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Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium

FT
Etihad Stadium Referee : Viktor Kassai
7th November 2018 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 6 Manchester City

    • ‘13' David Silva
    • ‘24' Gabriel Jesus (Pen)
    • ‘48' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘72' Gabriel Jesus (Pen)
    • ‘84' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘92' Gabriel Jesus
  • 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

#mancity

Commentary By Caroline Oatway

23:06

That's a wrap!

Righto, that's your lot from me!

Thanks as always for joining us on this remarkable night.

One step closer to the last 16 with another comprehensive performance across the pitch - and the perfect preparation for Sunday's Manchester derby.

Stay tuned to mancity.com for more post-match reaction and build-up to the weekend's mouth-watering clash!

Until then, check out the match and player stats and enjoy the rest of your evening!

Sleep tight, Blues...

22:26

Guardiola:

"Tonight, we are not going to think too much about the derby. We are going to enjoy that [victory].

"After the defeat to Lyon and the goal in the first minute in Germany, it was so complicated.

"We have reacted really well. We are in a good position but it is not done.

"We have to keep focused on what we have to do. Tomorrow, we will start to focus on United."


22:25

Guardiola:

"I am really happy. We made again an incredible performance in the way we attack and defend.

"The only problem is if we believe it is easy - it's not.

"We are unfortunate not to have qualified but we are so close. We need to keep and maintain that level."


22:23

Pep Guardiola (on Gabriel Jesus' hat-trick):

"It's important. Strikers live for goals but the quality of Gabriel is that it doesn't matter what happens - he always fights.

"You cannot have any regrets. At 2-0, he had another clear option (which he missed) but he continued to fight and help us.

"We need all the guys for the rest of the season. It is important for his confidence and for the rest of the team."

22:08

Raheem Sterling:

"It was a massive win. The Lyon match [the home defeat in September] was one of those wake-up calls - you lose the ball and these good teams can punish you."

[On the first penalty decision]: "I went to chip the ball and don't know what happened. I didn't feel contact.

"I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref."

22:04

Full-time scores:

CSKA Moscow 1-2 Roma

Valencia 3-1 Young Boys

Bayern Munich 2-0 AEK

Benfica 1-1 Ajax

Juventus 1-2 Man United

Lyon 2-2 Hoffenheim

Plzen 0-5 Madrid

21:54

Full-time in Lyon

A remarkable, dramatic comeback for Hoffenheim means we haven't qualified for the last 16 tonight!

Impressive to come back from 2-0 down there with ten men!

21:48

Gorgeous from Gab!

The Brazilian completes his treble in sumptuous fashion with an exquisite chip over Pyatov, which nestles cutely into the bottom corner.

That'll do his confidence a world of good - and what a way to end a fantastic night at the Etihad!

88'

Ohhhh!

Almost a second for Sterling, as Mahrez plays a wonderful through-ball into the winger's path. The England man beats the 'keeper but it's scrambled away as he looks to tap into an empty net!
84'

Well-worked - and wonderful!

A superb team move, as Gabriel Jesus plays Gundogan through. The German lofts the ball to the backpost, where the Algerian controlled beautifully and struck a half-volley under Pyatov.

A party goal!

Open
78'

Double Shakhtar change...

Maycon and Taison are brought off for the visitors, in place of Wellington Nem and Alan Patrick.

That causes some hysteria in the stands.

Chants of "There's only one Alan!" ring around the Etihad. 

If you know, you know...

68'

In other news...

Juventus have just taken the lead against United.

No prizes for guessing who bagged it!

Also, ten-man Hoffenheim have pulled a goal back at Lyon.

54'

Mesmerising

That was sumptuous from David Silva, as he weaved his way into the box - through four defenders!

Looked to have been upended at the end but nothing doing...

Moments later, Bernardo Silva tries his luck down the same side and his cross deflects up and bounces wide of the far post.

48'

A beauty!

Well, that didn't take long!

Sterling with a trademark cut inside and a glorious curling effort into the far corner.

Game, set and match?

HT

Champions League scores:

CSKA Moscow 1-2 Roma (FT)

Valencia 3-1 Young Boys (FT)

Bayern Munich 1-0 AEK

Benfica 1-0 Ajax

Juventus 0-0 Man United

Lyon 2-0 Hoffenheim

Plzen 0-4 Real Madrid

HT

HALF-TIME

An that's your lot for the opening 45. A pleasing half for the Blues.

Should results stay the same, we will qualify or the last 16 tonight!

40'

Blues control

City well on top here and looking for a third. Shakhtar seeking joy on the counter-attack but the hosts are extinguishing every venture forward.

24'

A stroke of fortune

Well, it has to be said: that is so harsh on Shakhtar. 

In real time, it looked a certain penalty but actually, Sterling kicked the ground and tripped over - there was no contact.

Matviyenko - the closest defender - was undeservedly punished.

We'll take it...

13'

MAGIC!

El Mago does bag for the third successive European game, as Mahrez twists and turns down the right before delivering the perfect cross for the Spaniard to tap in from close range.

GET IN!

Open
11'

Early exchanges

A fast-paced but largely uneventful start to this one.

City have been flagged offside a few times, while Shakhtar have gone closest so far as Ederson thwarts Moraes.

19:54

Flagged it!

This bears no relevance to anyone's life but I have to share it with you: one of the flagbearers pitchside, in front of the press box, just got stuck in his 15ft flag. It blew behind him and wrapped him in a City cocoon.

He thought no-one noticed... but I did. And it was a glorious sight.

19:38

Kyle Walker:

“Last season, we had a great chance [to win the Champions League.

“We came up against Liverpool, who were on fire, and we had two ten minutes of madness in the first game that let it go for us.

“I feel we've learnt from that. They were good lessons to learn. Hopefully, we can take it into this campaign and really come with the front foot forward.

“[We learned about] the standard in Champions League knock-out games.

"Each and every game is just important. For me, going to Anfield, we could have gone there and got a draw but we had to come back to the Etihad and play them on our home turf [chasing a 3-0 deficit].

“That’s something I hope to take into this season."

19:28

Ahem...

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, fear not: no-one ever does... but if you require some explanation, search: 'You've been Tangoed*' on YouTube.

*(Other soft beverages are available).

19:18

Stat City

18:34

Looking ahead

Of course, we also have the not-so-small matter of the Manchester Derby on Sunday. Will that affect tonight's squad selection?

Decisions, decisions...

18:32

Just under 15 minutes...

...to team news.

How many changes do you expect will be made - if any? Will we see a return for Ilkay Gundogan, or Nicolas Otamendi? Will Sergio Aguero start?

All will be revealed at 6:45pm...

18:28

Group F form

City are top of the Group F table; Shakhtar are bottom - four points behind the Blues.

Having opened with an unexpected 2-1 loss at home to Lyon, City won by the same scoreline at Hoffenheim in their second fixture with David Silva scoring the winning goal in the 87th minute.

The Blues then secured a 3-0 win over Fonseca's side to move to the summit of the table, just one point ahead of Lyon.

Shakhtar's first two games both finished 2-2 against Lyon and Hoffenheim, before missing out to City at the Metalist stadium.

18:09

Another night under the floodlights...

The games are coming thick and fast now - and this one could be crucial.

A win tonight (coupled with a Hoffenheim defeat to Lyon) would send City through to the knock-out stages - and with two Group F matches to spare.

That could prove significant in the coming weeks in terms of squad rotation opportunities during a busy festive period. Plus, it eases the pressure.

18:00

Good evening!

A very warm welcome from the Etihad Stadium, where your media team are in position for tonight's Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.

12:40

Team news

Pep Guardiola says he has close to a fully fit squad as Manchester City prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Both Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi are fit and in contention to play, leaving only Kevin De Bruyne, Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala as absentees.

Gundogan has been out for five weeks with a hamstring injury, while Otamendi hasn’t played since the 3-0 win over Shakhtar in Ukraine a fortnight ago after suffering a knock.

“They are ready,” he said. “Except Kevin and Manga, they are ready.”

Other games that day

  • CSKA Moscow1
    Roma2
    FT
  • Valencia CF3
    Young Boys1
    FT
  • Benfica1
    Ajax1
    FT
  • Viktoria Plzen0
    Real Madrid5
    FT
  • Lyon2
    TSG 1899 Hoffenheim2
    FT
  • FC Bayern München2
    AEK Athens0
    FT
  • Juventus1
    Manchester United2
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Lyon 4 +1 6
3 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4 -1 3
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 4 -9 2
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