A five-star performance from Manchester City versus Sporting means they are as close as possible to the last eight of the Champions League.
The reigning Premier League champions were far too good for Sporting, and they proved that after scoring four goals inside the first 45 minutes.
Mahrez scored the opener after a VAR check ruled in his favour before Bernardo scored the first of his two goals thanks to a piledriver from inside the penalty box.
Foden then tapped in Mahrez’s cross to make it three before Bernardo grabbed his second when his shot deflected into the back of the net.
The city did not let up in the second half, and Bernardo was denied his hat-trick after being flagged offside.
Sterling scored the best goal of the night as his stunning drive from outside the box sailed into the top corner,
And it was a night to savour for the travelling City fans.
SPORTING (3-4-2-1): Antonio Adan;
Goncalo Bernardo Inacio, Sebastian Coates, Matheus Reis;
Pedro Porro, Joao Palhinha, Matheus, Ricardo Esgaio;
Pablo Sarabia, Pote;
SUBS: Goncalo Esteves, Manuel Ugarte, Joao Virginia, Zouhair Feddal,
Andre Paulo, Daniel Braganca, Bruno Tabata, Marcus Edwards, Luis Neto,
Nuno Santos, Islam Slimani, Ruben Vinagre.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson;
John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo;
Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva;
Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling.
SUBS: Kayky Chagas, James McAtee, Scott Carson, Cieran Slicker, Ilkay Gundogan,
Fernandinho, Liam Delap, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Ake, Luke Mbete, Romeo Lavia.
What lies ahead for Sporting and Manchester City?
The city has sent a message with this result tonight, and if anyone doubted their credentials to win the competition, they might have to think twice.
Yes, Sporting were unlikely to progress much further in the Champions League,
But they were made to look very ordinary tonight after a majestic display.
Sporting will face Estoril. Meanwhile, Manchester City will host Tottenham Hotspur.
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