- Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City saw Riyad Mahrez net the opener as Citizens thrash Miners' 3-0
- Gundogan extended Man City advantage with a cool finish from Mahrez assist
- Gabriel Jesus netted City’s third goal in the 76th minute as the EPL champions claimed a vital away win
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City saw the Citizens hammer the home side 3-0 in their Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday night, September 18, at the Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist.
The encounter which was City’s first since their shocking defeat to Norwich last weekend, saw the Premier League champions show their intent right from the start, as they kick-start another quest to win the Champion League.
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After three minutes of action, Man City came close to scoring from an early free kick, but Kevin De Bruyne cross into the box appeared too much for Rodri to nod home.
Man City continued dictating the pace through both wings as The Miners struggled to get into the match.
In the 21st minute, Mahrez was close to breaking the deadlock with a curling shot, but his effort narrowly missed target by whiskers.
Three minutes later, Gundogan strike towards goal could only hit the post, but Mahrez was spot on to finish with a tap into the net for the game’s opener.
In the 33rd minute, Sterling came close to netting City’s second goal after couple of passes created space for the Three Lions forward, but Pyatov was on hand to make a save.
Moments later, Moraes had an opportunity to level scores Shakhtar, but Ederson City’s shot-stopper was on hand to save with his chest.
On the dot of 38 minutes, Gundogan extended Man City advantage, with a cool finish from Mahrez assist.
Gundogan skillfully played the ball into before slotting it past past Pyatov.
After one minute of stoppage time, City took their precious two-goal lead into the break, with the scoreboard reading Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 Manchester City.
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In the second half, the home side tried to get back into the contest, but City held on to their lead.
With 14 minutes left on the clock, Gabriel Jesus netted City’s third goal off Bruyne's assist, to see the Pep Guardiola’s side claim a resounding 3-0 at the blast of the final whistle.
However, Dinamo Zagreb's 4-0 bashing of Italian side Atalanta in Croatia, saw the Premier League champions remain on group log courtesy of one-goal deficit.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Jose Mourinho has outclassed the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola to emerge the highest-spending football manager on transfers’ record books.
According to Sportbible citing Transfermarkt, the 56-year-old Portuguese tactician, who is yet to land a new job since he was sent parking by Manchester United in December 2018, has coughed out the most cash, splashing out a massive €1.6bn on 97 signings.
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