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Manchester City sail into Champions League Quarter-Finals with graceful victory

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In a display of mastery and elegance, Manchester City secured their passage to the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh consecutive season with a resounding 3-1 triumph over FC Copenhagen.

The Etihad Stadium witnessed an early surge from the reigning champions as Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez swiftly propelled City into a commanding position. The relentless Erling Haaland, marking his 29th goal of the season, further solidified City’s dominance, sealing a 6-2 aggregate victory.

Despite a valiant effort from Copenhagen, exemplified by a consolation goal from former Southampton player Mohamed Elyounoussi, City’s passage to the next round was never in question.

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The encounter unfolded at a measured pace, showcasing City’s strategic approach as they preserved energy for forthcoming challenges in their pursuit of unprecedented back-to-back trebles.

Pep Guardiola’s tactical acumen shone through as he orchestrated seven changes from the lineup that triumphed over Manchester United, strategically resting key players for the pivotal Premier League clash against Liverpool.

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The opening moments set the tone for City’s dominance, with Akanji’s exquisite volley from Alvarez’s cross propelling them into an early lead. Alvarez, capitalizing on a goalkeeper error, swiftly doubled City’s advantage, demonstrating finesse and precision in his finish.

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Despite Copenhagen briefly threatening City’s composure with a rare break, Guardiola’s men maintained control and composure throughout the encounter.

As the final whistle echoed across the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City’s graceful performance not only secured their place in the quarter-finals but also reaffirmed their status as formidable contenders in European football’s most prestigious competition.

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