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Sane reacts to tremendous free kick equalizer (video)

Leroy Sane

Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane scores his side’s second goal during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)


The stage didn’t bother Leroy Sane.

Manchester City’s super sub scored a remarkable free kick goal to level the first leg between 10-man Man City and Schalke at Veltins-Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League.

[ RECAP: Schalke 2-3 Man City ]

Sane credited his team’s character and said his goal means a ton to him... even if it came at the expense of his former club. From the BBC:

“It means a lot. I was a little bit sad for Schalke, because the atmosphere was amazing like it always is. Schalke did really well, the way they defended made it difficult. ... You can see the will is a lot, we never give up, we always want to keep fighting.”

Raheem Sterling later scored as City earned a 3-2 score line heading back to Manchester.

City trailed 2-1 on a pair of Nabil Bentaleb penalty kicks with a half to play, then lost Nicolas Otamendi to a second yellow card in the 68th.

But Sane did this, and... wow.

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