Joao Cancelo, with a hand in the goals of Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus against Gladbach, was the star of the show for Manchester City.

Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus were on target as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals with an assured 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the vast majority of this last-16 first leg, and the City manager could have been disappointed by the failure to turn that into a more commanding lead until Jesus prodded in after 65 minutes.

It brings into view a common challenge for the champions of the Premier League, who have slipped at the quarter-final stage in each of the past three seasons.

A rare moment of inspiration arrived for Gladbach as the hour approached, with Denis Zakaria powering past Rodri but overhitting a pass into the City box that Ederson easily swept up.

The Brazil goalkeeper was scampering in the 63rd minute as Alassane Plea’s audacious flick bounced just inside the far post. Those minor scares roused City and Jesus showed sharp poaching instincts when Silva again played the unlikely part of a back-post target man to tie him up.

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