Manchester City 4 – 0 Porto

City sail into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

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Manchester City proved indomitable tonight (February 22) against FC Porto, defeating them 4-0 and advancing to the final 16 of the Europa League with astonishing ease.

The scoreline opened just nineteen seconds in when Aguero capitalised on a through ball from Toure and gave the Blues the 1-0 lead. The score remained the same until the latter stages of the second half, when Aguero passed a ball through the defence and into the path of Dzeko who sent City 2-0 up. 

A red card for Porto's Rolando for arguing with the referee was the nail in the coffin for the squad who then conceded 2 more goals within the next ten minutes, with Silva and Pizarro both capitalising on yet more mistakes from the Porto defence in order to finish the game at 4-0. Manchester City have now defeated FC Porto 6-1 on aggregate., with Porto now out of the tournament and City going through to the next round.

The news will help lift the moods of many fans who were previously annoyed at the matches scheduling, which was brought forward to Wednesday in order not to clash with Manchester United's Europa League home match against Ajax on Thursday, as Greater Manchester police will not allow both teams to play simultaneously for fear of violence in the city.

Prior to the match City manager Roberto Manchini was asked about Carlos Tevez, with Mancini responding: "Tomorrow I will meet Carlos and talk to him". It has been reported that Tevez has apologised for his controversial behaviour in recent months, with his place at City still to be negotiated.

City will next play either Legia Warsaw or Sporting Lisbon in the final 16, depending on who wins in their match on Thursday (February 23).

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