Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Manchester City – Cityzens top group after another dominant performance

David Silva followed up his late winner against Hoffenheim with another slick finish in Ukraine as Manchester City emerged 3-0 winners over Shakhtar Donetsk.

After seeing an earlier effort come back off the post, the Spaniard struck on the half hour mark when Benjamin Mendy’s touch saw the ball spiral into Silva’s path and the midfielder guided the ball acutely inside the far post.

And just five minutes later, City made it two nil. More pressure from the visitors forced a corner, the returning Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a wicked delivery and Americ Laporte stooped to head the ball into the back of the net to put the Cityzens in cruise control.

Pep Guardiola’s men lost this fixture in last season’s campaign, but a repeat never looked likely.

The Premier League champions dominated the match from start to finish and could have been two or three to the good before Silva’s opener.

Fed nicely by Raheem Sterling, Ryad Mahrez dragged his shot agonisingly wide of the upright before Gabriel Jesus and Sterling himself saw their goal-bound efforts well blocked.

The home side simply couldn’t get near Man City’s quick, decisive passing and remained on the back foot for the remainder of the first half as Jesus again went close as the interval approached.

Despite their dominance, City had to wait until the 70th minute to beat Pyatov in the Donetsk goal for the third time.

Little over a minute after replacing Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva found the net with a delightful strike, finishing off a swift break.

Having defended the first real spell of pressure from the hosts, City broke at pace. Surging down the right hand side, Ryad Mahrez collected the ball and drove at the defence before laying the ball off to Silva.

The Portugal international took the ball in his stride and beat two defenders before whipping his shot low into the bottom left corner, sealing all three points and sending City top of the group in the process; courtesy of a last-minute Hoffenheim equlaiser in their 3-3 draw at home to Lyon.

Having enjoyed the best goal-scoring start to a campaign of his career, Sterling again came close when he crashed a shot onto the crossbar as the clock ticked over into added time, but his wait for a first Champions League goal of the season continues.

Next up for City, they have a long weekend to look forward to as they face Tottenham Hotspur in what is expected to be Spurs’ last league game at the national stadium.

Ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, the Merseyside club host Cardiff on Saturday, Guardiola’s men know that only a win will ensure that they maintain their presence at the summit of the Premier League table.


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