On a chilly night in Kiev, Manchester City looked to finally make history and win their first Champions League knockout fixture against Dynamo.
Pellegrini’s side, heavily criticized for its poor form as of late, had already qualified for the knockout round in the past two years but failed on both occasions failed to beat European heavyweights Barcelona. However, City enjoyed a perfect start to the match with Sergio Aguero’s 15th minute goal off of a sloppy corner before David Silva doubled their lead 5 minutes from the half, connecting with Sterling’s pass at the back post.
However, the second half was much tighter and Dynamo looked ready to crash Manchester City’s party when Vitaliy Buyalskyy’s 59th minute strike deflected off of Otamendi to cut the English side’s lead in half and increase the intensity on the night.
But in the final moments of the match, Yaya Toure combined with Fernandinho, who laid the ball off at the edge of the box for the Ivorian to bend in a lovely far-post goal out of the reach of Dynamo keeper Shovkovskiy.
With a two-goal advantage and three away goals, Manchester City will return to the Etihad with their Champions League quarterfinal spot essentially booked.
Meanwhile, Spanish favorites Atletico Madrid were held in a goal-less draw on the night during their visit to Dutch rivals PSV.
Simeone’s side looked positioned to bring a positive result back to the Calderon and were clearly superior, more than doubling their opponent’s shot count (12 to 5). However, the Colchoneros were unable to break the Dutch side despite being a man up after Pereiro was sent off in the 68th minute. With nothing to show for tonight’s match, Atletico will expect better luck in front of goal on the return leg in Madrid.
UCL first leg results: PSG 2-1 Chelsea, Roma 0-2 Madrid, Benfica 1-0 Zenit, KAA Gent 2-3 Wolfsburg, Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona, Juventus 2-2 Bayern, Dynamo Kiev 1-3 Manchester City, PSV 0-0 Atletico