Manchester City dominate in first Champions League game!
Guardiola made 4 changes to his starting line-up, with the centre of defence being the main problem for him after John Stones was injured in training. Fernandinho was his replacement. De Bruyne and Mahrez also came in and Gabriel Jesus started in place of Sergio Aguero. Manchester City went into this game off the back of a shock 3-2 defeat against Norwich City on Saturday, and were looking to come back fighting in this mid-week Champions League game
Shakhtar have never been beyond the last 8 and that was in 2011! These two teams have been drawn to face each other for the past 3 seasons consecutively. Both teams have started off their leagues well, with both teams unbeaten, the only difference is that Shakhtar are at the top of the Ukranian table
It all started off rather quiet, Manchester City were being their usual, dominating selves, having a lot of chances in the first part of the second half, which they could not manage to convert. Ederson had nothing to do, as Shakhtar Donetsk did not really put any pressure on or have a real shot. The first goal came in the 23rd minute.
Gundogan's initial shot from the penalty arc hit the bar, the deflection of the post came right to Mahrez who managed to slot it into the back of the net! A goal which City had been demanding in the first 20 minutes of the game and which gave them an important lead. Shakhtar had a lot to do if they wanted to get anything out of it after this point.
The second goal game in the 37th minute, after a simple and effective ball from Mahrez to Gundogan, who just slotted the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net. This was a display of smooth dominance by City and it was Gundogan's first Champion's League goal.
At the end of 1 minute of added time, the teams went off and City were obviously the happiest with the first half result and performance, in a half in which they had been very clinical and not given Shakhtar many chances to get into the game.
During the second half, it was all mainly Manchester City, chance after chance threatened Shakhtar, who didn't really know what to do and started to play in a very demoralised fashion. It was almost like a training session for City as they were skilfully dominating.
The third and final goal came in the 75th minute. De Bruyne got the assist after City made a run all the way to the other end of the pitch, on the counter, Gabriel Jesus was onside and just had the keeper to deal with! They should have scored a lot more in this game as they had chance after chance but just couldn't finish them correctly.
Full time saw Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk with 3 goals to 0 in what was a game of pure domination. The first English winners in this year's Champions League. Just too good in the end.