KIEV – Sergio Aguero scored one goal and helped create another as Manchester City powered to a 3-1 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Aguero and David Silva’s goals gave City a 2-0 cushion at the break before Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back for Dynamo and Yaya Toure secured a valuable third away goal for City.
“It is not finished but playing away and having a two-goal lead is very good,” City coach Manuel Pellegrini said. “Maybe when it was 2-1 we had moments of doubt, but then we got the third goal.”
Facing a Ukrainian team which had not played competitively since December, Aguero took full advantage of poor Dynamo defending at a corner to score his 15th-minute opener with a simple finish after being left unmarked.
Aguero has now scored eight goals in City’s last nine games and 16 in his last 17 Champions League starts. The Argentine also helped to set up City’s second, feeding Raheem Sterling with a backheel on the edge of the box. Sterling then crossed low for Silva to score at the far post just before halftime.
Dynamo shook off some of the rust in the second half and struck back in the 59th minute through Buyalskiy, whose shot from 18 meters deflected in off Nicolas Otamendi. That marked the 10th Champions League game in a row in which City has conceded at least one goal.
Buyalskiy’s goal breathed new life into the Dynamo team, as well as delighting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was watching from the stands with a group of soldiers in a show of support for Ukrainian forces fighting Russian-back separatists in the country’s east.
In Wednesday’s other game, 10-man PSV Eindhoven held on for a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.