UCL: Gabriel Jesus nets hat-trick as Man City thrash Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0. Manchester City closed in on claiming a spot in the last 16 round of the Champions League on Wednesday, November 7, at the Etihad Stadium with a 6-0 bashing of Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Group F encounter saw Gabriel Jesus score a hat-trick for the Citizens – with his third goal coming in the added time of the second stanza – while the trio of David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez also registered their names on the scoreboard.
The performance on the night means the Pep Guardiola tutored-side needs just a one point in their last two matches the seal a spot in the knockout rounds.
David Silva of Manchester City is fouled during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and FC Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium on November 7, 2018.
In the opening stages of the match, the away side Shakhtar created the first goal chance in the game with Junior Moraes poor strike which was easily collected by City shot-stopper Ederson.
But as the clock ticked, Man City netted the first goal of the match on the 13th minute through David Silva, with Riyad Mahrez creating the assist after a decent display of twist and turn in the opposition’s penalty area before setting up the Spaniard for a cool finish.
Raheem Sterling then went down in the penalty box after snuffing a shot and the referee deemed it fit to award a penalty.
Guardiola decided to sit Sergio Aguero out for this fixture and rest him for the upcoming derby against Manchester United on Saturday, November 11.
On the 24th minute, Man City doubled their lead through Jesus after Raheem Sterling was fouled inside the penalty area, but TV replays suggest the fast winger went down on his own without any contact from Mykola Matvyenko.
Jesus executed his kick perfectly to hand City a 2-0 advantage after less than 30 minutes of football.
Shakhtar had a chance to reduce the tally as half time approached but Serhiy Bolbat failed to execute a half-volley perfectly.
However, the away side were not finding it easy to check Man City’s incursions into their goal area, going into the break with a 2-goal lead.
In his place Gabriel Jesus, stepped up to the task of taking the penalty and delivered home the second goal for Manchester City.
In the second stanza, Sterling confirmed City’s victory with a third strike after making an emphatic solo effort, dribbling passed two defenders and curling the ball beyond the reach of the keeper.
Silva earned City a second penalty and Jesus again was quick to make it a brace from the spot to make it 4-0 to City.
Ex-Leicester City star Mahrez then made it five when he hammered home a Gundogan pass with his right foot.
But the Algerian star Mahrez was not done for the night as he created another beautiful Jesus, who chipped the ball from almost 20 yards away to makes it 6-0.
City currently lead Group F log with nine points from four games and needs just a point to qualify for the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, Akahi News previously had reported that 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.
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.