Manchester City drew 0-0 with Sporting CP to end a series of six home wins in a row in the Champions League knockout stage for Cityzens but continued to qualify for the quarter-finals on a 5-0 aggregate score.
Coming to Manchester on a mission to nullify their biggest joint lead away from home in the competition, Sporting kept things tight to avoid conceding early goals, while City debuted in the Champions League with 19-year-old defender CJ Egan-Riley.
The visitors had a small chance when Islam Slimani was the first to launch a vertical ball into Sporting’s right flank in the 21st minute, but Aymeric Laporte did well to deflect it wide.
Raheem Sterling’s poor run in the 39th minute served as a warning to the visitors, who began to enjoy space with the ball. Sporting beat HT 0-0 and deservedly so, but City could have done more to get past the defenders and test the goalkeeper.
The changes were made after the break by Pep Guardiola to speed up the breakthrough and ensure that City are on track to extend their record of scoring over two goals in each of their last 10 Champions League home matches.
Substitute Riyad Mahrez smoothly parried a pass and charged into the box, after which Gabriel Jesus scored in the 47th minute, but the VAR system counted the goal due to offside, providing Sporting with a lifeline.
Summing up a rather difficult game, Ederson was replaced by Scott Carson in the 73rd minute, who was immediately called into action to deny Paulinho a one-on-one.
Rubén Amorim can be pleased with how his team fared against the favorites of the tournament, regaining their pride after a heated first leg to take City to a goalless draw at the Etihad.