David Silva inspires Manchester City to brush aside Shakhtar Donetsk

Kharkiv is an unlikely holiday destination but, as midnight approached here and the final whistle blew, Pep Guardiola bore the serene look of a man who had just spent a week unwinding at a tropical resort.

David Silva’s scoring volley and creation of a second goal for Aymeric Laporte not only greatly enhanced Manchester City’s chances of escaping a tight group and progressing to the knockout stages but de-stressed their noticeably edgy coach. By the time substitute Bernardo Silva made it three courtesy of his first touch –namely a 20-yard shot which went in off a post - Guardiola’s technical area prowling was no longer reminiscent of a cat on a hot tin roof.

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