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Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Fernandinho scores for Manchester City
Fernandinho scored his third goal of the season for City at Sevilla

Manchester City secured a place in the Champions League last 16 by tearing apart Group D rivals Sevilla 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.

City cruised through the second half to progress with two games to spare.

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.

Sevilla could still finish level on points with City, but the Blues would progress because their two wins over the Spanish side gives them a superior head-to-head record.

Champion form from City

City have struggled in the Champions League over the past four seasons, twice failing to escape the group stage under Roberto Mancini and losing in the last 16 in each of Manuel Pellegrini's two campaigns.

But their victory in Spain maintained the Chilean's flawless record of reaching the knockout phase while managing City.

Pellegrini's side were rampant in a remarkable first half, cutting apart their hosts almost at will.

Sterling finished coolly after he was picked out by Fernandinho's accurate through ball, before the Brazilian headed into an empty net after pouncing on a rebound.

And, after Sevilla gave themselves a lifeline when an unmarked Tremoulinas was picked out at the far post by Coke, Bony swept in Jesus Navas's low cross from the right to restore the two-goal advantage.

Europa League winners Sevilla barely threatened after the break, with Yaya Toure, Bony and Sterling all going close to adding more away goals.

City have been beaten by Barcelona in the last 16 in the past two seasons, but they are now in a strong position to finish as Group D winners, which they will hope will give them a more favourable tie.

Manuel Pellegrini
Pellegrini's side qualified for the last 16 after five games in 2013-14 and defeated Roma in their final group game to qualify last season

Sevilla caught out by City's fast start

City have developed a reputation in recent weeks for pinching dramatic winners, but this victory was based on a lightning start rather than a scrambling finish.

The Blues needed late goals to beat Monchengladbach and Sevilla in their previous two Champions League matches, and to see off Premier League rivals Norwich at the weekend.

Pellegrini sprang a surprise by dropping £55m summer signing Kevin de Bruyne, arguably City's star performer in recent weeks, to the bench.

That may have hinted at a more pragmatic approach, but the Chilean's tactics were far from cautious.

Sevilla had not lost in their previous 10 European home games but had no answer to the pace of Sterling and Navas down the flanks, nor to the power and drive of Fernandinho and Toure.

City had six shots on target in the opening 20 minutes as Sevilla failed to muster one.

The visitors ended the first half with 16 efforts. Only Atletico Madrid have managed more in one half in this season's competition, with 17 against Kazakhstan minnows Astana.

Manchester City
The average positions of City's players (on the right) in the first 20 minutes show how they were quick to spring forward on the attack, with Pellegrini playing Fernandinho (25) in a more advanced midfield role

Better from Bony?

Wilfried Bony
Bony had more shots than any other City player (seven), with only two missing the target (red arrows)

Virtually every club side in European football would struggle to replace Sergio Aguero and City, despite their vast riches, are no different.

In the Argentine talisman's absence through injury, some City fans have not been convincedexternal-link that £28m signing Bony is an adequate replacement.

The Ivorian had scored five in 24 appearances before the match in Spain, but he responded with an encouraging display.

As well as netting his first Champions League goal, Bony impressed with his link-up play at the focal point of City's counter-attacking set-up.

And he was given a rousing ovation by the travelling supporters when he was replaced in the final five minutes.

Sevilla v Man City
Manchester City have been reported to Uefa after fans were heard booing the Champions League anthem against Sevilla last month. The travelling fans did the same ahead of Wednesday's tie - and held up 'Boo' banners

Man of the match - Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling was a constant threat to the Sevilla defence, completing more successful dribbles (seven) and key passes (five) than any other player on the pitch

'We played a fantastic team.'

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "It is important to be qualified two games before the end.

"Now we will still try to qualify in the first position of this group and if we continue playing in this way we will have more chances."

Sevilla coach Unai Emery: "We have played against a fantastic team.

"They were very fast and good at converting their opportunities. Once they scored the first two goals that nullified us. We had our moments but not enough.

"We knew City and Juventus were going to be the favourites in this group, but we know there is still a chance we can get through. The group is still open."

What's next?

A return to Premier League action. Leaders City, ahead of second-placed Arsenal on goal difference, visit bottom side Aston Villa on Sunday.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rico
  • 23Andújar MorenoSubstituted forFerreira Filhoat 56'minutes
  • 3Rami
  • 5Kolodziejczak
  • 2Trémoulinas
  • 8IborraSubstituted forKrohn-Dehliat 45'minutes
  • 4KrychowiakBooked at 43mins
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 19Banega
  • 22Konoplyanka
  • 24LlorenteSubstituted forImmobileat 64'minutes


  • 7Krohn-Dehli
  • 10Reyes
  • 11Immobile
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 18Escudero
  • 25Ferreira Filho
  • 31Soria Solís

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 4Kompany
  • 30Otamendi
  • 11Kolarov
  • 6Reges
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forDemichelisat 90'minutes
  • 15Navas
  • 42Y Touré
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 73'minutes
  • 14BonySubstituted forDelphat 86'minutes


  • 13Caballero
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 18Delph
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 26Demichelis
  • 62Barker
Svein Oddvar Moen

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamMan City
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sevilla 1, Manchester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sevilla 1, Manchester City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adil Rami (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Éver Banega with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ciro Immobile (Sevilla).

  6. Post update

    Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Martín Demichelis replaces Fernandinho because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Fernandinho (Manchester City) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla).

  14. Post update

    Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Fabian Delph replaces Wilfried Bony.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Sevilla. Yevhen Konoplyanka tries a through ball, but Benoît Trémoulinas is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Vitolo (Sevilla).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid431070710
3Shakhtar Donetsk410348-43
4Malmö FF410318-73


1Man Utd42115417
2PSV Eindhoven42026606
4CSKA Moscow411245-14


2Atl Madrid42117257
4FC Astana402228-62


1Man City43018539
4B Mgladbach402226-42


2B Leverkusen31119724
3BATE Borisov310248-43


1Bayern Munich32018266
3Dinamo Zagreb310227-53


1FC Porto32106337
2Dynamo Kyiv31204225
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv300308-80


1Zenit St Petersburg33008449
3KAA Gent301235-21
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