One foot in quarter-finals for Superb City
Manchester City have put themselves in a commanding position after defeating FC Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League.
In a season where results have fluctuated, City delivered arguably one of their best performances- what’s more impressive is it was a victory away from home: a proven barrier to their success this season. The central-defensive partnership of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi appeared formidable; accomplished and assured- something that hasn’t been said very often this campaign about the two-time Premier League Champions.
Despite Dynamo Kyiv’s fairly positive start, it didn’t take long for Manchester City to stamp their authority in the first leg of this tie. They had chances and their first goal came on fourteen minutes where a David Silva Corner was floated in, headed down by Yaya Toure which was met by the alert-as-ever Sergio Aguero who scored to make it his sixteenth Champion’s League goal in seventeen starts.
Man City were seldom threatened in the first half but when they were, it was through Kyiv talisman Andriy Yarmilenko, who was instrumental in every attack.
City then found themselves two goals to the good after a slick move, where Sergio Aguero disguised a back-heel to Raheem Sterling, who then squared the ball to David Silva who prodded home from close range. 0–2 up, two away goals. City in the driving seat.
Kyiv though, began the second half like they did the first- positive and looking to put Man City on the back foot. Again it was Yarmolenko causing the problems, jinking inside and forcing a save from Joe Hart, before Bujalski’s strike deflected off Nicolas Otamendi past a hapless Hart to make it 1–2.
Although Kyiv scored one of their own, Manchester City never looked like succumbing to conceding an equaliser. They still looked strong, creating chances and showing the type of hunger they have lacked this season at times.
With only a few minutes to go, City re-established their two goal cushion with a goal worthy of winning any football match. Fernandinho and Toure linking well, before the Ivorian steered the ball into the far corner with his left foot from the edge of the box which quickly dismissed any murmurs of the English side resembling their usual uncertainty.
As if two away goals isn’t comforting enough for City going into the second-leg, they will take great pleasure from the fact Dynamo Kyiv have never won in England.
City can now focus on the League Cup tie on Sunday where they face Liverpool- knowing that they’ve given themselves a fantastic chance of proceeding further than ever before in the Champion’s League during Manuel Pellegrini’s final season of his three-year tenure.