Manchester City eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-0 drubbing of Schalke for a resounding 10-2 aggregate victory in the last 16.
City were looking to build on a 3-2 advantage they took from the first leg in Germany, fielding only one fit central defender in Aymeric Laporte.
Any nerves were settled when Aguero opened the scoring 10 minutes from the end of the first half with a chipped panenka penalty, and three minutes he later made it two.
With victory assured, Leroy Sane slotted home a third just before half-time against his former club.
In the second half, Raheem Sterling converted a lovely cross from Sane to make it four after VAR ruled in his favour, with the video assistant regularly invoked to clear up decisions and slow down the game. Bernardo Silva then added a fifth, Ben Foden a sixth, and Gabriel Jesus scored the seventh.
City cruised into the next round confidently, and with big teams dropping out they may now count themselves as favourites, despite Pep Guardiola’s protestations.
Can anyone stop Manchester City now? They started with just one fit central defender and finished with none, and will almost certainly be stronger for the next round of the Champions League. There are some great teams left in the tournament but none of them hit the serenely dominant spells that City showed again that they are capable of tonight
MAN OF THE MATCH
Leroy Sane (Manchester City): Along with Raheem Sterling, he was at the heart of the danger posed by the home side. Teaming pace with brilliant passing and well timed runs, they tore apart Schalke in the first half.
Ederson 6, Walker 7, Danilo 6, Laporte 7, Zinchenko 6, Gundogan 7, Silva 7, Sterling 8, Sane 8, Bernardo 7, Aguero 7. Subs: Delph 6, Jesus 7, Foden 7.
Schalke: Fahrmann 5, McKennie 5, Bruma 4, Stambouli 5, Burgstaller 5, Oczipka 5, Serdar 5, Sane 5, Bentaleb 6, Konoplyanka 5, Embolo 6. Subs: Mendyl 6, Skrzybski 6, Teuchert 6.
35’ – GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Schalke. Aguero scores – A calm, chipped panenka floats into the back of the net with the ‘keeper wrong-footed.
38’ – GOAL! Manchester City 2-0 Schalke. Aguero scores – Gundogan sends over a ball for Sterling behind the defence, he backheels to Aguero near the goal and stumbles, but then forces in a shot off the ‘keeper and inside the post.
42’ – GOAL! Manchester City 3-0 Schalke. Sane scores – Zinchenko releases Sane into the box, and the winger slots a shot across goal, across the ‘keeper, and into the back of the net.
56’ – GOAL! Manchester City 4-0… No, it’s another offside. Sane attacks from the left, angles in a pass to the back post for Sterling to side-foot in. It did look onside…and VAR eventually gives it to Sterling.
72’ – GOAL! Manchester City 5-0 Schalke. Bernardo scores – Sane receives the ball on the left of the box, pulls it back for Bernardo, and he scuff in a shot past the ‘keeper.
79’ – GOAL! Manchester City 6-0 Schalke. Foden scores – Sane darts inside from the left, makes space with some neat touches, rolls in Foden on the overlap, and he rounds the ‘keeper before finishing into an empty net.
84’ – GOAL! Manchester City 7-0 Schalke. Jesus scores – Jesus receives the ball on the edge of the box and with one touch he sweeps the ball into the near post.
The win today gave City their first win in both legs of a Champions League knockout tie.