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Kompany says Man City's hunger is back after Kiev win

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Yaya Toure curled in a sumptuous late goal for City
Yaya Toure curled in a sumptuous late goal for City

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes his side silenced some of their critics after an impressive 3-1 away win against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.

First-half goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva (below) put City in control at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex before Yaya Toure made sure after a Vitaliy Buyalskiy reply in the last-16 tie.

Buyalskiy's effort just before the hour threatened to make life difficult for City as a side playing their first competitive match since December woke up.

But Toure made amends for missing an earlier chance with a fine curling finish in the last minute to put City in sight of the quarter-finals for the first time.

City's whole-hearted performance, amid snow flurries on a cold night, made light of their recent poor form and the controversy over their team selection at Chelsea on Sunday.

"We looked like a team that was hungry for success tonight," said Kompany, after a few weeks when City's commitment to the cause has been questioned by some observers.

"We are going into the second leg with a fairly good chance to go through, which has not been the case before. 

"I feel like I am contradicting myself a little after the FA Cup but I feel like every cup is a priority. Every game is a priority. It is not easy to predict which competition you will do well in."

City manager Manuel Pellegrini offered up a cautious view of events in Kiev, as he insisted the tie was not over heading into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

"Is the tie settled. No, it is important in football to never think it is finished, but to have that third goal gives us more confidence for the second leg," were the views of the soon to be outgoing City boss in this BT Sport interview.