City undone by dangerous Dynamo

City are chasing a two-goal deficit after former Chelsea striker

Andriy Shevchenko and Oleh Gusev handed Kiev a useful advantage in

the first leg. To complete a frustrating night for manager Roberto

Mancini, Mario Balotelli came off in the second half with the

Italian striker claiming to be unwell. After a bright start City

showed nothing like the kind of form that marked them down as

tournament favourites. They knew it would be a tough test in

freezing conditions as Dynamo went into the match having lost only

one of their past 16 games. With Carlos Tevez on the bench Gareth

Barry was handed the captain’s armband. David Silva threaded the

ball through to Micah Richards in the 11th minute only for

goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskly to block his path. Balotelli then

tried to release Edin Dzeko in the 18th minute only to put too much

weight on the pass and the ball drifted out of play. City kept up

the momentum and won a free-kick 25 yards out but Aleksandar

Kolarov sent his effort into the goalkeeper’s body. Dynamo took the

lead with their first attempt on goal in the 24th minute when

Shevchenko poked home following a cross from Andriy Yarmolenko.

Shevchenko’s goal rocked City with the striker showing that at 34

he has not lost his scoring instincts. The home side were growing

in confidence and this was a testing spell for City. Dynamo after

all had hammered Turkish side Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate in the last

round to progress in style. Shevchenko then cut the ball back from

the byline into the area in the 40th minute after an incisive move.

However Pablo Zabaleta was well positioned and cleared the ball to

safety to City’s relief. Back came Dynamo and Gusev dragged a shot

wide of the post on the stroke of half time from 18 yards.

Balotelli was late arriving for the start of the second half and

appeared to be in some distress. He was clutching his face with

reports on TV stating the Italian striker was claiming to be

unwell. Mancini, however, was in no hurry to take him off and

Balotelli suffered further misery in the 54th minute when he was

booked for a challenge on Ayila Yussuf. Three minutes later

Balotelli headed for the dressing room and was replaced by Tevez.

City almost drew level in the 59th minute when Barry laid the ball

back to Yaya Toure on the edge of the area. He struck his shot

sweet and true only for the goalkeeper to get down quickly and turn

it around the post. Dynamo continued to look dangerous on the

counter attack and Artem Milevskiy got into a good position only to

deliver a weak shot that Hart saved comfortably. City hit back and

Joleon Lescott tried his luck on goal in the 68th minute only for

Shovkovskly to make the save. City’s troubles increased in the 77th

minute when Dynamo forged 2-0 ahead after poor defending. Richards

failed to deal with a flick on from Milevskiy and Gusev smashed a

volley home from eight yards. Tevez gave City some dynamism but

they were unable to pull a goal back and there is much work to be

done next week if their European campaign is to continue.