UEFA Champions League Man City complete FC Copenhagen double to reach last eight

Manchester City reached the quarter-final of the 2023-24 Champions League with a 3-1 win over FC Copenhagen at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

The victory saw Pep Guardiola’s defending European champions complete a 6-2 aggregate success after a 3-1 win in the Danish capital last month. Goals from Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez in the first 10 minutes gave us a four-goal advantage in the tie, before Copenhagen attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi pulled one back just ahead of the half hour.

Erling Haaland’s clinical finish on the cusp of half-time restored the four-goal margin and ensured a comfortable second period for the Blues. The result made it 30 games since City’s last Champions League defeat at the Etihad – a run stretching back to September 2018 – and 22 matches unbeaten in total in Europe.

City have won their last 10 matches in the Champions League, becoming the first English side to achieve that figure. This is the seventh successive season they have been in the last eight of the competition, a longer run than any other side in Europe.

Just three days on from another famous Manchester derby victory and a tussle with Premier League title contenders looming large on the horizon, Pep Guardiola made seven changes to his side. It was two of those introductions who combined to open the scoring less than five minutes after kick-off.

Manuel Akanji swung a right boot at Julian Alvarez’s corner, connecting sweetly and seeing it hit the back of the net before goalkeeper Kamil Grabara could react.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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