Manchester City Qualify For Champions League Knockouts

Manchester City progressed to the Uefa Champions League knockout stage after a 2-0 victory against Roma at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.  Going into the match the scenario was a virtual winner-takes-all contest.  As a relative insurance policy, a draw would have seen City progress at the expense of the Romans.

The first half was a relatively dull affair with the odd chance for either side.  The Giallorossi and their guests were level at the break 0-0.  The first 15 minutes of the second period followed suit until the deadlock was broken.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were on their way to the knockout stage in the 60th minute when Samir Nasri fired his side in front.  The Frenchman was left alone on the edge of the area at the near side and unleashed a rocket that ricocheted off the near post and into the net as Morgan De Sanctis dived full-length in vain.

Kostas Manolas leapt above the Citizens’ defence as Rudi Garcia’s men searched for an equaliser, but his header came off the post some two minutes after Nasri’s opener.  It was all over when Pablo Zabaleta made it two with four minutes to play.

Nasri found himself in the box and in a good position to score but instead chose to lay it off to the Argentine who gladly slotted past De Sanctis.  City progress to the Last 16 while the Romans will try their luck in the Europa League.