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Published: 21:54 | 15/3/16

City progress after Kiev draw

First time in Champions League last eight

Manchester City eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history after a goalless draw secured a 3-1 aggregate victory over Dynamo Kiev in their round of 16 second leg clash at the Etihad Stadium.

It won't go down in the annals as one of the great nights of European football that either club have been involved in but, for City at least, the result was far more important than the performance and they will enter unchartered Champions League territory as they take their place in the last eight draw on Friday morning.

Manuel Pellegrini's side enjoyed the cushion of a 3-1 lead from the first leg in the Ukraine a fortnight ago, but they were dealt a major blow when captain Vincent Kompany was forced off after just six minutes with what looked like a recurrence of the calf injury that has plagued him all season.

The early loss of Kompany, who was replaced by Eliaquim Mangala, seemed to unsettle the home side and they looked decidedly nervous at the back every time Kiev came forward but, despite a number of threatening balls into the City penalty area, they were unable to test Joe Hart.

The home side suffered another injury setback midway through the opening period when Nicolas Otamendi hobbled off, with Martin Demichelis coming on.

Kiev continued to press and Hart was forced off his line to punch a Denys Garmash flick header clear with Lukasz Theodorczyk looming.

City spurned a decent chance to put the tie to bed just before the break when Jesus Navas broke from inside his own half. Sergio Aguero was unmarked in a good position inside the Kiev box, but the Spaniard's final pass was poor and the ball rolled out for a goal-kick.

It was a rare City attack in a disjointed first-half performance and Pellegrini will have been thankful for Yaya Toure's late first leg goal for giving them a much-needed advantage.

City failed to get a single effort on target in the opening 45 minutes. However, they were much improved after the restart and could have been ahead just before the hour mark when, after good work from Toure, Navas fired against the base of the post.

Toure then shot straight at goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy from the edge of the penalty area before Navas found Aguero with a sweeping cross-field pass but, despite some fancy footwork which saw the Argentinian leave two defenders in his wake, his attempted through ball for David Silva was slightly overcooked and Shovkovskiy was able to collect.

Hart saved from Vitaliy Buyalsky late on in a rare Kiev attack but, after a shaky start, City were comfortably through the the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

In the other game played this evening, Atletico Madrid eventually triumphed 8-7 on penalties over PSV Eindhoven after 120 goalless minutes at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Eindhoven, the sides still couln't be separated after 120 thrilling minutes in the Spanish capital in which both sides had good chances to break the deadlock.

It came down to a penalty shoot-out and, after both sides had scored their first seven spot-kicks, the unfortunate Luciano Narsingh saw his effort come back off the crossbar.

Juanfran stepped up and showed nerves of steel to find the net and send Diego Simeone's side into the last eight.


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