For an incredibly competitive and dynamic sport such as football, building up any kind of streak is nothing short of incredible. That was the case for Manchester City, as they kept an unbroken streak on their home turf at the Etihad Stadium. To put things into perspective, the last time they lost in their home stadium was all the way back on December third of 2016. Since then they have gone on to win a grand total of 29 games, while also achieving seven draws. With such an incredible streak, the pressure was on for Manchester City to dominate Basel, and it seemed that way early on.
A sudden turn of events
Manchester City looked to be playing at peak performance, taking the lead after only eight minutes of play against Basel. It was at this time when the stadium-goers probably thought that the match would end in favour of the Citizens, just another win or perhaps even a draw in the belt with the streak remaining unbroken. In a turn of events that seemed like something one would expect from The 2018 Grand National – where most bettors learn to expect the unexpected – the playing field was suddenly levelled just 10 minutes after the first goal was scored. It just goes to show that when it comes to sports, it can be very difficult to predict the outcome of any match no matter how unlikely.
Taking the match
After the goal was scored by Basel courtesy of Mohamed Elyounoussi, it was an intense stalemate until the second half of the game. At this point, where any goal scored would have meant victory for either team, Michael Lang was able to close the show by scoring a goal against Manchester City, and though they tried they weren’t able to recover. This led to quite the memorable win for Basel, and a shocking loss for Manchester City.
The end result
While this still leaves Manchester City with a healthy 5-2 record and aggregate win, the fact that they had lost after going through dozens of games in their home stadium without a single loss can’t be underestimated. Losing is one thing but losing in front of their fans in their home stadium – fans who have grown accustomed to victory after victory, is another story entirely.
Nevertheless, while this marks the end of a fantastic streak for Manchester City, that’s exactly what it was and always will be – a fantastic streak that will no doubt stand the test of time. While they certainly must be beating themselves up over the result, it’s still an incredible feat and one that every single player involved deserves to be proud of. The fact that such a shocking turn of events could happen just goes to show how dynamic the sport of football truly is.