Fernandinho made a successful transition from midfield to defence as injury-hit Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in Ukraine.
Bernardo Silva sat out with "little muscular problems" at West Ham, but Manchester City called on Riyad Mahrez after his early return.
Pep Guardiola has named Rodri in his first starting XI of the new Premier League season.
Pep Guardiola explained Riyad Mahrez had been tested after missing the Community Shield triumph to avoid the risk of failing a doping test.
Pep Guardiola did not risk Riyad Mahrez against Liverpool to avoid any complications with the winger's medicine and doping control.
Match-winner Riyad Mahrez revelled in Algeria's progress to the AFCON decider following a dramatic semi-final.
Senegal will play Algeria in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final after Riyad Mahrez scored a free-kick in the 95th minute.
Riyad Mahrez has enjoyed a solid Africa Cup of Nations campaign, but Ivory Coast boss Ibrahim Kamara recognises he is not their only threat.
Algeria will face either Ivory Coast or Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations last eight after seeing off Guinea in comfortable fashion.
Manchester City have broken their transfer record for the seventh time since Sheikh Mansour's takeover with the signing of Rodri.