sergio Aguero.

But Schalke were awarded a controversial penalty 38 minutes with a long VAR decision. Former Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb sends Ederson the wrong way to bury from the spot. Then converted another penalty at the stroke of half time.

The first penalty was awarded after City defender Nicolas Otamendi was adjudged to have handled the ball and he was issued his first yellow.

The second penalty was awarded as a result of foul by Fernandinho on Salif Sane – a brief consultation with VAR was made.

Nicolas Otamendi was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Guido Burgstaller in the second half – meaning he will sit out the second leg, as will Fernandinho.

With the game poised to finish in surprise defeat for City, manager Pep Guardiola deployed former Schalke player Leroy Sane who curled home a free-kick from 30 yards to level for the visitors.

Then a late strike from Sterling gave City the winner.

The second leg takes place in Manchester on Tuesday, 12 March.



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