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Manchester City secure their place in the Champions League last 16 with 3-1 win at Sevilla

Manchester City 3 - Sevilla 1

By Andy Hampson

Published 03/11/2015

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)

Manchester City produced one of their greatest European performances to secure their place in the Champions League last 16 with a brilliant 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.

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 meant that City had ensured qualification with two games to spare. After their past struggles in the competition, this was a landmark moment for City under Pellegrini.

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 twice going close in the opening minutes, first testing Sergio Rico and then shooting wide. Bony also drove a shot across goal before City went ahead with just eight minutes gone.

Fernandinho was the architect with a defence-splitting pass and Sterling raced through to finish with composure from a difficult angle.

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

Former Sevilla star Jesus Navas almost added another after a strong run down the right but Rico tipped his powerful low drive onto the post.

Sevilla also contributed to a breathless opening and they should have had one back after Vicente Iborra headed dangerously across the City box but Fernando Llorente volleyed over.

Navas saw another shot saved by Rico and Toure had an effort blocked but Sevilla did reply 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 and Iborra slammed the rebound into the side-netting.

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

Navas, revelling back on his old stomping ground, was the provider after a good run down the right and Bony tucked away his shot coolly from in front of goal.

City's pace, perhaps inevitably, dropped after the break but they continued to probe. Sterling remained dangerous and twice jinked across the area. He first set up Fernandinho to shoot at Rico before he tested the keeper himself.

Another chance came as Toure combined well with Bony but then curled his shot wide. Bony had another effort blocked as City continued to create the better chances in a dominant performance.

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

While progressing from the group stage has been a major hurdle for City in the past, last season they made it through only to face Barcelona in the first knock-out stage and duly made a swift exit. With that in mind, captain Vincent Kompany is keen for them to build on their progress so far and top the group in the hope of an easier draw.

"The first feeling is 'Finally'," he said on BT Sport 2 as City could enjoy a truly special performance in Europe. "It's a difficult group and for us to qualify with two games to go is an incredible achievement.

"We need to go on. It would be a first for us to finish first in our group and that's important because we have been unlucky in the draws before."

Manager Manuel Pellegrini changed his team's shape by leaving out De Bruyne in order to feature Fernando, Fernandinho and Toure together in midfield, and enjoyed the results after revealing he had not been impressed with some of City's recent play.

"I'm happy with the way we played, we scored three goals, missed three of four clear chances to score and we defended well," he said.

"I was not happy with the way we were playing in the previous games, so I'm happy with our form in this game.

"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 the reason we created so many chances."

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"What a brilliant display by the whole team today! Let's keep growing strong in the Champions League! C'mon, City!" - Injured City forward Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) liked what he saw from his sofa.

PLAYER RATINGS

SEVILLA

Sergio Rico: 5 (out of 10)

Coke: 6

Adil Rami: 6

Timothee Kolodziejczak: 6

Benoit Tremoulinas: 6

Vicente Iborra: 7

Grzegorz Krychowiak: 6

Vitolo: 6

Ever Banega: 6

Yevhen Konoplyanka: 6

Fernando Llorente: 7

Substitutes:

Michael Krohn-Dehli: 6

Mariano Ferreira: 6

Ciro Immobile: 6

MAN CITY

Joe Hart: 6

Bacary Sagna: 6

Vincent Kompany: 7

Nicolas Otamendi: 7

Aleksandar Kolarov: 6

Fernando: 8

Fernandinho: 9

Yaya Toure: 7

Jesus Navas: 7

Raheem Sterling: 8

Wilfried Bony: 7

Substitutes:

Kevin De Bruyne: 6

Fabian Delph: 5

Martin Demichelis: 5

STAR MAN

Fernandinho. The Brazilian looked in the mood from the outset. Inside the the first 11 minutes he twice went close to opening the scoring, set up the first for Raheem Sterling and then headed the second. He could not maintain such a ferocious pace but troubled Sevilla throughout.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Raheem Sterling's opening goal after just eight minutes set the tone for a superb contest. The former Liverpool man finished superbly from a tight angle from a well-weighted pass by Fernandinho. It was his first Champions League goal and another positive indicator of the dangerous player he can become for City.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

City manager Manuel Pellegrini made a big call for the game against Sevilla a fortnight ago as he left out Vincent Kompany, and he made another as he named in-form Kevin De Bruyne on the bench. But the decision was vindicated within minutes as the deployment of Fernando in deep role allowed Fernandinho to step up and stamp his authority on the game.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

It would seem churlish to criticise City after such a superb performance, but they still do not look right in their florescent green - or ghostly, as some fans have dubbed - kit. It does not seem an outfit likely to strike fear into opponents before kick-off. That said, they could change that with more displays like this.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Aston Villa v Manchester City, November 8 (Premier League)

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