Manchester City coasts past Monchengladbach, Tottenham through to the Europa League round of 16

Manchester City sent out a message to their Champions League rivals with a dominant 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Although storming towards the Premier League title, City are missing the Champions League from their trophy cabinet as Pep Guardiola has yet to take them past the semi-finals, but his side are on course for a genuine tilt at this season’s competition following a commanding display at the Puskas Arena.

Bernardo Silva opened the scoring with a clever header following a Joao Cancelo cross from the left before Gabriel Jesus bundled home the second after another header across goal from Bernardo.

It’s now 19 wins in a row across all competitions for City, who go marching on across all fronts.


Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Manchester City won their 12th consecutive away match in all competitions, breaking the record run for an English top-flight side which was previously set by Man City themselves in November 2017.
  • City have faced just nine shots across their four away UEFA Champions League games this season, with four of those on target and their opponents having just 13 touches in their box in the four games.
  • Gabriel Jesus has scored in all five of his UEFA Champions League appearances in the last 16 for Manchester City, netting at this stage in each of his last four seasons.
  • City are the first team to keep a clean sheet in their first four away UEFA Champions League matches in a campaign since Manchester United did so in 2010-11.

Tottenham 4-0 Wolfsberger: Spurs cruise into Europa League last 16 after 8-1 aggregate score

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Dele Alli was in inspired form for Tottenham Hotspur in the 4-0 bashing of Austrian side Wolfsberger AC, scoring a stunning overhead kick and assisting another two as Spurs coasts into the round of 16.

Alli marked his return to the Spurs starting line-up with a sensational bicycle kick inside 10 minutes and he further sealed a man-of-the-match performance with second-half assists for Carlos Vinicius and Gareth Bale.

Spurs took a 4-1 first-leg lead and did the same thing, scoring four in the second leg as Jose Mourinho took the opportunity to blood some youngsters, with 16-year-old Dane Scarlett registering his first senior assist for the club as Vinicius doubled his tally late on.

The victory provided Spurs a fresh start after a stuttering domestic campaign and sees them become the first British side to qualify for the last 16 ahead of Friday’s draw.

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Spurs have progressed to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign, where they were eliminated by Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund.
  • Tottenham are the ninth different team to score 100+ goals in the Europa League, with only Benfica (53) & Sevilla (55) reaching the tally in fewer games than Spurs (56 games).
  • Austrian sides have now lost 21 of their 22 trips to England in major European competition, with FK Austria Wien the only side to avoid defeat against Chelsea in a Cup Winners’ Cup encounter in October 1994.
  • Tottenham boss José Mourinho has seen one of his teams score at least eight goals across a major European knockout tie for the first time since his Real Madrid days, when his Spanish side beat Apoel Nicosia 8-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2011-12.
  • Spurs had five different goalscorers across their two-legged Last 32 tie against RZ Pellets WAC (Son Heung-Min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura, Carlos Vinicius, Dele Alli), the most they’ve ever had across a UEFA Europa League knockout tie.
  • Carlos Vinicius has scored in each of his last four UEFA Europa League matches (six goals), the first Spurs player to net in four straight European appearances since Jermain Defoe in November 2013 (excluding qualifiers).
  • Carlos Vinicius is averaging a goal or assist every 66 minutes in all competitions for Tottenham this season (9 goals, 3 assists), the best rate among any player at the club to have played at least 90 minutes this season.
  • Aged 16 years and 337 days, Tottenham’s Dane Scarlett is the first 16-year-old to assist a Europa League goal since Kylian Mbappé in December 2015 for Monaco against Tottenham.
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