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Man City advanced to the UCL quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Copenhagen


With a 3-1 victory over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday in their round of the second leg, holders Manchester City quickly advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals, winning the competition for the tenth time in a row and finishing with a 6-2 aggregate victory.


With a two-goal lead at the beginning of the game, City quickly settled matters with goals from Julián Álvarez, Erling Haaland, and Manuel Akanji in the first half.


Manager Pep Guardiola made seven changes to his team that defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the league derby last Sunday, giving himself the luxury of resting important players like Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Sunday's trip to Liverpool in a Premier League matchup at the top of the table.


Guardiola remarked, "I need energy and fresh legs today." "I am aware of how worn out and fatigued some of my guys were today. We have a game on Sunday. I, therefore, require new legs."


After 27 league games, City is one point ahead of Arsenal and one point behind Liverpool in a close race for the title. They are also deep in the FA Cup; on March 16, they play Newcastle United in a quarterfinal.


Guardiola declared, "We need everyone to be part of the titles." "We are among the top eight teams in Europe for another year. We are so thrilled to be participating in all tournaments."


Akanji scored City's first goal in the fifth minute by volleying into Alvarez's corner.


I watched the ball approach. For my foot, it was ideal," Akanji said to TNT. I was ecstatic about it. Our goal was to score first. We had it more accessible because of the first two goals in the first half. We did what we had to do and tried our most challenging."


Four minutes later, Álvarez scored his own goal, which was made possible by Kamil Grabara's horrendous goalkeeping. Just seconds before Rodri's attempt hit the crossbar, Grabara allowed the City forward's shot between his hands.


The Danish champion Mohamed Elyounoussi, a former Southampton player, drew one back in the 29th minute. However, City's prolific goal scorer Haaland scored his 29th goal of the season, a low, powerful shot that went through two defenders seconds before halftime.


Rico Lewis missed an opportunity to score a fourth goal for City in the dying moments.


The remaining four clubs will be announced the following week. City and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain are in the quarterfinals.


Guardiola remarked, "We are a team that believes we can do it." "Hey, we are up against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. We have no idea who we will be up against. We only need to wait and see. What matters is that we have been here for seven years running."


On March 15, City will learn who they will play in the quarterfinals through the draw.


"We are feeling good right now," Akanji remarked. "We are optimistic about the upcoming round. Even though we are favourites, we still need to win."


When Haaland was substituted late in the match, he quickly hugged 18-year-old Jacob Wright, who was playing in his first Champions League match.


Jacob Neestrup, the manager of Copenhagen, thinks City can win the Champions League again.


"They are going to win it, they are," he stated. "Everything is simply on another level at this point.


"We have faced [City] twice in a row, and Man City has improved each time. They are elite athletes with a fantastic structure. It goes beyond the tactical and technical. They put in much effort in their work."

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