Manchester City secured a place in the latter stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history yesterday morning (Singapore time), and they did it in style.
CSKA Moscow were beaten 5-2 at the Etihad, effectively wiped out in a vibrant and devastating first 30 minutes.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini was hired specifically for his record in this competition. His reputation was well-earned.
It must be said that in a group like this, his predecessor Roberto Mancini would probably have qualified too.
Bayern Munich are excellent, but Viktoria Plzen are limited and while CSKA boast a number of good players, they are a mediocre team at best.
Nevertheless, this was a proud night for the man from Chile.
Two goals from Seydou Doumbia took the gloss off the result and further highlighted City’s vulnerability in the absence of Vincent Kompany, but don’t expect that to quell the celebrations.
Not only did City reaffirm the view that they have one of the most potent attacks on the continent, but also with two games still to play, City are the first English side to reach the last 16.
After their first clash in Russia last month, there is bad blood between these two teams.