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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.