Manchester City entered Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League contest the clear favorite, and proved to be as much in a decisive victory.
The English Premier League club defeated Dynamo Kiev, 3-1, at NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine. The road win puts Man City in a good position to progress to the tournament’s quarterfinals for the first time in club history.
In-form Argentine striker Sergio Aguero gave Man City the early lead, while David Silva added another before halftime. Vitaliy Buyalsky made the match interesting when he netted after the break. However, Yaya Toure scored the goal of the evening to seal the important road win, combining with Fernandinho before curling a beautiful strike past goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.
In a somewhat physical affair, where no yellow cards were shown, Raheem Sterling shined. The 21-year-old English international assisted once, and proved to be too much to handle on multiple occasions for the Kiev defense.
The Citizens will welcome the Ukrainian club to Etihad Stadium on March 15.
10-MAN PSV FENDS OFF ATLETICO MADRID AT HOME
PSV Eindhoven saw one of its own sent off on Wednesday, but maintained composure to secure a scoreless draw in the first leg of its series against Atletico Madrid.
Gaston Pereiro was shown a red card with 22 minutes left to play at the Philips Stadion, but the Spanish La Liga side could not find the back of the net despite controlling possession.
Atletico outshot the Dutch side, 12-5, and PSV didn’t prove to be too much of a threat for Diego Simeone’s side. PSV only forced goalkeeper Jan Oblak into making one save on the evening.
One of the visitors’ best chances to score a crucial away goal came from Antoine Griezmann in the first half, but it was saved by goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.
Atletico will host PSV in the second leg of the series on March 15.
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