Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stunning Win Puts City into the Last 16; SEVILLA 1 MANCHESTER CITY 3

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stunning Win Puts City into the Last 16; SEVILLA 1 MANCHESTER CITY 3

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MANCHESTER City produced one of their greatest European performances to secure their place in the Champions League last 16 with a brilliant win at Sevilla.

Manuel Pellegrini's men did the damage early as they raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Raheem Sterling and the outstanding Fernandinho inside 11 minutes.

Benoit Tremoulinas pulled one back for last year's Europa League winners but Wilfried Bony put City back in control before the break and they eased to a victory that puts them top of Group D. The draw between Borussia Monchengladbach and Juventus in the group's other fixture means City have ensured qualification with two games to spare. After their past struggles in the competition, this was a landmark moment for City under Pellegrini.

The City boss raised some eyebrows in his selection as he left in-form Kevin De Bruyne on the bench, but his decision to play Fernando in midfield, allowing Fernandinho and Yaya Toure to push forward worked superbly. …

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