The official website for European football

Nasri leads City past Roma and into last 16

Published: Wednesday 10 December 2014, 22.48CET
AS Roma 0-2 Manchester City FC
Samir Nasri opened the scoring before teeing up Pablo Zabaleta for a late clincher as the English side squeezed through to the knockout stage.
by Ben Gladwell
from Stadio Olimpico

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...

Match statistics

RomaMan. City

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts14
 
9
on target6
 
4
off target4
 
4
blocked4
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners7
 
4
Offsides5
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
11
Passes560
 
405
completed504
 
346

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 10 December 2014, 22.48CET

Nasri leads City past Roma and into last 16

AS Roma 0-2 Manchester City FC
Samir Nasri opened the scoring before teeing up Pablo Zabaleta for a late clincher as the English side squeezed through to the knockout stage.

City clinch second last-16 spot in Group E; Roma in UEFA Europa League
Samir Nasri scores the crucial opener, his first of the season
Manuel Pellegrini's side claim sixth successive win in all competitions
Roma's Kostas Manolas denied by post before Pablo Zabaleta seals it
Round of 16 draw takes place in Nyon at 12.00CET on 15 December

Samir Nasri was the architect of Manchester City FC's passage to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, their 2-0 victory at AS Roma securing the all-important runners-up spot in Group E and consigning the Italian side to third place.

An open game hung in the balance on the hour when Nasri advanced to the edge of the penalty area and hit an unstoppable shot that took a lick of paint from the inside of Morgan De Sanctis's near post on its way in. The Stadio Olimpico fell silent, and though they found their voice when Kostas Manolas headed onto the upright, with four minutes left the immaculate Nasri teed up Pablo Zabaleta to end any lingering doubt.

With PFC CSKA Moskva losing 3-0 at FC Bayern München the result was enough to take City into Friday's draw as Manuel Pellgrini's team's campaign gathers timely momentum. Roma at least have the consolation of a UEFA Europa League berth, but would have hoped for more amid a bright start that almost brought an early goal when Francesco Totti picked out the unmarked José Holebas. The full-back's shot could not squeeze past Joe Hart.

How finely poised the match was became evident when, within the space of 15 seconds, both sides very nearly took the lead. First James Milner went close for City, forcing a fine stop from De Sanctis; the ball was taken straight down the other end by Gervinho, who came even closer to breaking the deadlock. Hart's fingertip save came to the visitors' rescue.

©AFP/Getty Images

Francesco Totti struggles to find a way through

Jesús Navas helped City gain a foothold, twice teeing up Edin Džeko, while Radja Nainggolan, imperious in the Roma midfield, relieved the pressure in his own manner, sending a searching ball from deep to put the livewire Gervinho through. Hart once again stood firm. Navas, increasingly the source of danger, provided a shorter, if equally penetrating pass, for Milner who was rebuffed in similar fashion by De Sanctis.

The interval did not temper City's ambition and, with Roma beginning to sit back, they sensed their chance and Nasri took it. Rudi Garcia's team acquired some urgency as Nainggolan went close before Manolas's brush with the woodwork. Mattia Destro's effort was also blocked by Martín Demichelis before another Argentinian defender, Zabaleta, landed the killer blow at the other end.

Last updated: 14/12/15 10.15CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014387/postmatch/report/index.html#nasri+leads+city+through

Lineups

roma

Roma

man. city

Man. City

26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK) (C)
2
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Yellow Card43
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Goal86
4
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
6
FernandoFernando
8
LjajićAdem Ljajić
Substitution67
7
MilnerJames Milner
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
Substitution70
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Goal60
Yellow Card74
Substitution89
13
MaiconMaicon
Substitution78
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Yellow Card43
Substitution78
15
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution67
20
KeitaSeydou Keita
20
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
25
HolebasJosé Holebas
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
27
GervinhoGervinho
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
44
ManolasKostas Manolas
26
DemichelisMartín Demichelis

Substitutes

12
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
6
StrootmanKevin Strootman
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
7
IturbeJuan Iturbe
Substitution67
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution89
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
18
LampardFrank Lampard
22
DestroMattia Destro
Substitution70
21
David SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution67
23
AstoriDavide Astori
35
JovetićStevan Jovetić
Substitution78
24
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Substitution78
38
BoyataDedryck Boyata

Coach

Rudi Garcia (FRA) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Dejan Petrović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution