Schalke v Manchester City: Champions League last-16, first leg – as it happened

The Guardian - Feb 20, 22:27 GMT

Late goals by Sané and Sterling seal comebackBentaleb scores twice from the spotOtamendi sent off, Fernandinho ruled out of second legVar adds to confusion 10.26pm GMT “It was a great result

  • Late goals by Sané and Sterling seal comeback
  • Bentaleb scores twice from the spot
  • Otamendi sent off, Fernandinho ruled out of second leg
  • Var adds to confusion

“It was a great result. We gave the first penalty, we gave the second penalty, we gave the red card, so that is not good. So still we are not ready to fight for the final stages. That is the reality.

“We played good but we lost some easy balls, which you are not allowed to do in this competition. And we conceded two penalties. I am a big fan of Var so I have no problem with that. I think the first and second ones are penalties.”

“We made it difficult for ourselves at times but we stuck together, even when down to 10 men.” About his goal he says he gave the defender “a slight nudge in the back ... and my first touch was good and then when the far corner opened up, I went for it.”

He adds: “We showed what a great bunch of lads we are and what we’re heading towards.” That last bit “what we’re heading towards” is quite ominous. Mind you, they’ll have to play better than this to win the Champions League for the first time. But they have so many players who can produce magic at any moment that they’re proper contenders. And they know it.

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