Skip to content
Full Time After Extra Time This is a live match. Extra Time Half Time

Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City. UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round.

Estadio Jose AlvaladeAttendance48,129.

Sporting Lisbon 0

    Manchester City 5

    • R Mahrez (7th minute)
    • B Silva (17th minute, 44th minute)
    • P Foden (32nd minute)
    • R Sterling (58th minute)

    Sporting Lisbon 0-5 Man City: Bernardo Silva nets twice as Pep Guardiola's men make Champions League statement

    Match report as Man City all-but confirm their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Lisbon; Bernardo Silva scored twice while Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling were also on target

    Bernardo Silva celebrates with Joao Cancelo against Sporting Lisbon
    Image: Bernardo Silva celebrates with Joao Cancelo after scoring against Sporting Lisbon

    Manchester City underlined their status as Champions League favourites with a ruthless 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Lisbon to effectively book their place in the quarter-finals.

    City, runners-up last season, blew Sporting away with a rampant first-half display at the Jose Alvalade Stadium as they became the first side in the competition's history to lead by four goals at the halfway point of a Champions League knockout game.

    The rout began when Riyad Mahrez turned home a Kevin De Bruyne cut-back (7), with VAR overturning the initial decision to rule the goal out for offside following a lengthy check.

    Bernardo Silva, one of four players in the City team to have previously played for Sporting's bitter rivals Benfica, then doubled their lead with a stunning half-volleyed finish which crashed into the net off the underside of the bar following a corner (17).

    The hosts, in the last 16 of the Champions League for only the second time in their history, could not get to grips with City's speed and movement and the punishment continued when poor defending allowed Phil Foden to fire home from Mahrez's low cross (32).

    Player ratings

    Sporting: Adan (5), Esgaio (5), Coates (5), Inacio (5), Porro (5), Reis (4), Palhinha (5), Matheus (5), Goncalves (5), Sarabia (6), Paulinho (5)

    Subs:Tabata (6), Ugarte (6), Neto (6), Slimani (6)

    Man City: Ederson (7), Stones (8), Dias (7), Laporte (7), Cancelo (7), Rodrigo (7), De Bruyne (8), Bernardo (9), Mahrez (8), Foden (8), Sterling (9)

    Subs: Gundogan (6), Zinchenko (6), Fernandinho (6), Ake (6), Delap (6)

    Man of the match: Bernardo Silva

    Silva then scored his second as Sporting left him unmarked to fire past beleaguered goalkeeper Antonio Adan with the help of a deflection after a Sterling lay-off (44).

    Silva was denied a hat-trick by VAR just a few minutes after half-time when he nodded home De Bruyne's diagonal cross from close-range, only for replays to show he was in an offside position.

    Also See:

    There was no let-up from City, however, with Sterling adding a stunning fifth not long afterwards when he cut inside and curled a brilliant effort into the top corner from outside the box (58).

    Raheem Sterling celebrates with Bernardo Silva after scoring Man City's fifth goal against Sporting Lisbon
    Image: Raheem Sterling celebrates with Bernardo Silva after scoring Manchester City's fifth

    Only then did Pep Guardiola take the opportunity to rest some of his players, with Foden, John Stones and Rodri making way for Ilkay Gundogan, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fernandinho. There were also late cameos from Nathan Ake and Liam Delap.

    By that point, the contest had been reduced to a training exercise, with Sporting unable to even muster a shot on target over the course of the 90 minutes as the visitors continued to seek openings.

    And so Manchester City's quest for Champions League glory continues. On this evidence they will take some stopping.

    Pep: We were clinical... but we can do better

    Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

    Pep Guardiola discusses Manchester City’s 5-0 Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon and the City boss admits he’s delighted by how clinical his side was.

    "Today we were so clinical," Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola told BT Sport. "Every time we arrive in the first 20 minutes, we score.

    "We saw in the first five, six or seven minutes how dangerous they were. The difference between the sides is not 5-0. But up front we were so clinical.

    "They attack with a lot of players and we punished them on the counter-attacks."

    Riyad Mahrez put Man City ahead
    Image: Riyad Mahrez put Man City ahead in the early stages

    He added: "The players they know me. They know that we can do better. There were a few players who still didn't read well what we have to do in terms of build-up. We can do better.

    "It is just a game and a fantastic result. We need one more game to be in the quarter-finals. We will now focus on the Premier League."

    Analysis: City make a statement

    Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

    After his two-goal haul against Sporting Lisbon, Man City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Bernardo Silva, calling him a ‘perfect player’.

    Sky Sports' Nick Wright:

    It had been billed as a potentially tricky tie for Manchester City. Sporting had shown their quality by pipping Borussia Dortmund to last-16 qualification in the group stage. They had only lost once at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in the previous five months.

    But Pep Guardiola's side could hardly have made it look easier. As they rattled in the goals in the first half, the beleaguered hosts could only watch in despair. The gulf in quality was vast.

    Raheem Sterling's stunning strike made it the joint-biggest win by any side in the history of the Champions League knockout stages and further underlined why City are considered favourites to lift the trophy.

    Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne celebrate another Man City goal
    Image: Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne celebrate another Man City goal

    They fell painfully short last season, their 1-0 loss to Chelsea in Porto ensuring their first Champions League final appearance ended in heartbreak. But there has been little evidence of a hangover this season. In fact, they look more determined than ever.

    City scored 18 goals in the group stage, including four in two games against Paris Saint-Germain, both of which they won, and with Sterling's fifth against Sporting, they reached 200 in the competition. They are the 14th side to hit the milestone but none have done it in fewer games (97).

    The statistics show how City have established themselves in the competition but is this the year they finally go on and claim the prize they covet most? Recent evidence suggests they are entitled to feel optimistic about their chances. The City machine chugs on.

    City's record-breaking win in numbers

    • Manchester City have become the first team in Champions League history to win five consecutive away games in the knockout stage of the competition.
    • City's 5-0 victory is the joint-biggest winning margin in a Champions League knockout game, while it's Man City's biggest ever win an away game in any round of the competition.
    • City are the 14th team to score 200 goals in the Champions League, doing so in just 97 games - the fewest among those sides to have reached this milestone in the competition.
    • Raheem Sterling scored his 24th Champions League goal. Only Wayne Rooney (30) has scored more among Englishmen in the competition.
    • Riyad Mahrez has scored six Champions League goals in 2021-22, the joint-most by a Manchester City player in a single season in the competition.

    What's next for Man City?

    Live Premier League

    Manchester City host Tottenham live on Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday from 5pm, with kick-off at 5.30pm.

    The second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Sporting takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, March 9.

      Win £250,000 with Super 6!
      Win £250,000 with Super 6!

      Another Saturday, another chance to win £250,000 with Super 6. Play for free, entries by 3pm.

      Around Sky