Manchester City produced one of their best displays of the season as they took a significant step towards reaching the last eight of the Champions League for the first time with a 3-1 victory at Dyanmo Kiev. The away team overcame a nervy start to put in a vibrant, all-action pressing display that saw them take a firm grip of this last-16 tie courtesy of first-half strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva and a last-minute effort from Yaya Toure.
Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back for a much-improved Kiev after the break but Toure’s sensational curling effort was the perfect way to get City’s season back on track after a run of three straight defeats.
Manuel Pellegrini came in for much criticism for fielding a team of youngsters in the weekend FA Cup clash at Chelsea, but the Chilean will feel this result justifies his decision to prioritise a competition where his team have flattered to deceive for too long.
City have seen their Premier League challenge falter and their bid for the quadruple go up in smoke since the announcement that Pep Guardiola will replace Pellegrini in the summer, but they look to have rediscovered their fight and drive at just the right time. The result puts them in control of the tie ahead of the return leg in Manchester on March 15 and is the perfect boost going into Sunday’s League Cup final with Liverpool.