- City to UCL quarters for 1st time in history
- Kompany, Otamendi both injured
Manuel Pellegrini has taken Manchester City to a place they have never been before: The Champions League quarterfinals.
Holding a 3-1 lead after the first leg, City got the job done at the Etihad on Tuesday, settling for a scoreless draw against Dynamo Kiev to advance on aggregate.
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Things got off to a rough start for City as captain and center-back Vincent Kompany was forced off with an injury just six minutes in. It looked to be an issue with the same calf that has bothered him all season long, and it seems likely he will miss this weekend’s Manchester derby.
It got even worse for City in the 23rd minute when Nicolas Otamendi also went down, forcing Manuel Pellegrini to substitute both of his starting center-backs within the opening half hour.
Other than the two injuries, it was a relatively uneventful first half with neither side creating much going forward. City was quiet on the attack, protecting their 3-1 aggregate lead while playing with a makeshift backline.
City nearly opened the scoring just after the hour mark, but Jesus Navas saw his shot rattle off the post as the match remained scoreless.
In need of a miraculous finish, Dynamo couldn’t muster much possession in the final third, never threatening City’s lead as the Ukrainian champions bow out of the Champions League.