Manchester City travelled to Sevilla knowing that the right set of results could secure them qualification for the Champions League last 16 tonight. They could not have wished for a better start!
Raheem Sterling gave the Premier League leaders an eight-minute lead following a through ball from Fernandinho, who put City in dreamland three minutes later with this smartly-taken header.
Manuel Pellegrini’s tactics have previously been blamed for City’s European struggles – as ESPN reports – but he got it spot on early doors at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan fortress.
The Chilean went with a three-man midfield – Fernando sitting and Yaya Toure and Fernandinho in front of him – allowing the goalscorer the freedom to get forward which he did to great affect.
City’s flying start nearly got even better when ex-Sevilla winger Jesus Navas hit the post, but they were brought back down to earth slightly when Benoit Tremoulinas finished a fine team move to make it 2-1.
Victory for the Citizens would send them through if there is not a winner between Juventus and Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. But there may be plenty of twists left in this evening’s Group D action!
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