De Bruyne was on target for the Red Devils in a 2-1 win over Wales, while Ake put in an assured display at the heart of the Dutch defence as they came away from Warsaw with a 2-0 triumph against Poland.
The midfielder found a pocket of space on the edge of the visiting box and, after receiving a pass from Michy Batshuayi, found the bottom corner with a composed first-time finish on his left foot.
He turned from scorer to provider just under half an hour later, combining once again with Fenerbahce forward Batshuayi to hand Roberto Martinez’s men a commanding position.
And De Bruyne continued to be in the thick of the action, initially winning a penalty after referee Ali Palabiyik judged the midfielder to have been brought down by Joe Morrell, but the decision was rightly overturned.
The Netherlands enter Sunday’s tie with De Bruyne’s Belgium in the driver’s seat, knowing they simply have to avoid defeat to reach the semi-finals of this year’s Nations League.
Kick-off is scheduled for 19:45 (UK), and you can find out how our City stars get on with a match report soon after the final whistle right here on mancity.com and the official Man City app.
source: Manchester City FC