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  1. Man City qualify for knockout stages
  2. City through as runners-up to Bayern
  3. Zabaleta converts Nasri assist for second
  4. Long-range Nasri strike fires City in front

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By Jonathan Jurejko

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Thumbs up to City for their performance tonight - and thumbs up to this man. Two more English sides move into the next stage of European competition after Manchester City survive a tense night in Rome, with a huge debt of gratitude to Joe Hart.

And tomorrow there is more continental fun for a pair of Premier League sides. Everton and Tottenham are in Europa League action, safe in the knowledge that they will still be playing in the competition in the New Year.

City and Hart are glad they're not playing in the Europa League next year. See you tomorrow!

Roma 0-2 Man City

When Yaya Toure trudged off the pitch as City tumbled to defeat against CSKA Moscow last month, he would have been forgiven for thinking he would not play in the Champions League again this season.

But successive wins against Bayern Munich and Roma means Toure will get the opportunity. He returns from his ban for the second leg of City's last-16 tie.

Happy dressing room

Roma 0-2 Man City

Fernandinho and City staff celebrate

Man City midfielder Fernandinho

tweets: Yeah, we did it...well done guys!!! Congrats to everyone!!! Very happy with my bros @Fernando_Reges and #massimo.

I'm presuming 'Massimo' is a member of City's backroom staff...

"Thursday night, Europa League"

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Champions League last-16 draw

So that means....

Manchester City could face: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Porto.

Chelsea could face: Juventus, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Paris St-Germain, Shakthar Donetsk.

Arsenal could face: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Monaco, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Porto.

The draw takes place on Monday and we will have live coverage on Sportsday. Do. Not. Miss.

Champions League last-16 draw

Group runners-up



Bayer Leverkusen


Manchester City

Paris St-Germain


Shakthar Donetsk

Champions League last-16 draw

Group winners

Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid


Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich




Champions League last-16 draw

Time to take a deep breath, reflect and spell out what the final group standings mean for Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of Monday's draw.

The eight group winners are the seeded sides, and will be drawn against the eight runners-up.

But, remember, teams who played each other in the group stage cannot be drawn together in the last 16. For example, Group E runners-up City can't face Bayern Munich.

And teams who play in the same country cannot be drawn together either. So Group D runners-up Arsenal could not face Group G winners Chelsea in the next round.

Roma 0-2 Man City

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Henry Winter on City's prospects in the last 16: "When they've got players back and fit, they're going to be quite a threat.

"There's some fantastic places City could go in that last 16 when you look down the sides who've made it through.

"Dortmund isn't the most architecturally pleasing place, but what an atmosphere their fans create in that ground."

Roma 0-2 Man City

Kevin Kilbane

BBC Radio 5 live

"Remember Liverpool scraped through that match against Olympiakos ten years ago. I saw signs of Manchester City coming of age tonight.

"They have come away from home and weathered a storm a little bit, and they were able to grind out a result. It's not necessarily your best football that gets you through in these games."

Roma 0-2 Man City

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Daily Telegraph chief football reporter Henry Winter on Joe Hart's performance: "That's the best performance from an English goalkeeper I've seen here since David Seaman for England in 1997.

"He was terrific and made saves at key moments in both halves. He'll get praise alongside the likes of Zabaleta and Milner, who was tireless.

"But, the man who will come out of this the best will be Manuel Pellegrini.

"I hope he goes off and has a nice bottle of red to celebrate."

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Sam in Manchester: Superb performance by City. Showed maturity that was lacking under Mancini. Proves we aren't just a one man team, no Kompany, Aguero, Yaya and most of the time no Silva. Hart wearing the armband tonight was sensational. Stunning saves!

Barcelona 3-1 Paris St-Germain

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The other big question of the night was...could Paris St-Germain nick a draw at Barcelona and stop the Spanish giants progressing as Group F winners?

Manchester City were hoping the French champions could, as it would have meant the English champions would not be able to face Barca in the last-16. And for a while it looked as though PSG could pip them.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the away side ahead, before Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez

turned the match in Barca's favour.

Chelsea give Sporting the Blues

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

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While City took the long, rocky road to last-16 qualification, there were no such worries for Chelsea.

The Premier League leaders, and particularly their boss Jose Mourinho, are old hands at this Champions League lark. Their passage through to knockout phase was a more comfortable journey, knowing they had already won Group G before tonight's match against Sporting Lisbon.

But there was no mercy from Mourinho on his Portuguese compatriots

as the Blues won 3-1 to end Sporting's hopes of joining them in the next stage.

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Tom Castle: City have put in only 120 minutes of good football, but it's proved enough. It appears they've learned how to win in Europe.

Rosie Parker: Well played City. Pellegrini got it tactically spot on, proved some doubters wrong tonight.

Mitch Mansfield: A mention for Shakhtar Donetsk - through to knockout stages for 3rd time in 5 years despite extraordinary domestic troubles.

Manager reaction

Roma 0-2 Man City

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini on Monday's Champions League last-16 draw: "We will start thinking about the Champions League again in February. Now we think about the Premier League. We are three points behind Chelsea."

On City's recent form, which has seen them win six straight matches: "Trust has been key. Against Rome in Manchester we played the worst game of the season and we drew. We were sure playing the way we have played in recent weeks we must win."

Manager reaction

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We recovered our normal performance, playing good pressing and playing well with the ball. We are a solid team, we are recovering the ball in the correct way. I had a lot of trust in what we could do. I said I didn't want to talk about players not in the team. This team deserve a little more credit than the press always give us."

Roma 0-2 Man City

Joe Hart

French midfielder Samir Nasri might take most of the plaudits for opening the scoring and generally running the show from that point.

But one man who deserves equally as much credit is Joe Hart. The England keeper made several important saves - none more than the fingertips he got to push Roma defender Kostas Manolas's header on to the post.

And that is why City want to

make him the world's best-paid goalkeeper...

Roma 0-2 Man City

Danny Mills

Former Manchester City defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"City started a little bit nervously, maybe they were a little scared of the occasion.

"But they weathered that early storm and once City scored it was all over. Roma never looked like scoring."

Roma 0-2 Man City

Kevin Kilbane

BBC Radio 5 live

"Barcelona and Real Madrid are the teams to avoid in the next round. If they can avoid one of those big teams, City will fancy their chances against most other sides in that half of the draw."

Roma 0-2 Man City

For the second successive season, City have reached the knockout phase of the Champions League. But the downside, if there is a downside, is that finishing as runners-up means they will face one of the European big guns in the last 16.

Barcelona or Real Madrid are the ones to avoid. But Porto or Monaco? I think City would fancy their chances against either of those sides...

Roma 0-2 Man City

And here is what Manchester City's win in Rome means for the Group E final standings. Savour this Blues...

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Player reaction

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Manchester City opening goalscorer Samir Nasri on Sky Sports: "I think the performance of the team was amazing. It was important for me to score, after the surgery I took a while to get to my full level, now I am. With Yaya Toure and Kun Aguero missing, It was important to show we were a team and we did it. At 1-0 the save Joe Hart made was amazing."

Player reaction

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Manchester City keeper Joe Hart on Sky Sports: "First of all I've got to say it was a great effort from the fans, Rome is a difficult place to come but Samir made their night for them.

"People wrote us off without our key players but we're a strong unit, we believed in what we could do.

"You don't win two Premier League titles in three years easily. We have resolve, character and fantastic players - add that together and you've got a chance."

Man City keeper Joe Hart

Roma 0-2 Man City

Manchester City are one of those clubs that never seem to do anything simply - and here is another example.

Two points from four defeats left them staring another Champions League exit in the face, but successive wins against Bayern Munich and Roma have seen them through. They're a plucky bunch.

Kevin Kilbane

BBC Radio 5 live

"It's not been perfect throughout the group stages but Manchester City put in a perfect away performance tonight. Samir Nasri's goal was a world-class finish and Joe Hart has made two outstanding saves. Pellegrini can be so proud of his team.

"It's arguably their best performance in Europe. They had to put in a big performance tonight and the big players stood up to be counted."

Roma 0-2 Man City

'Blue Moon' continues to echo around Rome's Olympic Stadium. There will be a few sore throats - and sore heads no doubt - among the 1,500 hardy souls who are jubilantly celebrating in the away end.


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City confidently knock around the ball. They know they are virtually home and dry.


Roma 0-2 Man City

City run down the clock as the match enters stoppage time. Not much more to add I'd suggest...

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini


Roma 0-2 Man City

Another change for City. Opening goalscorer Samir Nasri walks off to a rapturous applause from the travelling fans. The Frenchman is replaced by left-back Aleksander Kolarov.

City are almost there...

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After beating Bayern Munich and Roma, has Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini shown he can cut it in Europe? And after winning tonight without Sergio Aguero, have City shown they are more than a one-man team?

Roma 0-2 Man City

Plenty of glum expressions on the Roma bench as Pablo Zabaleta races off to the City fans, kissing his badge repeatedly as he celebrates.

Roma 0-2 Man City

Kevin Kilbane

BBC Radio 5 live

"This has been a brilliant performance from City. Zabaleta has not had the best of games but a great finish from him. The game is such fine margins. If City don't qualify is Pellegrini's job going to be on the line. Now they are going through."


Roma 0-2 Man City - Pablo Zabaleta

Goal in Rome - to Manchester City!

Now Roma need to score three goals in the final three minutes to stop the Premier League champions reaching the last 16.

Right-back Pablo Zableta pops up in the Roma box to fire in his first Champions League after collecting Samir Nasri's pass.

Pablo Zabaleta celebrates for Man City

Roma 0-1 Man City

Goal in Munich - to Bayern. CSKA losing 2-0 means City need to completely capitulate in Rome now...

Roma 0-1 Man City

Frustration all over the place for Roma. Ex-City right-back Maicon needlessly concedes a foul as he tussles with Stevan Jovetic deep in the Roma half. That'll do the visitors nicely...

Roma 0-1 Man City

The energy has been sapped out of the Stadio Olimpico by Samir Nasri's goal. City anthem 'Blue Moon' is ringing around the ground...

Roma 0-1 Man City

City boss Manuel Pellegrini, dare I say it, looks a little flustered as he frantically gestures to someone on the touchline. Even the coolest of customers are being affected by the tension...