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Man City near last 16 after record Champions League win

Raheem Sterling

Manchester City recorded their biggest win in the Champions League as they thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk - but an injury-time goal in the other group match meant they must wait to secure qualification for the last 16.

Pep Guardiola's side are top of Group F and were heading into the next phase, until 10-man Hoffenheim came from 2-0 down and scored a 92nd-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Lyon.

But City will qualify as group winners with one game to spare if they beat Lyon in France on Tuesday, 27 November.

A hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus, including a bizarre penalty, and goals from David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling gave City a 6-0 win, eclipsing their 5-0 away success against Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of a play-off tie in August 2016.

How the goals went in

City captain Silva opened the scoring with a tap-in after Mahrez had twisted to create space for a low cross, before the hosts doubled their lead in strange circumstances.

Sterling fell over as he kicked the ground under no challenge and referee Viktor Kassai wrongly awarded the penalty, which Jesus converted for the first of his three goals.

There was no doubt about City's third goal as Sterling ran at the visiting defence and curled a shot past goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov from the edge of the penalty area.

Kassai did get one penalty decision correct as Silva was clumsily brought down by Taras Stepanenko before Jesus scored his second penalty of the evening to make it 4-0.

Mahrez then did well to control a pass from Ilkay Gundogan on his chest and shooting past Pyatov for City's fifth goal, before Jesus sealed his hat-trick from Mahrez's pass.

That looked to have been enough to take City into the knockout stages of the competition for a sixth successive season before Hoffenheim's late equaliser cut the celebrations short.

A laughable penalty

The main talking point came in the 24th minute when Kassai - who refereed the 2011 Champions League final, in which Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 - stunned both City and Shakhtar by awarding a penalty.

England international Sterling had raced into the area and was a few yards clear of Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko. As goalkeeper Pyatov came off his line to narrow the angle, Sterling went to shoot but kicked the ground and tumbled over.

Sterling did not appeal for a penalty and Pyatov started laughing when he saw it had been given. City boss Pep Guardiola appeared to tell the fourth official that it was the wrong decision.

Nevertheless, Jesus converted the spot-kick - his first goal in seven club appearances - to end the game as a contest and from then on it became a question of just how many they would score.

City won 3-0 away against Shakhtar on 23 October and they doubled that score against a Shakhtar side that were completely outclassed by the Premier League leaders.

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling
Shakhtar
Gabriel Jesus

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forDaniloat 61'minutes
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forDelphat 76'minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forGündoganat 73'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 3Danilo
  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Agüero
  • 18Delph
  • 19Sané
  • 30Otamendi
  • 49Muric

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • 30Pyatov
  • 22Matvyenko
  • 4Krivtsov
  • 44Rakitskiy
  • 31dos Santos
  • 27de Andrade BarberanSubstituted forLourencoat 77'minutes
  • 6Stepanenko
  • 74Kovalenko
  • 7Barcellos FredaSubstituted forSilva Sanches Aguiarat 77'minutes
  • 50Bolbat
  • 10Ribeiro Moraes JuniorSubstituted forKayodeat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shevchenko
  • 2Butko
  • 5Khotcholava
  • 8Kayode
  • 9Dentinho
  • 21Lourenco
  • 23Silva Sanches Aguiar
Referee:
Viktor Kassai

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamShakhtar Donetsk
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 6, Shakhtar Donetsk 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 6, Shakhtar Donetsk 0.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 6, Shakhtar Donetsk 0. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a through ball following a fast break.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Attempt missed. Olarenwaju Kayode (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sergiy Bolbat.

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

Alan Patrick (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sergey Krivtsov.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 5, Shakhtar Donetsk 0. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan following a fast break.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Sergey Krivtsov (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Mykola Matvyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergey Krivtsov (Shakhtar Donetsk) because of an injury.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Alan Patrick (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Alan Patrick (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Alan Patrick replaces Maycon.

Substitution

Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Wellington Nem replaces Taison.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fabian Delph replaces Fernandinho.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus following a fast break.

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Danilo.

Foul by Danilo (Manchester City).

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces David Silva.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 4, Shakhtar Donetsk 0. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty Manchester City. David Silva draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ismaily.

Attempt missed. Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Danilo.

Substitution

Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Olarenwaju Kayode replaces Moraes.

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Danilo replaces Kyle Walker.

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

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