Defensive injury woes marred Manchester City’s 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kyiv, but the Citizens managed to qualify for their first-ever Champions League quarter-final following their 3-1 aggregate victory.
Centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi were substituted in the first-half in what was a dull encounter, but Manuel Pellegrini’s aim of delivering a European trophy at the Etihad Stadium still remains intact.
Kiev have never won in England, but were given a boost when City captain Kompany pulled up with a calf injury just four minutes into the second-leg.
Then 20 minutes later, his partner Otamendi had to be replaced too following a strong challenge from Lukasz Teodorczyk.
With one eye on Sunday’s Manchester derby, City shut up shop and failed to make any chances of note themselves. Winger Jesus Navas made a marauding run into the Dynamo box on the verge of half-time, but a stray pass to Sergio Aguero killed the move.
In the second period, the Ukrainian outfit came out of their shells more, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Vitaliy Buyalskiy forcing goalkeeper Joe Hart into action.
However City weathered whatever storm Sergei Rebrov’s side created, and their first-leg lead proved invaluable.
Pellegrini’s side now head into the last-eight of the Champions League for the first time, as the Chilean looks to sign off his career with the Citizens with the ultimate prize before Pep Guardiola takes over in the summer.
Elsewhere; the pulsating tie between Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven went the full distance as the Spanish side made the Champions League quarter finals via the lottery of a penalty shootout.
Los Rojiblancos triumphed 8-7 following two goalless legs, in what proved to be a frustrating tie for the La Liga outfit.
PSV did well to contain their hosts in the first-half, with the first real chance came shortly after the interval. Yannick Carrasco played in a low ball across the face of goal, but he failed to find any advancing Atletico player.
Despite the hosts’ dominance; PSV nearly took the lead themselves just moments later. Jurgen Locadia’s effort hit the upright, before Luuk De Jong’s header was cleared off the line by ex-Chelsea defender Filipe Luis.
Back down the other end; Filipe then nearly scored himself, but his right footed effort was palmed away by ‘keeper Jeroen Zoet and Carrasco’s rebound was volleyed over.
Not long remained in the original 90 minutes, and when Fernando Torres struck the post, it seemed Atletico were in for an even longer night.
Extra-time passed with little action, but the shootout that followed was an enthralling one.
Both sides scored their initial five penalties, with Marco Van Ginkel, Andres Guardado, Davy Propper, Jeffrey Bruma and Hector Moreno netting for PSV, whilst Antoine Griezmann, Gabi, Koke, Saul and Torres scored for Atletico.
Maxime Lestienne and Santiago Arias scored from the spot in sudden death for the Dutch side, and Jose Maria Gimenez and Filipe did likewise for the hosts.
But then winger Luciano Narsingh stepped up for PSV and crashed his effort against the bar, allowing Juanfran to send Atletico Madrid into the quarter-finals following his successful spot-kick.