REPORT: UEFA Champions League Last-16 (Wednesday, 24 Feb 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

Manchester City proved on Wednesday night that they remain one of Europe’s forces to win this year’s champions league.

The visitors 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 Dynamo Kiev.

Compared to Sunday’s FA Cup against Chelsea where Manuel Pellegrini fielded a week side, this time he fielded his strongest possible starting line-up, with the recalled Sergio Aguero requiring just 15 minutes to open the scoring.

A vibrant and all-action pressing display saw Manchester City add a second goal from David Silva and then 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.

Elsewhere, Goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet put in a fine performance to help 10-man PSV to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 encounter versus Atletico Madrid at the Philips Stadion on Wednesday.

The Netherlands international made a superb save to deny Antoine Griezmann in the opening 45 minutes, while he also proved to be too much of an obstacle for Koke.

Diego Godin did beat the PSV shot-stopper with a header from a corner after the break, but his effort was deservedly cancelled out for a foul on Hector Moreno.

As a result, the tie remains finely balanced ahead of the return leg at the Vicente Calderon on March 15.

Wednesday 24/02/2016

Full-time scores:

Dynamo Kyiv 1-3 Manchester City

PSV 0-0 Atletico Madrid

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