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Man City and Atalanta can look forward to finding out who they’ll draw in the knockout stages next week. City will have to hope they can do better in Europe than they are domestically at the moment. That’s all for now. Goodbye!

Man City’s win means they finish top of Group D with 14 points. Guardiola’s men have qualified quite easily in the end, despite a few shaky draws lately. Atalanta finish second thanks to their 3-0 win over Shakhtar, who drop into the Europa League. Dinamo will have to dream of European glory next year.

Manchester City march into the Champions League round of 16 with a comfortable 4-1 away win over Dinamo Zagreb. The home side briefly threatened an upset in the first half through Olmo’s magnificent strike, but City soon recovered to take charge of the game. Jesus grabbed a hat-trick and Foden got a goal of his own for good measure late on.

90′ + 4′ FULL TIME: DINAMO ZAGREB 1-4 MANCHESTER CITY

90′ + 3′ Sterling is sent through on goal shortly after by Foden but can only force a save from Livakovic at close range. Sterling should have done better, but no matter – the game’s over!

90′ + 2′ Sterling makes some space for himself and puts the ball into the box. Dinamo pump it away.

90′ Foden wins a free-kick off Hajrovic. The young English midfielder’s looked assured in this game. There will be three minutes of added time.

88′ Olmo has a pop inside the box and Dinamo get a corner kick as it deflects off Harwood-Bellis. Hajrovic puts the cross in and City clear easily.

87′ Mahrez dribbles his way through on goal and aims for the bottom right corner but Livakovic dives low to keep the Algerian out. The Dinamo keeper’s not been at fault today.

86′ Gjira picks up the ball and has an optimistic shot from outside the box. It bounces wide to the left though.

85′ Dinamo’s hopes are essentially extinguished now. Atalanta have gone 2-0 up against Shakhtar.Their European campaign is over.

Manchester City

84′ Silva gets the assist for that one. City are one of the favourites to win this competition, make no mistake.

Manchester City

84′ GOAL! 4-1 CITY! Foden gets a deserved goal. City put together some neat and tidy passing to get around the back of Dinamo and Foden taps in from the penalty spot.

T. Harwood-Bellis

N. Otamendi

Manchester City

82′ City substitution. City’s captain Otamendi comes off. It’s a big moment for the 17-year-old City academy product Harwood-Bellis who makes his Champions League debut.

Dinamo Zagreb

81′ Dinamo make their final change. Gojak makes way for Majer.

Dinamo Zagreb

81′ It’s not been Orsic’s night. Dinamo replace him with Hajrovic for the last 10 minutes.

80′ The news gets worse for Dinamo – Shakhtar are now not only a goal down to Atalanta, but also down to 10 men. Dinamo are now almost certain to finish bottom of Group D. Hope can be a cruel thing sometimes.

79′ Gundogan lofts a right-footed free-kick in and Otamendi gets his head to it. The Argentine’s header bounces off the crossbar for Sterling to poke into the net, but he’s offside. The goal won’t stand.

78′ Moubandje checks Mahrez’s run down the right flank. It’s a City free-kick which Gundogan will take.

76′ Stojanovic drops a nice ball into the penalty area for Olmo who drags a first-time shot straight into the arms of Bravo. Dinamo may be losing but the young Spanish midfielder’s caught the eye, not least for his fantastic opening goal.

75′ Dinamo go on a now rare attack as they finally manage to get the ball off City. Orsic tries to dribble forward into the box but Otamendi puts a stop to it.

R. Sterling

Rodri Hernández

Manchester City

73′ City substitution. Sterling comes on for Rodrigo.

71′ This game has fallen into a bit of a lull now. Both sides know that City’s win is pretty much secured.

69′ As things stand, Dinamo won’t even have the consolation of finishing third in Group D and qualifying for the Europa League. Atalanta have taken the lead against Shakhtar.

67′ Intriguingly, Zinchenko – who normally plays at left-back for City – temporarily replaces Jesus up front. City are now playing without a recognised centre-forward.

O. Zinchenko

Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City

66′ Jesus’ day is done. He’ll have to content himself with just the hat-trick – he’s now the first player under the age of 23 to score multiple hat-tricks in the Champions League. Zinchenko replaces him for City.

65′ City are in complete control now. Mendy gets another cross into the box. This time Livakovic is out to claim it.

63′ Jesus should probably have scored again! Foden plays a beautifully weighted pass to Mendy who puts in a wonderfully flighted cross. Jesus gets his head on the end of it but can’t keep his effort down.

62′ Dinamo get a free-kick as Mendy fouls Olmo. They follow it up shortly after with two corners, with City clearing on the second attempt.

60′ Foden picks up the ball in the Dinamo box and skids a left-footed effort wide of the left-hand post.

Dinamo Zagreb

59′ Dinamo substitution. Kadzior has faded in this half. He makes way for Gjira.

58′ That Jesus hat-trick is his second in the Champions League – the Brazilian did the same against Shakhtar Donetsk in November last season. He’s a key man in this City side now.

56′ City are threatening to rack up the goals now and not only grind Dinamo’s hopes into dust, but rub their noses in it. Cancelo fizzes an effort wide from range.

Manchester City

54′ City miss Mendy when he’s not around through injury. The Frenchman gives them a real attacking impetus at left-back.

Manchester City

54′ GOAL! 3-1 CITY! Jesus gets his hat-trick and this game is done. Mendy gets slipped free down the left and whips in a fantastic cross for Jesus who arrows it home on the volley from six yards.

52′ Dinamo are keeping heart for now. Kadzior chases down a rogue pass in City’s box and Silva cleverly plays it against the Pole for a City goal-kick.

Manchester City

51′ The assist goes to Foden, although several City players had touches in that wonderful build-up. Dinamo’s chances of making it to the knockout stages suddenly look slim.

Manchester City

50′ GOAL! 2-1 CITY! Jesus gets his second of the night with a beautifully crafted goal. The Brazilian slips into the box, sends Dilaver the wrong way and calmly strokes the ball past Livakovic. It’s a long way back for Dinamo now, and his 100th goal for club and country.

48′ Dinamo start this half brightly. Orsic goes on the run but finds himself blocked off. Gojak’s pass forward is intercepted and City counter with Foden firing well wide of the left-hand post.

46′ The second half gets underway. Neither side has made a change at half-time.

Dinamo might need Orsic to up his game if they want to win this – he’s scored four and assisted one of their nine Champions League goals this season, more than any other player of theirs. Will Dinamo keep playing on the counter or will they go for the win and leave themselves more open?

Dinamo can feel slightly aggrieved to be going in level at half-time. The Croatians have largely held City at arm’s length and grabbed a memorable lead through Olmo’s blistering volley. However, the home side switched off to allow Jesus to equalise for City. City’s task looks easier in the second half, although Dinamo have enough quality to get another goal.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: DINAMO ZAGREB 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

45′ Gojak and Rodrigo chase a loose ball and Gojak catches the City midfielder with a flailing arm. Cue the referee’s whistle and whistles from the home fans. Gojak’s lucky to escape a booking. There will be one added minute in this half.

44′ Dinamo are an assured side in possession. Petkovic drifts to the left flank and looks to find Olmo in the centre. Foden nips in to steal the ball away.

43′ Jesus gives away a free-kick as he’s over-eager in challenging Moro for a header in Dinamo’s half. City’s influence on the game is growing.

42′ There’s a brief delay as Jesus requires some new footwear. The home fans really aren’t happy. They’re even less happy when Orsic is called offside.

40′ The crowd whistle impatiently as City keep possession in a rather sterile manner. Foden gets bored and takes Jesus’ chest down first-time outside the box. It bounces harmlessly wide of the right-hand post.

39′ A word on Jesus by the way. Each of his last 12 Man City goals have come away from home. The Brazilian is at his best on the road.

38′ Kadzior whips the corner in. City clear their lines and the second ball in is easy for Bravo to collect.

37′ Moubandje’s cross from the left is blocked by Foden. It’ll be a Dinamo corner.

36′ City suddenly have a foothold in the game again. Olmo bustles down the left flank for Dinamo but finds himself crowded out.

Dinamo Zagreb

34′ Ademi is booked for his protests at that goal being allowed. Dinamo really aren’t happy but they only have themselves to blame.

Manchester City

34′ City were well within their rights to play on there as it wasn’t a head injury. Dinamo switched off to let Mahrez cross in and the damage was done.

Manchester City

34′ GOAL! 1-1 CITY! Dinamo have a man down injured but City play on. Mahrez pops a left-footed cross in from the right of his box and Gabriel nods home. That’ll be controversial.

32′ You have to say that Dinamo are good value for their lead. City win a corner that’s conceded by Ademi but Dinamo deal with it.

30′ Dinamo are pushing forward with real belief here! Orsic heads towards goal from the penalty spot after Stojanovic reaches the byline and crosses in. Bravo dives low to his right to keep it out.

28′ City are dominating possession but look vulnerable on the counter. Dinamo break again and Olmo goes for it alone, flashing a powerful effort over the crossbar. City need to be careful if they don’t want to go further behind.

27′ City are definitely frailer this season than previous years under Guardiola. They’ve conceded the opening goal of the game eight times already this season, just one fewer than they did in the whole of last campaign.

25′ What a chance for Dinamo to double their lead! City overcommit forward and Dinamo counter – it’s 3 v 2 at the back! Moro can’t find the right pass though and the opportunity is gone.

23′ Three City men wait in Dinamo’s box for a Cancelo cut-back from the right. City’s Portuguese right-back can’t find them though. City look frustrated at the moment.

22′ It’s a Dinamo free-kick as Otamendi fouls Petkovic. Dinamo elect to play it back forwards only for Dilaver to lump it towards Petkovic again. City snaffle it up and regain possession.

20′ Livakovic looks confident in his area. The Croatian keeper’s claiming every cross that’s coming his way right now. City are in control despite the scoreline.

18′ Mahrez skips towards the box from the right but finds himself blocked by Moubandje. Gundogan has a pop from outside the box and it’s at a decent height for Livakovic to push it away.

17′ City are still coming for now but there’s no way through to Dinamo’s goal. Mendy humps another high ball into the area and Livakovic claims it comfortably. Guardiola, wearing his winter hat, looks glum down the touchline.

16′ It’s all a bit congested in the middle for City. City play a few one-twos on the edge of Dinamo’s box and the Dinamo captain Ademi steps in to put his foot through the ball.

15′ Mahrez wins a foul for City in midfield as he gets his ankle rattled by Moubandje. The Dinamo fans are making an almighty racket.

14′ Dinamo stream forward again as City’s attack breaks down. The home side certainly don’t look cowed by their illustrious visitors.

12′ That Olmo shot was the first of the match – and what a hit it was! That’s 10 games without a clean sheet now for Man City. Their defensive woes continue.

Dinamo Zagreb

10′ Kadzior’s left-footed cross in from the right was delicious and Olmo caught it oh so sweetly. Dinamo have the early lead!

Dinamo Zagreb

10′ GOAL! 1-0 DINAMO! What a magnificent goal by the 21-year-old Spanish midfielder Olmo! He drifts into the box between City’s defenders and smacks a first-time volley past Bravo!

9′ Dinamo enjoy a spell on the ball. Their Swiss left-back Moubandje gets the chance to cross only for it to cannon back off a City defender.

7′ City are popping the ball around patiently at the moment with Dinamo reluctant to press them high upfield. Foden sends Mendy forward with a nice flick-on but Mendy’s eventual cross sails out of play for a Dinamo goal-kick.

5′ Mendy bustles down the left and whips a cross in. Ademi is on hand to block but cries out in pain. It appears he’s stretched a muscle in his thigh. He looks fine to continue for now. City sportingly return the throw-in to Dinamo.

3′ City are settling into their usual rhythm early on. Mendy sends a ball forward towards Jesus but Ademi is there to head it away.

The two sides are out on the pitch in Zagreb! City will play in their traditional sky blue jerseys. Dinamo are playing in their navy blue European kit.

This is only Dinamo and Man City’s second ever competitive meeting, after City won the first 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in October. Zagreb have won just once in their last 16 Champions League matches, that victory over Atalanta on Matchday One that gives them the faintest hope of qualification. Will City’s experience see them through, or are we in for a memorable game in Zagreb?

Dinamo make four changes from the side that lost 2-0 away to Atalanta last time out in this competition. Moro returns from suspension, while Gojak, Kadzior and Moubandje also start. Pep Guardiola opts to rest players with City’s progress already secure. Only Rodrigo, Silva and Jesus remain from their Manchester derby starting XI, while 19-year-old Spanish centre-back Garcia makes his first Champions League start for City.

SUBS: Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling, Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Kyle Walker, Angelino.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Claudio Bravo; Joao Cancelo, Eric Garcia, Nicolas Otamendi (c), Benjamin Mendy; Phil Foden, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva.

SUBS: Lovro Majer, Izet Hajrovic, Mario Gavranovic, Marko Gjira, Mario Situm, Daniel Zagorac, Luka Ivanusec.

DINAMO ZAGREB (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Petar Stojanovic, Arijan Ademi (c), Emir Dilaver, Francois Moubandje; Amer Golak, Nikola Moro, Dani Olmo; Damian Kadzior, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic.

Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, meanwhile, could potentially join City in the round of 16 with a win if Shakhtar Donetsk also fail to beat Atalanta at home in their match. Can Nenad Bjelica’s side pull off a famous victory and make it to the Champions League knockout stage for the first time?

Four days after a disappointing Manchester derby, Man City will be looking to bounce back with a win in their final Champions League group game. The Premier League champions have already won Group C and can look forward to the knockout rounds but a morale-boosting victory wouldn’t go amiss.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this UEFA Champions League Group C match between Dinamo Zagreb and Manchester City at Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb.



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