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Sporting starlet Rodrigo becomes first 16-year-old to play in Champions League knockout round

Baku, March 10, AZERTAC

Sporting CP starlet Rodrigo Ribeiro has made history as the youngest player in UEFA Champions League knockout history following his appearance against Manchester City in Wednesday's last-16 tie at the Etihad Stadium, according to Goal.

The Portuguese outfit were knocked out of Europe's top tier in the return fixture in England, but at least left with some dignity intact with after playing out a goalless draw with the Premier League champions following a 5-0 defeat in the first leg.

Aged 16 years and 315 days, Rodrigo has now become the youngest player to feature in the knockout stages of the Champions League, and the first to do so before turning 17.

He is not the youngest player to have participated in the competition, with Youssoufa Moukoko having made a group-stage debut for Dortmund in 2020 at 16 years and 18 days.

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