Champions League - Group C
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Champions League: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Man City

Ilkay Gundogan scores for Manchester City
Gundogan scored his first goal of the season for Manchester City

Manchester City bounced back from their shock Premier League defeat at Norwich by launching their Champions League campaign in style with a deserved victory at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Humbled at Carrow Road on Saturday evening, the English champions were imperious in Ukraine against an initially tenacious, but ultimately inferior, opponent.

Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring midway through the first half, firing into a largely empty net after Ilkay Gundogan's curling shot came back off the post.

Mahrez then turned provider for the onrushing German to toe-poke the ball past the helpless Andriy Pyatov and give the visitors a firm grip on the game - a grip they did not relinquish.

After spurning a number of good opportunities, including an untypically forgiving close-range effort from Raheem Sterling that struck the post, Gabriel Jesus gave the one-sided game a more fitting scoreline with a neat finish after Kevin de Bruyne's pass.

Only Dinamo Zagreb's 4-0 hammering of Italian side Atalanta in Croatia prevents Pep Guardiola's side topping the group.

City provide perfect riposte

Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus has scored four goals from six shots on target versus Shakhtar in the Champions League

City's 3-2 defeat by Norwich left them five points behind leaders Liverpool (the side they pipped to last season's title) with just five games played.

But they have the start they wanted in the Champions League - the only trophy Guardiola has yet to deliver to the Etihad - after arguably the toughest game of a group from which they are favourites to qualify.

There was little of the apprehensive defending on display in Norfolk and a far greater level of fluency and attacking verve as the home side's largely counter-attacking attempts were regularly repelled and their defence repeatedly unpicked.

Restored to the starting XI, De Bruyne was full of intelligent runs and passes to match, while the direct and pacy trio of Mahrez, Sterling and Jesus (who scored three against the same opponent in a 6-0 win last November) terrorised the home back four.

But for some wayward finishing, City could well have matched the scoreline they racked up against Shakhtar in that game at the Etihad a little under a year ago.

Regardless, City's recent dominance over a side who are their regular Champions League opponents continues, with this their fourth win in five encounters, the only defeat of which came in a dead rubber at the end of the group stage in 2017-18.

Fernandinho untroubled at the back

City have been plunged into something of a defensive injury crisis of late as a result of the muscle injury that has consigned John Stones to a spell on the sidelines alongside fellow centre-back Aymeric Laporte, who is out until the new year.

In their absence, Fernandinho - a midfielder by trade but long touted as a potential central defender by Guardiola - made the short move into the back four in Ukraine, alongside Nicolas Otamendi.

If, as expected, the Brazilian is to be the man to deputise at the back (and he hinted as much after the game by admitting he had been training as a defender since the start of the season), he will have sterner tests than this, but what he was required to do, he did well.

Two interceptions, two solid headers won and a passing accuracy of 90% make for a quietly efficient night.

Shakhtar's best opportunities fell to Junior Moraes, but after three times finding himself with just Edersen to beat he first struck the Brazilian's chest with a shot, then missed the ball completely with an attempted flick finish before floating a lob harmlessly off target after the City keeper had rushed out of his box.

They sent on wily and capable Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka and Brazilians Marcos Antonio and Dentinho but to zero alteration to the flow of the game.

Meanwhile, City were able to give Benjamin Mendy a first run-out of the season and some minutes to Joao Cancelo - a clear indication that while they currently lack depth in some defensive areas they are spoilt for choice in others.

Man of the match - Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)

Kevin de Bruyne (right)
Since the start of the 2017-18 Champions League campaign, only James Milner (10) has recorded more assists in the competition than Kevin de Bruyne (9)

City continue dominance over Shakhtar - stats

  • Shakhtar Donetsk have conceded 15 goals in their five meetings with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League; the most they've conceded against an opponent in the competition.
  • Manchester City have kept clean sheets in four of their five Champions League matches against Shakhtar Donetsk, double the amount than they have versus any other side.
  • Since the start of 2016-17 campaign, only Real Madrid (84) and Bayern Munich (72) have scored more Champions League goals than Pep Guardiola's Man City (71).
  • Shakhtar Donetsk have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 17 UEFA Champions League matches (36 goals conceded).
  • Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in seven goals in seven Champions League appearances for Man City (2 goals, 5 assists).

Line-ups

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • 30Pyatov
  • 50Bolbat
  • 4Krivtsov
  • 22Matvyenko
  • 31dos Santos
  • 21LourencoSubstituted forMarcos Antônioat 74'minutes
  • 6Stepanenko
  • 19SolomonSubstituted forKonoplyankaat 45'minutes
  • 11Marlos
  • 7Taison
  • 10Júnior MoraesSubstituted forDentinhoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shevchenko
  • 2Butko
  • 8Marcos Antônio
  • 9Dentinho
  • 15Konoplyanka
  • 20Kovalenko
  • 77Bondar

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forCanceloat 81'minutes
  • 30Otamendi
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 16RodriBooked at 29minsSubstituted forMendyat 83'minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 77'minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 9Gabriel Jesus

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 10Agüero
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 21Silva
  • 22Mendy
  • 27Cancelo
  • 50Garcia
Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias
Attendance:
36,675

Match Stats

Home TeamShakhtar DonetskAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Manchester City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Manchester City 3.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ismaily.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ismaily.

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Ismaily (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Benjamin Mendy replaces Rodrigo.

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

Sergiy Bolbat (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. João Cancelo replaces Kyle Walker.

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Marcos Antonio (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Dentinho replaces Moraes.

Goal!

Goal! Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Manchester City 3. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne following a fast break.

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Marcos Antonio replaces Alan Patrick.

Attempt blocked. Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mykola Matvyenko.

Rodrigo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Offside, Manchester City. Nicolás Otamendi tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ismaily.

Offside, Manchester City. Nicolás Otamendi tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sergey Krivtsov.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Moraes (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Shakhtar Donetsk. Taison tries a through ball, but Moraes is caught offside.

Foul by Rodrigo (Manchester City).

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ismaily.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Offside, Manchester City. Oleksandr Zinchenko tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Moraes (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Ismaily.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Club Bruges10100001
3Galatasaray10100001
4Real Madrid100103-30

B

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1Bayern Munich11003033
2Tottenham10102201
3Olympiakos10102201
4Red Star Belgrade100103-30

C

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2Man City11003033
3Shakhtar Donetsk100103-30
4Atalanta100104-40

D

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2Juventus10102201
3Atl Madrid10102201
4B Leverkusen100112-10

E

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2Napoli11002023
3Liverpool100102-20
4KRC Genk100126-40

F

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2Inter Milan10101101
3Barcelona10100001
4B Dortmund10100001

G

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1RB Leipzig11002113
2Zenit St Petersburg10101101
3Lyon10101101
4Benfica100112-10

H

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2Valencia11001013
3Chelsea100101-10
4Lille100103-30
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