Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling struck late as 10-man Manchester City snatched a dramatic 3-2 win at Schalke on a night dominated by VAR controversy.
The unfancied Germans turned the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on its head when they were awarded two penalties late in the first half, the first after a lengthy and farcical VAR stoppage.
Both were confidently struck home by Nabil Bentaleb, cancelling out Sergio Aguero’s opener, but Sane’s stunning leveller against his former club revived City’s hopes after Nicolas Otamendi was sent off. Sterling then stole in for a remarkable last-minute winner.
That assured City of the advantage heading into the return at the Etihad Stadium, but fallout from a clash they were expected to win comfortably could rage for some time.
- Raheem Sterling’s goal was Manchester City’s first 90th minute winner in the Champions League since Kevin De Bruyne against Sevilla in October 2015.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League games against German opponents (W7 D1), since a 0-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in September 2014.
- Schalke have seen their nine game unbeaten home run in Europe ended by Manchester City (W6 D3 previously), with their last loss before tonight at home coming in February 2016 against Shakhtar Donetsk.
- Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions, and is the top goalscorer in the top five European leagues in 2019 (11).
- Since the start of last season, only Cristiano Ronaldo (8) has scored more away goals in the Champions League than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (7).
- Leroy Sané has been directly involved in eight goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions for Manchester City (three goals, five assists).
- Nabil Bentaleb has converted each of his 14 penalties in all competitions for Schalke.
- Nicolás Otamendi received his first red card for Manchester City in what was his 161st appearance for the club.