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Second-String Man City Cruise Past Bucuresti

UEFA Champions League Play-Off
 
Result: Manchester City 1-0 (6-0 agg) Steaua Bucuresti
 
Date: 24 August 2016
 
Venue: Etihad Stadium
 
Manchester City eased past Steaua Bucuresti in their UEFA Champions League play-off tie on Wednesday, progressing 6-0 on aggregate.
 
The tie started in a low-key fashion as the hosts controlled the possession, patiently probing for an opening while the visitors were content to sit deep and defend; hoping to avoid another heavy defeat.
 
In the 26th minute there was a rare chance when Fabian Delph's cross was poorly cleared and fell for Nolito, but his attempt on goal was easily saved by the visiting goalkeeper.
 
The rest of the opening half saw an relatively even contest which didn't promise fireworks any time soon. The sides went into the dressing rooms still level at 0-0, while City led 5-0 on aggregate.
 
Delph was in the thick of the action 10 minutes into the second half as City created a chance. Yaya Toure and Kelechi Iheanacho linked up outside the penalty area to set up Delph, but his shot was tipped just wide of the post.
 
However, a mere minute later the Sky Blues were in front. Toure and Iheanacho were the architects yet again as they set up Delph who, on this occasion, headed home a cross.
 
Bucuresti had a rare opportunity in the 72nd minute to find what would have been a consolation goal, as they trailed 6-0 on aggregate, but Alexandru Tudorie's shot from close range was well saved by Joe Hart and they cantered to victory.
 
Elsewhere, FC Kobenhavn beat APOEL 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw, FK Rostov beat Ajax 4-1 for a 5-2 aggregate win, Monchengladbach thrashed Young Boys 6-1 (9-2 agg), and Dinamo Zagreb edged out Salzburg 3-2 on aggregate after extra time in the second leg.
 

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