Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It Happened in Europe: City hammers Kiev in Ukraine

Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Manchester City
Manchester City punted the FA Cup by playing young kids in order to win this match and move on in the Champions League, so a win here would be a nice way to make that strategy seem proper. Sergio Aguero scored their first goal at the quarter hour thanks to some sloppy Kiev defending. They looked like a team that had had two months off playing agaisnt one of the best clubs in Europe. This goal came shockingly against the run of play. Kiev were on the front foot at the time, and for a great deal thereafter, but that's not to diminish the fact that Manchester City were the superior team. David Silva snagged their second in the 40th minute at the end of some superb passing.

Kiev came out with a little more urgency in the second half. At the very least, they showed the desire that simply wasn't there in the first. Because of this they were able to get on the board in the 58th minute with a goal from Vitaliy Buyalsky. But Manchester City put any hope of a comeback to rest at the end of the batch. Yaya Toure finished from just above the penalty spot in the 90th minute to seal the deal.

I think it's safe to say the City have this wrapped up quite neatly. They will just have to avoid complete disaster in the home leg to advance to their first Champions League quarterfinal ever.

PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Eindhoven are one of the shock clubs in the round of 16, they would need a sizeable home win in order to move on against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. A pretty even first half produced no goals for either side. Atletico Madrid tried to ilk away in the service tasks, but their Dutch opposition was stout on defense and did not concede. Eindhoven will take the scoreless draw into the second leg. A win is still unlikely, but at least there's hope for them.

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