- Man City thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in a Group F Champions League showdown
- David Silva netted a volley and Laporte added the second with a header as Man City ended the first stanza in a high
- Super-sub Bernardo Silva put the game beyond Shakhtar in the second-half after replacing Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City defeated home side Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in a Group F Champions League cracker on Tuesday, October 23, courtesy of David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva goals.
The encounter at the Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, saw the Pep Guardiola tutored-side took the lead after 30 minutes, via their Spanish playmaker, who hammed home a volley with a decent technique with Shakhtar Donetsk’s defence line struggling to clear their lines.
After the opener, the Citizens kept the pressure and on the 35 minute they were rewarded with another goal after Laporte rose highest to nod home a Kevin De Bruyne corner.
Indeed , Laporte's goal ensured Man City were in complete total control of the Group F tie, with Shakhtar offering next to nothing as half time approached.
On the 42 minute, Shakhtar nearly had an opportunity to stage a comeback from a corner, but the cross flew past the face of goal without a Shakhtar player on sight to apply the final touch.
After the glorious opportunity, Man City held on to see the first stanza end on the high, but that had to wait until another chance for the third goal was also missed in the added time.
Brazil star Gabriel Jesus added too much bend on his goal attempt ended a yard off target. As the Citizens have settled for a 2-0 lead away from home.
In the second stanza, Man City continued from where they left off as Riyad Mahrez and David Silva held sway in the midfield.
Despite catalogue of misses Man City finally got their third goal of the night on the 70 minute after super-sub Bernardo Silva, who replaced Kevin De Bruyne scored just after two minutes to put the game beyond Shakhtar.
Man City had other glorious chances to increase the goals tally, while their host also had theirs, but none of them counted as the match ended 3-0 in favour of the Premier League champions.
With the performance in Ukraine, Man City are back in contention for the Champions League as they moved top of Group F with 6 points while Lyon are on second spot with 5 points.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that as hostilities resume in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24, football lovers will be looking forward to see how the matches pan out.
No doubt, the boys are gradually being separated from the men as the journey to the June 1, 2019 final at Atlético's home – the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid gets tougher.
Legit.ng in this report highlights 6 pairings of matchday three that lovers of the game would not like to miss out.
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