Manchester City, virtually in eighths with a set against Shakhtar

Manchester City, virtually in eighths with a set against Shakhtar

2018 Nov 8

Manchester City virtually secured the qualification for the round of 16 thanks to a very comfortable win against Shakhtar Donetsk starring Gabriel Jesus, who won a hat-trick with two goals from the penalty spot (6-0). The citizens must fight now against Lyon for the first position of the group, but Guardiola's become the first English team to qualify mathematically for the next round of the competition.

From the first minute Manchester City was clear that there was no room for speculation. Losing today could have opened the doors to Shakhtar to re-enter the classification for the last 16 and have left things much easier for Lyon to take the first position. But Guardiola's men knew how to get out to control the game by, as usual, possession of the ball and dominance of the game.

The first goal was not long in coming and in the 13th minute David Silva put the English ahead thanks to a good play made by Mahrez in the band that allowed him to push the ball to Pyatov's net. The Ukrainians were barely stirring before the dominance of the locals, who had to regain the strength at home in Champions after losing their last three meetings in Etihad by 1-2.

Ten minutes later, Sterling was the one who confirmed the dominance of the premises simulating a penalty that did not come into existence and that ended up turning, with a previous deception in the throw, Gabriel Jesus from the eleven meters. The Brazilian was the surprise today in the eleven entering by Agüero, and needed a match like this to claim and try to recover little by little the ground lost to the Argentine.

At the end of the break, the English winger was able to convert a play that was made by beating several rivals and getting a great shot that Pyatov could not do anything about. Shortly after Gabriel Jesús scored again from the eleven meters, Mahrez scored a pass from Gündogan in the final minutes, and the Brazilian closed his hat-trick with a shot from outside the area to sign the final 6-0 that allows Manchester City ensure qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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