Man City Through To Quarters

Manchester City booked their first Uefa Champions League quarter-final in the club’s history after a 0-0 draw against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.  City has been a dominant team in the English Premier League in recent years, having won the title twice in four years but they have failed to transform that form to Europe.  But Manuel Pellegrini has managed to change that thanks to a 3-1 victory in Kiev a fortnight ago that put them in prime position to progress.

Citizens skipper Vincent Kompany suffered a suspected muscle injury in the early stages of the game and Eliaquim Mangala was bought in to replace him.  The home side really struggled to match the visitors as they were keeping possession but not creating goalscoring opportunities.  Pellegrini was forced to lose his second centre-back with Martin Demichelis came in for the injured Nicolas Otamendi.

The big chance fell for David Silva after Fernadinho picked him nice with a good ball but Oleksandr Shovkovskiy was too quick to collect the ball.

Sergio Aguero went close after great combination play with Yaya Toure.  Jesus Navas had his opportunity too but the woodwork came to the rescue as City pushed for the opener.  Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko was denied by Joe Hart as Kiev were looking to set alive.  

Oleksandr Shovkovskiy used his experience late in the game as he snuffed out Toure’s side foot strike.  Vitaliy Buyalskiy threatened late in the game but perfect positioning by Hart denied the eastern European outfit a goal.  In the end, City achieved the milestone result they desired while Sergei Rebrov’s troops are dumped out of the tournament.