For most of the match the game was back and forth with both teams surviving the others wave of attack, one after one. Roma came out on a mission to score the opening goal and break the hearts of not only the City players but the traveling fans and fans across the globe. The City defense did their due diligence to keep the score line at 0-0. City, too, had several chances to grab the first goal but it wasn’t meant to be in the first half as both teams headed to the locker rooms level.
The second half ws progressing much like the first but with City seeing more control of possession, with a draw sending Roma into the next round. In the 60th minute City got on the scoreboard with an absolute missile from Nasri. The Frenchman got the ball from fellow countrymen Gael Clichy, which Nasri made one move toward he box, saw his opening and let rip an unstable shot from just outside the box. It was a goal that this City team needed in the Champions League, after going through a miserable campaign thus far (minus the Bayern game, of course!). City put the game away 26 minutes later with a goal from an unlikely candidate, Pablo Zabaleta, who scored a Pablo like goal. A pass from Nasri found a cutting Zabaleta in the middle of the box and the Argentinean fired a shot into the back of the net while taking a crunchy tackle from Roma’s goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis (can you say Ballon d’Or anyone?). It was all City would need to not only secure a road win against another tough squad, but secure a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the second year in a row.
Again, the boys don’t ever like to do things the easy way, but what’s sport without a little uncertainty? How we feeling after another win for the boys, blues?