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Even Scott Carson gets a game as Pep Guardiola’s side coast in the CL quarter

SCOTT CARSON made his first Champions League appearance in 17 years and ensured Manchester City avoided defeat.

The 36-year-old veteran came on in the 72nd minute to give Ederson a breather and was only used for the second time in this dead game for the club.

Gabriel Jesus was disallowed a goal as Man City held Sporting Lisbon to a goalless draw in that dead rubber

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Gabriel Jesus was disallowed a goal as Man City held Sporting Lisbon to a goalless draw in that dead rubberPhoto credit: Reuters
Scott Carson was even brought on from the bench to make his Champions League debut for Man City

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Scott Carson was even brought on from the bench to make his Champions League debut for Man CityCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

But just three minutes after entering the field, he brought the fans to life with a great save.

Paulinho was put through cleanly but Carson pushed his way and blocked his shot, colliding the two players in the process.

The fans around the stadium cheered him on his first appearance Champions League expired since helping Liverpool to a 2-1 home quarter-final win over Juventus in April 2005.

It was also a crucial victory as Rafa Benitez’s side advanced to the final, which they won in the Miracle of Istanbul against AC Milan on penalties.

It was something Carson watched from the bench that night with Jerzy Dudek, the hero, between the sticks.

It was the culmination of an otherwise boring night at the Etihad.

Only their second goalless draw here in four years after that against Southampton earlier this season.

Manchester City into another quarterfinal with ease.

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You get used to that here. It’s the sixth time in seven seasons they’ve reached this stage, reaching two semifinals and the one final last season.

It wasn’t long ago that this was the stuff of dreams. Now that is to be expected.

A club that has invested so much on and off the pitch is increasingly being expected to finally lift club football’s greatest prize.

City are favorites for a reason but have self-destructed before when the odds are right.

Not least when pep Guardiola surpassed themselves in the last final and Chelsea won 1-0 and lifted the trophy for the second time.

Reaching the last eight last night was certainly not a problem – that was signed and sealed by half-time in Lisbon.

Four goals in that early period, one each from Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez, and a brace from Bernardo Silva settled that.

Raheem Sterling added another in the second half to complete the 5-0 lead.

It was one of the most destructive and one-sided displays the competition has seen in the knockout stages, against the Portuguese champions.

Carson was called out after the death but kept City's clean sheet intact

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Carson was called out after the death but kept City’s clean sheet intactCredit: EPA

So this was just a walk in the park with the only still edgy Pep Guardiola that he always is.

Phil Foden would have the best shot of the opening period, stretching to unleash a powerful drive that Antonio Adan was able to chip away well.

There was also a huge chance for the recalled Raheem Sterling after a great streak from Foden fielded him.

He was one on one with the keeper at an angle and went for the chip but he didn’t lift it high enough to get over Adan.

On the other hand, Islam Silmani was lucky to stay on the pitch as he vaulted after a high ball with John Stones but threw an elbow in City defender John Stones’ face.

It looked bad, but the referee only showed yellow.

In the second half, Gabriel Jesus had the ball in the net but was ruled offside.

So Carson would get the headlines to be won.

The four-time England international once received a secret Christmas present from his City team-mates on a tour of The Etihad, having never seen it even as a reserve goalkeeper.

At least last night he had his moment at the stadium.

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