Bernardo Silva scored twice as Manchester City made Champions League history with an emphatic 5-0 away win over Sporting CP in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Riyad Mahrez got them on their way with a simple finish early on before Silva added a second with a thunderous strike before the midway point of the first half.
Phil Foden scored a third shortly after the half-hour mark and Silva got his second before half-time as Pep Guardiola’s side became the first team in Champions League history to lead an away knockout match by four goals at the break.
Raheem Sterling added a superb fifth in the second half, with City’s progress to the quarter-finals all but secured ahead of the return fixture in Manchester next month.
City started at a blistering pace and went ahead in the seventh minute, Mahrez slotting in Kevin De Bruyne’s pull-back after Antonio Adan had parried Foden’s effort.
John Stones headed wide soon after, yet City doubled their advantage after 17 minutes when Silva crashed a sumptuous half-volley in off the crossbar from 10 yards.
City’s dominance heralded a third goal in the 32nd minute, Foden stroking in from close range after Mahrez’s low cross had squeezed past two Sporting defenders. They made it 4-0 before the break when Silva’s strike from Sterling’s pull-back was diverted past Adan by the unfortunate Goncalo Bernardo Inacio.
Silva saw a header ruled out for offside shortly after the interval, yet they added a fifth in the 58th minute courtesy of Sterling’s wonderful curled strike from 20 yards.