Gabriel Jesus scores controversial penalty in Manchester City victory

A second six-goal performance inside a week took Manchester City to the brink of qualification for the Champions league knockout stage – but for Hoffenheim’s late equaliser they would have become the first team to go through with this victory – it was just a pity the night will be remembered for a Norman Wisdom pratfall rather than the football produced to smother Shakhtar Donetsk.

Raheem Sterling did his best to make amends with a fine individual goal at the start of the second half but the penalty he was awarded to break Shakhtar hearts in the first half was a travesty, the kind of thing that simple should not happen in a competition of this calibre. VAR would have overturned the decision at once, or at least as soon as the review panel had stopped laughing.

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