Edin Dzeko scored twice in the opening 12 minutes as Manchester City completed a routine 3-0 win over Aris at Eastlands to book a Europa League last-16 clash with Dynamo Kiev.
After unleashing his own battery of strikers on a limited Greek outfit, Blues boss Roberto Mancini now faces a great of the past in Andriy Shevchenko.
It will not be easy judging by the way Dynamo so comfortably crushed Besiktas but with his side beginning another winning run, Mancini will be hopeful of further progress, even if an FA Cup draw with Aston Villa next Wednesday would force the Blues to play twice in three days ahead of the first leg in the Ukraine on March 10.
Certainly, Dzeko can approach the tie in confident mood after claiming his first brace since a £27million arrival from Wolfsburg last month.
The giant Bosnian opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a perfectly-placed right-footed shot into the bottom-left corner, before finding the same part of the goal five minutes later with a curling left-footed effort.
City eased off the gas thereafter and saw Vincent Kompany leave the field with a hip injury. However, their progress was confirmed with 15 minutes remaining as Yaya Toure's 25-yarder flew past Michail Sifakis with the aid of a sizeable deflection.