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EUROPA LEAGUE last 16 1st LEG: Late Kiev goal gives City a mountain to climb in second leg

Manchester City's first ever game against Ukrainian opposition ended in a 2-0 defeat leaving them with a difficult task to turn the tie around at Eastlands next week. Dynamo Kiev are now unbeaten in seven Uefa home ties at home and have not conceded in four of those.

Overall the host's deserved their victory for taking the chances when they came and whilst City had their moments they lacked a cutting edge when needed.

Ironically the opening goalscorer was a player who struggled to score against teams when playing in the Premier League for Chelsea but Andriy Shevchenko reacted quickest to Andriy Yarmolenko cross and forced the ball from close range past keeper Joe Hart.

City actually begin the second half with only ten men as Mario Balotelli only ran onto the pitch 30 seconds after the half began, and was then substituted 12 minutes later with apparent eye problems.

Then just as it seemed City were building up pressure for a vital away goal they were caught out by a right wing cross which they fail to clear. Oleh Gusev took full advantage to control and volley past Hart from 12 yards.

The visitor's poured on the pressure looking to score but in doing so left themselves open at the back to Kiev's swift counter attacks and were indebted to Hart for keeping the deficit down to a manageable two.

City enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to make it count with David Silva having the best chance to get on the scoresheet.

Roberto Mancini's team will now need to score three goals at home next week to progress into the Europa League quarter finals.

Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)

Venue: Lobanovsky Stadium Attendance: 16,000

Dynamo Kiev scorers: Shevchenko 25, Gusev 77 Man City scorers:

DYNAMO KIEV 01 Shovkovskiy 02 Danilo Silva 06 Popov 34 Khacheridi 05 Vukojevic 20 Gusev 23 Eremenko 37 Yussuf (yellow card) 07 Shevchenko (Ninkovic 88) 09 Yarmolenko 10 Milevskiy

Substitutes 35 Koval, 03 Betao, 44 Leandro Almeida, 19 Garmash, 36 Ninkovic, 22 Kravets, 77 Guilherme

MAN CITY 25 Hart 02 Richards 04 Kompany 05 Zabaleta 13 Kolarov (Wright-Phillips 82) 19 Lescott 18 Barry 21 Silva 42 Y Toure 10 Dzeko 45 Balotelli (yellow card) (Tevez 57 yellow card)

Substitutes 12 Taylor, 17 Boateng, 38 Boyata, 08 Wright-Phillips, 24 Vieira, 34 De Jong, 32 Tevez

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