Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Manchester City: David Silva and Bernardo Silva score
David Silva and Bernardo Silva both scored as Manchester City eased to a 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday.
David Silva volleyed in the opener after 30 minutes and Aymeric Laporte headed in from a corner shortly afterwards.
Bernardo Silva rounded off the scoring when he made it 3-0 in the 70th minute, less than 90 seconds after coming off the bench to replace Kevin De Bruyne, who was making his first start of the season.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov (5), Matviienko (5), Kryvtsov (5), Rakitskiy (5), Ismaily (5), Maycon (5), Stepanenko (5), Wellington Nem (5), Kovalenko (5), Fernando (5), Moraes (5)
Subs: Bolbat (5), Dentinho (5), Patrick (5)
Man City: Ederson (6), Laporte (7), Mendy (7), Stones (7), Otamendi (6), Fernandinho (7), De Bruyne (6), David Silva (8), Mahrez (6), Sterling (6), Jesus (6)
Subs: Bernardo Silva (7), Walker (5), Foden (5)
Man of the match: David Silva
The win moves City top of Group F after Hoffenheim scored late to snatch a 3-3 draw against Lyon.
While far tougher tests will lie ahead for City, this was an impressive response to Pep Guardiola’s pre-match remarks that his side still lack “something special” to win the Champions League.
City were dominant in the first half and should have scored before David Silva broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark.
Gabriel Jesus was denied by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov while Riyad Mahrez shot wide and then saw a goal-bound effort blocked by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.
David Silva smacked the post from Mahrez’s cross before eventually rewarding City’s constant pressure by drilling a low volley past Pyatov in the 30th minute.
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Laporte headed in from a corner five minutes later, and City finished with 14 shots in the first half.
The visitors eased off slightly after the break but still had chances as David Silva saw a shot blocked and Mahrez twice went close.
Ederson was called into action for the first time in the 51st minute to push away an effort from Ismaily, but City added a third when substitute Bernardo Silva drove through the middle and finished with a low shot that went in off the post.
Raheem Sterling almost added a fourth late in the game as he crashed a shot against the bar.
Kevin De Bruyne made his first start since the third-place play-off at the World Cup, having returned from injury as a substitute against Burnley at the weekend. Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane dropped to the bench and Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling started.
- Manchester City are the first English side to win away at Shakhtar Donetsk in European competition, after the Ukrainian side had won five and drawn two of the previous seven such games.
- Shahktar Donetsk have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 games in the Champions League, with this their 10th defeat in this run (W6 D2).
- Manchester City have lost only two of their last 12 group stage games in the Champions League (W8 D2), netting at least once in every fixture.
- Only Sergio Agüero (33) has been directly involved in more Champions League goals for Manchester City than David Silva (15 – seven goals and eight assists).
- This was the first Champions League game Manchester City have won without Sergio Agüero in the starting XI since October 2017 (2-1 v Napoli).
Man of the match – David Silva
John Stones was excellent at right-back and Aymeric Laporte was strong in the middle, but David Silva’s control of the game, particularly in the first half, was superb. City’s captain was typically reliable on the ball, efficient in possession and produced a composed finish to break the deadlock.
Manchester City face a crunch clash against Tottenham on Monday Night Football on October 29 before hosting Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, November 1. They host Shakhtar in the return fixture on Wednesday, November 7.
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