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Gundogan shines as Manchester City run riot at Basel

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Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (L) vies for the ball with Basel’s Albanian midfielder Taulant Xhaka during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Basel and Manchester City at the Saint Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel on February 13, 2018. Patrick HERTZOG / AFP

Ilkay Gundogan dazzled with two goals in Manchester City’s 4-0 romp at FC Basel on Tuesday to leave the Premier League leaders on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s side effectively settled the last 16 tie after just 23 minutes by racing into a 3-0 lead at Basel’s Sankt Jakob Park.Their first three goals came in a devastating nine-minute spell thanks to a Gundogan header, a Bernardo Silva volley and a long-range Sergio Aguero strike.

Basel’s misery continued just after the break when Gundogan deftly added a fourth from outside the area and he could easily have finished with a hat-trick.The scoreline gives the Swiss side little hope for the return leg at the Etihad on March 7.

Germany midfielder Gundogan gave Basel a masterclass in defensive midfield play, complementing his two-goal display by repeatedly snuffing out fledgling Swiss attacks.

The only black mark against him was a late yellow card after a clash with Basel’s Ivory Coast veteran midfielder Serey Die.

Basel head coach Raphael Wicky opted to play a back five when the host were defending, but the ploy only failed to keep City out for the first 14 minutes.

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