Manchester City progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in their history after playing to a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
- Man City 0 Dynamo Kiev 0
- Citizens lose Kompany to injury
- Otamendi also withdrawn due to injury
- City progress with 3-1 aggregate win
- Citizens reach CL quarter-finals for first time
The first half was a dreary affair, devoid of any noteworthy action, although the Citizens will be bitterly disappointed to have lost both Vincent Kompany and Nicolás Otamendi to injury inside the opening half hour.
Apart from Jesus Navas’ second-half strike hitting the post, the hosts never really looked like scoring as they limped over the finishing line to seal their place in the draw for the quarter-finals.
The first half was a drab affair, devoid of any noteworthy action at either end of the pitch.
The hosts were clearly unsettled by the early withdrawal of skipper Kompany, who lasted just five minutes before pulling up with an injury.
Eliaquim Mangala was brought on to replace the injured Belgian, and City’s injury problems were compounded in the 27th minute when Otamendi was subbed off after failing to recover from an earlier collision with Vitaliy Buyalskiy.
Martin Demichelis subsequently entered the fray in place of Otamendi, but despite losing both of their first-choice centre-backs, the Citizens were rarely troubled in the remainder of the first half.
The first chance of note eventually arrived on the half-hour mark when Polish forward Lukasz Teodorczyk shrugged clear of his marker, before firing a tame effort into the grateful arms of City keeper Joe Hart.
The hosts hit back with an effort of their own six minutes later, but Sergio Aguero couldn’t strike the ball cleanly, slicing his effort wide of the right-hand post from 25 yards out.
And that was the last goalmouth action of note, as a drab first-half ended without incident.
0 – There hasn’t been a single shot on target in the opening hour of the Manchester City v Dynamo Kyiv match. Snore.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 15, 2016
Unfortunately the there was no tangible improvement after the half-time break as the second half started at a muted pace.
However, the match eventually sprang to life on the hour mark when Yaya Toure fired over the crossbar direct from a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Just moments later, the Citizens again threatened to break the deadlock as Aguero dragged a shot wide of the mark following some neat interplay involving Toure and David Silva. And Manuel Pellegrini’s men were left ruing their luck after Jesus Navas struck the post following a well weighted through pass from Toure.
Kiev’s Andriy Yarmolenko almost caught out the hosts just one minute later, but Hart was alert to the danger and collected the goal-bound effort with minimum fuss.
Following a brief lull in play, City again went close to claiming the lead on 72 minutes as Toure side-footed straight at veteran keeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy. T
he visitors had two more chances to setup a tense finish to the second-leg encounter, but Hart was alert to the danger on both occasions, first denying Vitaliy Buyalskyi’s powerful effort, before keeping out Olexandr Yakovenko’s goal-bound shot at the death.