Manchester City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League last 16 clash on Wednesday night. The visitors put in an impressive performance and showed why they spend the money they do as moments of individual brilliance proved to be the difference between the two teams. After a bright start by the home team, it was the away side that took the lead.
Joe Hart was called into action as early as the fourth minute, but had very little to do after turning over Andriy Yarmalenko’s goalbound volley. The Citizens were afforded plenty of time on the ball and it was pleasing to see how well they used their possession, more specifically in the final third where great combination play made it difficult to distinguish between the midfielders and the forwards. In the 15th minute, Sergio Aguero slotted the visitors ahead with a clinical, yet composed finish after Yaya Toure had set him up following a David Silva corner.
Seven minutes later, the Argentine hitman came close to adding a second but shot agonizingly wide as more combination play carved open the Kiev defence. The striker would be afforded yet another opportunity in the 42nd minute but failed to find the finish he desired. Moments earlier, Silva had managed to add a second for City from close range after good combination play from Aguero and Raheem Sterling set him up.
Despite the statistics indicating that Kiev had more possession, City dominated with shots on target, scoring two out of the five efforts, handing them a commanding 2-0 first half lead. It was a much improved second half performance from the home team and they looked much better in possession. After coming close through Yarmalenko in the 51st minute, the Blue-Whites finally managed to introduce an edge of doubt to the match when Buyalski pulled one back in the 59th minute.
The midfielder latched onto a poor clearance from Nicolas Otamendi before unleashing a shot that was guided into the net by a deflection. Both Miguel Veloso and Buyalski had the opportunity to add a second but lacked quality in front of goal. In the end, it was quality that sealed the match as Yaya Toure curled in a magnificent third from outside the box to settle the match in the 89th minute.
The goal puts the Citizens in a commanding position as they prepare to host Kiev at the Etihad in the second leg.
Dynamo Kiev: Shovkovskiy, da Silva, Khacheridi, Dragovic, Vida, Garmash, Rybalka, Buyalski, Yarmolenko, Teodorczyk, Gonzales. Subs: Miguel Veloso, Petrovic, Ribeiro Moraes Junior, Korzun, Gusev, Makarenko, Rudko.
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Aguero.Subs: Zabaleta, Kolarov, Caballero, Mangala, Demichilis, Iheanacho, Garcia Alonso.