Manchester City achieved club history on Tuesday night by reaching their first-ever knockout stage in the Champions League, blowing out CSKA Moscow 5-2. Alvaro Negredo netted a hat trick after two goals by Sergio Aguero had put City comfortably ahead. Not even the two goals conceded by Costel Pantilimon — in place of the benched Joe Hart — could spoil the party.
After two consecutive painful group stage exits, the relief amongst the City players and fans was noticeable on social media:
We have book our place in the knockout round of the champions league for the very first time tonight. It feels so good !!! 😍😍😍👏👏👏👏— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42)
Very proud of the team and the qualification. And thanks to all the people of @MCFC for their support, they deserve this and much more!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)
City wouldn’t have made history had they not received a little help from their Group D rivals Bayern Munich. Bayern still had to take care of business at Viktoria Plzen. Not surprisingly, they did just that, winning 1-0 on a Mario Mandzukic header in the second half:
Not only did Bayern secure a Round of 16 spot themselves, it was also their ninth straight victory in the Champions League, which ties the all-time record set by Barcelona in the 2002-03 season.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola, said afterwards: “I’m very happy over this new record. I hope we can extend it in Moscow.” Indeed, they would set the all-time mark with a tenth straight win.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern)