Manchester City 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: 5 Talking Points
On another exciting Champions League night at the Etihad, Manchester City emerged as the worthy winners, beating Ukranian heavyweights Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0. Though Shakhtar remain favourites to qualify for the next round, they really can cause an upset by the time the group stages come to an end.
After a strong first half from both sides, Kevin De Bruyne broke the deadlock with a sweet volley from outside the box early in the second-half. Shakhtar looked menacing at times, but City made sure they never found the back of the net.
Sergio Aguero had the chance to be the joint all-time top scorer for the Citizens, but a penalty denied by Pyatov means he will have to wait till the weekend to achieve the feat. Substitutes Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva combined to ensure City won 2-0 in the last minute.
Here are five talking points from the game at Etihad.
#5: The scoreline could have been better
Although City have bagged the three points, they could have done it with a better goal difference. Guardiola's team had been rampant in the Premier League after scoring a whopping 16 goals in just 3 appearances in September. The Citizens also kept a clean-sheet in their 4-0 win versus Dutch side Feyenoord in the first Champions League fixture.
The first-half was far too tedious for Manchester City to score and take the lead at home. Yet, there's no denying the fact that the game could have been put to bed way early in the second-half.
Forwards Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both seemed relatively quiet in the game. Aguero had two good chances with a penalty and a sleek David Silva lob but failed to score for City. Gabriel Jesus was withdrawn early in the 55th minute after failing to make a mark as Raheem Sterling entered the fray.
In the first 45 minutes, Sane created a fantastic chance but missed the far post by a few inches.The second-half saw a host of chances with Aguero missing the penalty and Sterling missing the net after a low cross from De Bruyne. Just back from another injury, Ilkay Gundogan set up Leroy Sane with a swift through ball but his German teammate failed to convert it.
Looking at the rued opportunities, Man City could have easily beaten Shakhtar by three or four goals to nil.