City on course for their first Champions League quarter finals
Goals from Aguero, Silva and Toure sealed the win.
KIEV, UKRAINE- Manchester City are in an excellent position to qualify for their first UEFA Champions League quarter final after a 3-1 away win at Dynamo Kiev.
First half goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva set the Citizens on their way to recording a huge win in Ukraine, a victory that leaves Dynamo with a huge task of having to not only win but score three goals at the Ethiad Stadium in the second leg.
After failing to impress in European competitions in recent years, the squad that cost over £200 million to assemble has finally started to perform. City came through a tough group to draw a tough Dynamo Kiev side who had given Chelsea problems in the group stages.
But the Ukrainian side hadn’t played competitively for over two months and struggled to find their rhythm in the opening half and City took advantage. Yaya Toure’s knockdown from Silva’s corner was turned in by Aguero to give the Premier League side the lead on the 15 minute mark.
City doubled there lead five minutes before the break through Silva who converted Raheem Sterling’s pass from close range. Aguero came close to making it three only minutes later but his shot went wide of the post.
The onus was on Kiev to try rescue something from the game and give themselves a chance in the second leg. The Ukrainian’s responded in kind by halving City’s lead on the hour mark. Vitaliy Buyalskyy’s deflected effort from the edge of the area left Joe Hart stranded to make it 2-1 on the night to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
What in most cases would be a change in momentum, the Premier League side managed to regain control of the game and came close on a few more occasions to adding a third goal. They finally got their reward in the 90th minute with Toure’s strike from the edge of the area capping off an impressive win.
What could have been a potentially tricky tie for City now looks done and dusted after the first leg. An impressive away showing from the Citizens has all but booked their place in the quarter finals for the first time.
In the night’s other game 10 man PSV Eindhoven held on to a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side controlled most of the game but could not find a breakthrough. It leave the tie firmly poised heading into the second leg.
The Champions League returns in two weeks time.
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