By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City’s hopes of progressing in the Europa League were dealt a blow as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away at Dynamo Kiev.
The hosts have a solid record having last experienced a European defeat at home in December 2009 against Barcelona, and they have gone six games unbeaten in this years Europa League competition.
However, that will offer scant consolation to Roberto Mancini who witnessed his side’s many toils without an end result.
A clever ball by David Silva sent Micah through early on, though the Dynamo keeper was alert to the danger, whilst – after several prior attempts – Aleksander Kolarov got a clean shot away only to see his volley fly in to the arms of Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.
Andriy Shevchenko was becoming a growing presence in the game as he rolled back the years and it was he who struck first.
A floated ball in from the left evaded the City defence allowing the former Chelsea marksman to guide the ball home, putting his side one up and sending the loyal 17,000 crowd into a frenzy.
There were exchanges at both ends as City looked to claw their way back into it, and their efforts weren’t aided when Mario Balotelli – apparently struggling with his vision – was unable to continue for the Eastlanders after an indifferent display.
The Italian’s replacement, Carlos Tevez, made an immediate impression as he harried the defence, and it breathed new life into the visitor’s play.
Nice interchange between David Silva, Gareth Barry and Pablo Zabaleta eventually worked an opening for Yaya Toure, but his 20-yard shot was tipped round the post.
Silva could then have done better with an opportunity from eight yards had he not been off balance, instead driving the ball wide of its target, though Dynamo doubled their advantage soon after.
A headed clearance reached only so far as Oleg Gusev who in turn chested and volleyed past a helpless Joe Hart in City’s goal, making it 2-0.
The result leaves City with a challenge in the second-leg, and they must show far more potency in front of goal if they’re to reach the quarter-finals.
Dynamo: Shovkovskiy, Silva, Khacheridi, Yussuf, Popov, Gusev, Vukojevic, Eremenko, Yarmolenko, Milevskiy, Shevchenko.
City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Barry, Y. Toure, Silva, Kolarov, Balotelli, Dzeko.