Champions League - Group E
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Roma 0-2 Manchester City

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Samir Nasri
Manchester City had never previously won a European match in Italy
  • Man City's first win in Italy
  • Premier League champions through to last 16
  • City into knockout stages for second season in a row
  • They had two points after four matches

Manchester City qualified for the Champions League last 16 for a second successive season as a win at Roma put them through alongside Group E winners Bayern Munich.

Samir Nasri scored from 25 yards after the break before Pablo Zabaleta fired in from close range.

Earlier Joe Hart tipped Gervinho's strike wide before touching Kostas Manolas's header onto the post.

Bayern beat CSKA Moscow 3-0 to confirm City's qualification.

It completed a remarkable turnaround for the Premier League champions, who looked to be heading out of the competition after failing to win any of their first four games.

However, a 3-2 home win over German champions Bayern, which included a Sergio Aguero hat-trick, kept alive their hopes of making the last 16 - and they took full advantage with a stunning display in Rome.

Who has qualified?
WinnersRunners-up
Group AAtletico MadridJuventus
Group BReal MadridBasel
Group CMonacoBayer Leverkusen
Group DBorussia DortmundArsenal
Group EBayern MunichManchester City
Group FBarcelonaPSG
Group GChelseaSchalke
Group HPortoShakhtar Donetsk
Who's in and who's out: The story of the group stages

City, who had to win a European match in Italy for the first time, were without skipper Vincent Kompany, who failed a late fitness test, the suspended Yaya Toure and injured top scorer Aguero.

They struggled early on with ex-Arsenal striker Gervinho's pace causing Zabaleta problems, and the Ivory Coast international was only denied an opener by Joe Hart's fingertip save.

The forward was looking a far more dynamic player to the one who frustrated Gunners fans so often as he raced beyond the visitors' defence numerous times.

City, though, were dangerous too, with Nasri enjoying plenty of the ball as both sides played attacking football while looking fragile defensively.

With Bayern leading at the break, Roma were on their way through with a goalless draw and City knew they had to score to stand a chance of making the last 16.

Group E
PlayedWonDrawnLostGDPoints
Bayern Munich6501+1215
Manchester City622218
Roma6123-65
CSKA Moscow6123-75

And they did just that through Nasri's unstoppable strike on 60 minutes which went in via the near post.

The inevitable Roma pressure followed but, thanks to Hart's brilliant save from Manolas's header and Martin Demichelis's goal-line clearance, City soaked up the pressure before Zabaleta doubled the lead with his first Champions League goal.

Nasri put the Argentine through to slide home from an angle to send the 1500 away fans wild and secure City's place in the draw for the last 16 on Monday.

Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri made his 50th Champions League appearance and scored his 50th club goal
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti has made more than 500 appearances for Roma
Gervinho
Roma forward Gervinho played for Arsenal between 2011 and 2013
Pablo Zabaleta
Pablo Zabaleta scored his first Champions League goal
Manchester City
Manchester City have won their last six matches in all competitions

Line-ups

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 13SisenandoSubstituted forFlorenziat 79'minutes
  • 44Manolas
  • 2Yanga-MbiwaBooked at 43mins
  • 25Holebas
  • 15Pjanic
  • 20Keita
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 8LjajicSubstituted forIturbeat 67'minutes
  • 10TottiSubstituted forDestroat 70'minutes
  • 27Kouassi

Substitutes

  • 6Strootman
  • 7Iturbe
  • 12Curci
  • 16De Rossi
  • 22Destro
  • 23Astori
  • 24Florenzi

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 15NavasSubstituted forSilvaat 67'minutes
  • 6Reges
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 7Milner
  • 8NasriBooked at 74minsSubstituted forKolarovat 89'minutes
  • 10DzekoBooked at 43minsSubstituted forJoveticat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 21Silva
  • 35Jovetic
  • 38Boyata
Referee:
Milorad Mazic
Attendance:
54,119

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 0, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 0, Manchester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

  4. Post update

    Fernando (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kostas Manolas.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gervinho (Roma).

  7. Post update

    Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kostas Manolas (Roma).

  9. Post update

    Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Samir Nasri.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Roma 0, Manchester City 2. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Iturbe (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gervinho.

  13. Post update

    Kostas Manolas (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma).

  16. Post update

    Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Maicon.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Roma. José Holebas tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces Edin Dzeko.

  20. Post update

    Juan Iturbe (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid64111431113
2Juventus631274310
3Olympiakos63031013-39
4Malmö FF6105415-113

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17
3Liverpool612359-45
4Ludogorets6114514-94

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco632141311
2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27
4Benfica612326-45

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund64111441013
2Arsenal6411158713
3Anderlecht6132810-26
4Galatasaray6015419-151

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
3Roma6123814-65
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona65011551015
2PSG6411107313
3Ajax6123810-25
4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64201731414
2Schalke6222914-58
3Sporting6213121207
4NK Maribor6033413-93

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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