(EFE) – Manchester City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 in a duel that it completely dominated and in which the only thing that can be reproached is that it did not get more out of its clear superiority, for the first leg of the round of 16 final of the UEFA Champions League.
City took the lead in the 29th minute with a Bernardo Silva header to the center of Joao Cancelo from the left after intercepting an imprecise pass from Christoph Kramer.
With the 0-1, the teams went to rest and Gladbach could be happy, as the dominance of City was overwhelming.
Already in the approach, with a defense of three centrals, Gladbach had shown great respect for City and their defensive tactics allowed them to at least solve situations in their own area that, with fewer men in that area, would have led to chances of goal.
The game was played in the Gladbach half and predominantly in the last third of the field. City had the ball, it circulated it hoping that spaces would be generated and, when it lost it, an immediate operation was unleashed to recover it with high pressure.
Gladbach could not go out playing and sometimes tried with long balls that did not reach their destination.
The pressure near the Gladbach area was what produced the imprecise delivery of Kramer that originated the play of the first goal.
The German team passed the first 45 without finishing on goal and without even having an offensive action near the opposing area.
In the second half, the advance pressure from City was a little less suffocating, which allowed Gladbach to have some plays from the area and even a shot at Plea’s goal in the 60th minute, but it was still clear who was in charge on the field.
In the 54th minute, City’s second goal was about to arrive, but Elvedi managed to cross himself at the last moment after a shot from Gabriel Jesús.
In 64, Gabriel Jesús signed the 0-2 and the final sentence. A cross to the second post by Joan Cancelo was sent to the center of the area by Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesús scored from close range.