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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City at Metalist Stadium

Metalist Stadium Referee : Carlos del Cerro Grande
23rd October 2018 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘30' David Silva
    • ‘35' Aymeric Laporte
    • ‘70' Bernardo Silva


Commentary By Rob Pollard



"I've come here and seen so many faces and friends. I'm glad to be back here. It was an important game for us. They have a lot of good, attacking players. They make the game so hard."


David Silva

"We could have scored a lot of goals. We scored three and we had a lot of chances, so we are happy with three points. 

"I think we are playing better every game. We need to improve a little bit more but we are in a good way. If we play like this, we will get more points.

“The Champions League is difficult, and this is tough place to come but we did really well today, so we are happy.

“It’s a long way to come and they support all the games so we are with them (the fans) all the way.”



"The team was good last season. The guys did fantastic, the locker room was always in the right position.

"Last season was outstanding - the results, the way we played, every player makes effort. That’s why we are in that position."


Pep on tonight's result

"Europe 0-3. First half we were outstanding. A very good performance.

"Second half they push a lot with five six players in front. It was complicated but every time we regained the ball and ran.

"We have recovered with the result in Germany and here. It’s in our hands."


Every single City player still hassling and harrying Shakhtar players whenever we lose the ball. Effort and desire not waning, despite the game looking won. 


We won it inside our own half. Bernardo raced forward, played a one-two with Mahrez, and then shoots, 18 yards out, and the ball goes in off the post. 


Good one-two from Silva and Sterling. Sterling skips past two challenges as he cuts inside but Fernando blocks him off. Ball almost runs into Jesus' path but Shakhtar clear it. 


Shakhtar corner came in, the ball ricocheted around but City not only got it clear, we flew forward on the counter., Sterling played Mahrez through. He looked certain to score but his effort went wide. 


Great cushioned touch from Mahrez for De Bruyne to run onto. He gets there and tries to cross across the box but it's deflected and the 'keeper claims. 


Mendy's cross finds Silva, whose first touch sends the ball in the air, he then improvises and overhead kick and it hits the top of the bar! Clever from Silva. 



“Yeah, of course we want to win,” said Zinchenko.

“It's important for us, especially after the first game against Lyon. We are ready for tomorrow. We have prepared well for Shakhtar.

“We all know they are a good team from our games against them last season.

"They’ve lost some players – Bernard and Darijo Srna – but we must be ready and prepare ourselves because they are a dangerous side, especially at home."


Pep on season so far

“Quite good. We have to analyse where we come from but I don’t have many complaints about that – even the games in which we dropped points, I thought we were quite good.

“For the first 45 minutes against Lyon, we were not like usual. I don’t have complaints. When I have complaints, I tell them, I haven’t told them so far.

“When you see them every single day, it’s not about how I say my words. Just about watching the players. When we watch them play every single minute, that is the best demonstration that they enjoy playing football.

“[We have to] Learn from that [game against Lyon]. When you play one season and you play against tough opponents – normally in the Champions League, the level is much higher than in local competitions. It looks easy, but it’s not.

“When you achieve something, it looks easy. It’s not. When you win games by a big result, it looks easy. It’s not. Learn from that.

“You have still 12 points to play for. It’s in our hands to go through to the next stage and compete and to make something in this competition, you have to live these kind of situations."


Pep on Fernandinho

“Ferna would make any manager the happiest or luckiest in the world.

“Everything is respected – he shows respect. He is open to improvement and he keeps everything.

“He is a joy to have as a player – he is very special. He will always be a special player for me to work alongside.”


The Ukrainian club's first two games both finished 2-2, Shakhtar twice coming from behind to draw with Hoffenheim on matchday one – the latter's UEFA Champions League debut – before letting slip a two-goal lead at Lyon. 


Shakhtar latest...

• Shakhtar began this season with a 1-0 loss to Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Super Cup on 21 July.

• That and the 1-0 loss against the same opponents in Kyiv on 3 August are the only domestic games Shakhtar have lost this season.

• The Pitmen are undefeated in their last 11 games in all competitions, winning 1-0 against Desna Chernihiv on Friday thanks to Maycon's 88th-minute free-kick. Shakhtar had had Olarenwaju Kayode sent off midway through the second half.

• Shakhtar have scored 26 goals in their last nine league games, conceding five.

• The Desna win was Andriy Pyatov's 400th game for Shakhtar.

• Summer arrival Júnior Moraes has scored 12 goals in 15 games for Shakhtar in all competitions.

• Pyatov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Mykola Matviyenko, Taras Stepanenko and Marlos all started Ukraine's 1-0 defeat of the Czech Republic on 16 October that secured them first place in Group B1 of the UEFA Nations League.

• David Khocholava played all of Georgia's 3-0 victory in Latvia that sealed promotion to League C.

• Viktor Kovalenko scored Ukraine's final goal in a 3-1 home defeat of Scotland in 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying on 12 October.

• Captain Taison injured a knee in the 1-1 draw with Zorya on 7 October and is expected to miss the City game; Ivan Ordets has not played this season because of a thigh complaint.


Starting Eleven 

31. Ederson 

5. John Stones

7. Raheem Sterling 

14. Aymeric Laporte 

17. Kevin De Bruyne 

21. David Silva (C)

22. Benjamin Mendy

25. Fernandinho

26. Riyad Mahrez

30. Nicolas Otamendi 

33. Gabriel Jesus



 49. Aro Muric

2. Kyle Walker 

4. Vincent Kompany 

10. Sergio Agüero 

19. Leroy Sané 

20. Bernardo Silva

47. Phil Foden



Shakhtar's record European defeat was a 7-0 loss at Guardiola's Bayern München in the 2014/15 round of 16. The Pitmen lost four of their five fixtures against Barcelona when Guardiola was in charge, including the 2009 UEFA Super Cup (0-1).

Fernandinho was a Shakhtar player between 2005 and 2013 when he left for City, scoring 31 goals in 183 league outings. He was named Ukraine's Premier League player of the year in 2007/08, and amassed six league titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.

Fernandinho's Shakhtar team-mates included Andriy Pyatov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Taras Stepanenko, Taison, Alan Patrick and Dentinho.

In March 2018 Olarenwaju Kayode moved to Shakhtar from City on loan, which was made permanent on 8 June 2018.

Oleksandr Zinchenko came through the ranks at Shakhtar but departed for City in July 2016 without making a senior appearance.

Danilo and Nicolás Otamendi played under current Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca at Porto in 2013/14.

International team-mates:

Taison, Ismaily & Fernandinho, Ederson, Danilo, Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) 

Andriy Pyatov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Taras Stepanenko, Viktor Kovalenko, Marlos, Bohdan Butko, Ivan Ordets, Mykola Matviyenko & Olexandr Zinchenko (Ukraine)



This will be the third meeting between Shakhtar Donetsk and City, with the sides having also faced off in the group stages of the Champions League last season.


Pep on CL

"We are going to put in all effort to win this competition, but from what I saw last season we are not ready, that's what I feel.

"That doesn't mean we are not going to try."


Paulo Fonseca

"We will need to pay attention to all the players in the City team. They are very strong players and any of them can give us problems.

"We know it is going to be difficult and we will probably have to suffer a bit without the ball, but we will try to find ways to play our game and attack.

"Our principles remain the same, no matter who we play against. It doesn't matter who we are playing against - Manchester City or any other team."


Potential landmark

Sergio Aguero will make his 50th Champions League appearance for City if he plays at any stage this evening. He will also become the leading scorer for an English club in the Champions League if he scores two more goals.


Home comforts?

Oleks Zinchenko is targeting a happy homecoming, having spent five years with Shakhtar's youth team before joining Ufa and then City.

“We all know they are a good team from our games against them last season," he said.

"They’ve lost some players – Bernard and Darijo Srna – but we must be ready and prepare ourselves because they are a dangerous side, especially at home.

“It was a great team [when I played]. I had a great coach. The time I spent in Shakhtar was one of the best times of my life.

“Would I celebrate if I scored? It’s a very good question. Let’s see what the game brings!”


Ace Laporte

Pep Guardiola believes it is only a matter of time until Aymeric Laporte is called-up to France’s senior squad.

The defender, who has played the most outfield minutes for City this season, has earned plenty of acclaim for his impressive displays – but is yet to be recognised on the international stage at first-team level.

Guardiola asserts the 24-year-old is deserving of the chance, but admits City have been enjoying the benefit of Club focus for the Frenchman.

“You never know,” the manager told press.

“Laporte is not selected but he will be selected. It is difficult to find a better left central defender than him in the world.”


Back in business

A very good morning, Blues!

Champions League football is back, as City face Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine tonight. Kick-off is at 8pm BST.

It's a crucial game for both sides so it's bound to be a cracker!

As always, we'll have all the behind-the-scenes build-up, plus minute-by-minute coverage and post-match reaction right here. Get in touch on Twitter @ManCity and share your thoughts ahead of the game...