Kyiv 1-3 Man City: Touré drives home Citizens’ advantage

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (L) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions league round of 16, first leg, football match FC Dynamo Kyiv vs Manchester City  FC at the NSC Olimpiski stadium in Kiev on February 24, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP / SERGEI SUPINSKY

A full-strength Manchester City took command of their Champions League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev with an impressive 3-1 first-leg win in Ukraine on Wednesday night.

Yaya Touré struck a fine late effort as the English side closed in on a first ever UEFA Champions League quarter-final appearance.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini fielded a weakened side in the FA Cup defeat by Chelsea on Sunday but the City manager who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola next season restored his side’s stars to the starting line-up on Wednesday and they put the club within reach of the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

With snow falling, Dynamo Kyiv were caught cold as City quickly wrested the initiative. Sergio Agüero reflected the dominance on the scoreboard on 15 minutes and, when David Silva doubled the lead before half-time, the hosts were up against it. They improved, and Vitaliy Buyalskiy’s effort forced the door ajar before Touré slammed it shut.

The first half, though, was all City. Returning to action after 11 weeks off, Dynamo awoke from winter hibernation with heavy legs – by the time they were up and running they trailed 2-0. Agüero struck first, lashing in after Touré’s knockdown from Silva’s corner found him inexplicably unmarked.