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Man City in Champions League quarters despite loss to Basel

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Manchester City had their long unbeaten streak at home snapped in a 1-2 loss to here, but the result was essentially meaningless as the (EPL) leaders comfortably advanced to quarter-finals with a 5-2 victory on aggregate.

Three weeks after scoring four away goals in a 4-0 victory over the Swiss club at St. Jakob-Park in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash, the side had the luxury of resting some key players here on Wednesday night, reports news agency.

Among other changes, English teenager was inserted into the lineup in place of Spanish midfielder David Silva, while 34-year-old veteran took the field instead of Belgian midfielder

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, the third-leading scorer in this season's EPL, was also rested for Wednesday night's match at City of Manchester Stadium, where the hosts had not lost since a 1-3 defeat to Chelsea in December 2016.

Foden was the most on the field, with the 17-year-old having led England to victory last October at the 2017 U-17 and being named that tournament's most valuable

But the budding star had little chance to shine in the first half for the home side, whose first goal came in the eighth minute when an unmarked scored on a pass from

The play had been set up by a strong run past several defenders by

Another rout seemed in store despite the absence of key Manchester City stars, but the game took an unexpected turn when scored in the 17th minute.

took advantage of a breakdown in City's defence to score unmarked from close range.

With the home side leading 5-1 on aggregate at the start of the second half, there was little to play for other than pride.

Basel took advantage of their talented opponents' lack of urgency, getting a second goal in the 71st minute when Elyounoussi manoeuvred around a defender and set up for a strike inside the near post.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 13:18 IST