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Champions League Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City: We won't relax after qualifying, insists boss Pellegrini

By Andy Hampson

Published 04/11/2015

Jumping for joy: Fernandinho shows his delight after netting
City’s second goal against Sevilla
Jumping for joy: Fernandinho shows his delight after netting City’s second goal against Sevilla

Manchester City produced one of their greatest European performances to secure their place in the Champions League last 16 with a 3-1 win at Sevilla.

Manuel Pellegrini's men did the damage early as they raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Raheem Sterling and the outstanding Fernandinho inside 11 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Sevilla's Fernando Llorente, left and Manchester City's Gael Clichy challenge for the ball during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Sevilla's Fernando Llorente, left and Manchester City's Gael Clichy challenge for the ball during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Fernandinho, left, scores his team's 2nd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Fernandinho, left, scores his team's 2nd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Fernandinho celebrates after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, right, celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Fernandinho celebrates after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Wilfried Bony, 3rd left celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's 3rd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Fernandinho celebrates after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Fernandinho celebrates after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Fernandinho celebrates after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Group D Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Manchester City's British midfielder Raheem Sterling (L) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's Spanish forward Llorente (up) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi (down) during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's midfielder Jesus Navas looks on during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernando (L) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vicente Iborra during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's coach Unai Emery (R) shouts during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart looks during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak lies on the ground injured during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak lies on the ground injured during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernando (L) vies with Sevilla's Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's defender Coke (C) vies with Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart jubilates during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov (R) vies with Sevilla's French defender Adil Rami (L) during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov (R) vies with Sevilla's French defender Adil Rami (L) during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak (L) vies with Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (R) during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) celebrates after scoring with Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (C) during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) celebrates after scoring with Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (L) during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov (L) and Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi (R) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vicente Iborra during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov (L) and Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi (R) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vicente Iborra during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's French defender Benoit Tremoulinas (L) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's French defender Benoit Tremoulinas (L) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernando (C) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernando (C) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernando (C) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's forward Fernando Llorente lies on the ground during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo (C) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi (L) and French defender Bacary Sagna during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) celebrates after scoring with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling scores during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's head coach Manuel Pellegrini looks before the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERREROJorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Manchester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Wilfred Bony of Manchester City (2R) celebrates with team mates as he scores their third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their second during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their second during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Coke of Sevilla (r) holds off Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City scores his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their second during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their second during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City scores his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Fernandinho of Manchester City scores his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City (obscured) is mobbed by team mates as he celebrates scoring their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Coke of Sevilla takes on Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Manchester City fans hold 'Boo' signs prior to the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Sevilla FC players warming up prior to the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Manchester City fans holds up 'boo' signs the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03: Manchester City fans holds up 'boo' signs the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Benoit Tremoulinas pulled one back for last year's Europa League winners but Wilfried Bony put City back in control before the break and they eased to a victory that puts them top of Group D.

The draw between Borussia Monchengladbach and Juventus in the group's other fixture means that City have ensured qualification with two games to spare. After their past struggles in the competition, this was a landmark moment for City.

Chilean Pellegrini said: "It is very important to qualify for the next stage, now we will try to qualify in first position. I'm happy with the way we played, we scored three goals and we defended well.

"I wasn't happy with the way we were playing in previous games. I'm happy with tonight.

"The three midfielders - Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Fernando - played well, pressed higher and our attack was really prepared. We played with one touch and moved into space, that was why we created many chances."

Pellegrini raised some eyebrows in his selection as he left in-form Kevin de Bruyne on the bench, but his decision to play Fernando in midfield, allowing Fernandinho and Yaya Toure to push forward, worked superbly.

They made a blistering start as a result with Fernandinho the architect with a defence-splitting pass and Sterling raced through to finish with composure.

City did not relent and claimed a second three minutes later as Sterling broke down the left to tee up Bony. Sergio Rico parried the Ivorian's shot but the irrepressible Fernandinho followed up to head home.

Sevilla replied as Coke skipped into the area and crossed for Tremoulinas to head in.

Joe Hart then produced a brilliant save to keep out a Timothee Kolodziejczak header on the line.

It was a worrying spell for City but they recovered their composure and reasserted their grip through Bony after 36 minutes.

Jesus Navas was the provider after a good run down the right and Bony tucked away his shot.

Such was City's superiority, Pellegrini was able to give Fabian Delph a run-out in the closing minutes to step up his comeback from injury.

SEVILLA: González, Coke (Filho 56), Rami, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas, Iborra (Krohn-Dehli 45), Krychowiak, Pérez, Banega, Konoplyanka, Llorente (Immobile 64).

Unused subs: Reyes, N'Zonzi, Escudero, Solís.

Goal: Trémoulinas 25

MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho (Demichelis 90), Navas, Touré, Sterling (De Bruyne 73), Bony (Delph 86). Unused: Caballero, Mangala, Clichy, Barker.

Goals: Sterling 8, Fernandinho 11, Bony 36.

Man of the match: Fernandinho

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway).

Belfast Telegraph

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