The Portuguese connection of Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva combined for almost identical goals as Manchester City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 at Budapest on Wednesday to close in on a fourth straight appearance in the Champions League quarterfinals.

A 19th straight win for the Premier League leaders never looked in doubt in the last-16 first leg from the moment Cancelo, City’s playmaker at full back, pounced on a loose pass and swung in a cross from the left that the diminutive Silva headed in at the far post in the 29th minute.

The same combination struck again in the 65th, Cancelo sending over a similar-looking cross this time to the byline, where Silva nodded the ball across goal for Gabriel Jesus to prod into the net from inside the six-yard box.

It was another dominant display by Pep Guardiola’s side, which is unbeaten in all competitions in more than three months and…

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