BBC Sport - Manchester City: Very important to win group - Manuel Pellegrini

Important to win group - Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says it is "very important" to win Group D after they secured a place in the Champions League last 16 by beating rivals Sevilla 3-1 with a blistering attacking display.

Raheem Sterling struck from a tight angle after eight minutes - and Fernandinho's header doubled City's lead just 170 seconds later.

Sevilla hit back through Benoit Tremoulinas' free header, but Wilfried Bony swept in for a 3-1 half-time lead.

Victory for the Premier League leaders, coupled with Juventus's 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach in the group's other game, means they have reached the last 16 quicker than in any of their previous four campaigns.