Manchester City recorded their greatest win within the Champions League as they thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk – however an injury-time purpose within the different Group F fit intended they will have to wait to protected qualification for the final 16.
Pep Guardiola’s facet are best of the crowd and had been heading into the following section, till 10-man Hoffenheim got here from 2-Zero down and scored a 92nd-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Lyon.
But City will qualify as workforce winners with one recreation to spare in the event that they beat Lyon in France on Tuesday, 27 November.
“Unfortunately we haven’t qualified, but we are so close and will try to maintain this level,” stated Guardiola.
“The fact it’s not done will make sure we will focus on the competition. It was another excellent performance, the team attacked very well. We have not qualified but made a good step to finishing first in the group phase.”
This season’s European marketing campaign began badly for City with a 2-1 house defeat via Lyon they usually then conceded within the opening minute in their moment recreation towards Hoffenheim.
However, City fought again to win that fit 2-1 and this newest victory has put them on the point of achieving the knockout phases of the Champions League for a 6th successive season.
They ruled towards the Ukrainians as a hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus, together with a strange penalty, and objectives from David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling gave City a 6-0 win, eclipsing their Five-Zero away luck towards Steaua Bucharest within the first leg of a play-off tie in August 2016.
“After the first game against Lyon, we were then down against Hoffenheim, so the situation was so dangerous but since then we have got three wins and we still need more points to get to the next stage,” added Guardiola.
The Spaniard gained the Champions League two times as a trainer with Barcelona and is hoping to copy that with City this yr after taking them to the final 16 in 2016-17 after which the quarter-finals final season.
How the objectives went in
City captain Silva opened the scoring with a tap-in after Mahrez had twisted to make space for an extremely low move, prior to the hosts doubled their lead in atypical cases.
Sterling fell over as he kicked the bottom underneath no problem and referee Viktor Kassai wrongly awarded the penalty, which Jesus transformed for the primary of his 3 objectives.
There used to be without a doubt about City’s 3rd purpose as Sterling ran on the visiting defence and curled a shot previous goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov from the threshold of the penalty space.
Kassai did get one penalty determination proper as Silva used to be clumsily introduced down via Taras Stepanenko prior to Jesus scored his moment penalty of the night time to make it Four-Zero.
Mahrez then did smartly to keep watch over a go from Ilkay Gundogan on his chest and taking pictures previous Pyatov for City’s 5th purpose, prior to Jesus sealed his hat-trick from Mahrez’s go.
That appeared to were sufficient to take City into the knockout phases of the contest for a 6th successive season prior to Hoffenheim’s past due equaliser reduce the celebrations quick.
A laughable penalty
The major speaking level got here within the 24th minute when Kassai – who refereed the 2011 Champions League ultimate, wherein Barcelona beat Manchester United Three-1 – shocked each City and Shakhtar via awarding a penalty.
England global Sterling had raced into the realm and used to be a couple of yards transparent of Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko. As goalkeeper Pyatov got here off his line to slender the perspective, Sterling went to shoot however kicked the bottom and tumbled over.
Sterling didn’t attraction for a penalty and Pyatov began giggling when he noticed it have been given. City boss Pep Guardiola gave the impression to inform the fourth reputable that it used to be the fallacious determination.
Speaking to BT Sport concerning the penalty incident, Sterling advised BT Sport: “I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref.”
Guardiola urged video assistant referee – no longer but utilized in Champions League video games – would have helped, including: “We realised it wasn’t a penalty. We do not like to attain in that state of affairs.
“You know VAR and what it’s – the referee will have to be helped as a result of they do not need to make errors. The recreation is so speedy at the moment. It takes 10 seconds for any individual to mention one thing to the referee.”
Jesus transformed the spot-kick – his first purpose in seven membership appearances – to finish the sport as a competition and from then on it turned into a query of simply what number of they’d rating.
The Premier League leaders gained Three-Zero away towards Shakhtar on 23 October they usually doubled that rating towards fighters they totally outclassed.
City ready to leisure gamers prior to Manchester derby
City face a Premier League house derby towards Manchester United on Sunday and Guardiola, with that on his thoughts, left Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane at the bench, with Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy no longer within the squad in any respect.
Guardiola used to be additionally ready to take off goalscorer Silva, Kyle Walker and Fernandinho and provides Danilo, Gundogan and Fabian Delph some a lot wanted recreation time.
City are two issues transparent on the best of the Premier League as they appear to retain their identify, whilst United, who fought again from a purpose down to overcome Juventus 2-1 clear of house of their Champions League fit on Wednesday, are 7th regionally, 9 issues at the back of Guardiola’s facet.
Penalty determination ‘ridiculous’ – what they stated
Shakhtar trainer Paulo Fonseca laughed when he used to be requested concerning the first penalty determination after Sterling had kicked the ground.
“It is difficult to speak about a penalty after a result like that, but it’s ridiculous, that’s all I can say,” stated Fonseca.
“Everyone saw it, but it is not because of the penalty we lost the game.”
Six objectives once more for City – the stats
- Manchester City have scored six (or extra) objectives in back-to-back video games in all competitions for the primary time since November 1987 once they adopted up a 10-1 second-tier win over Huddersfield Town with a 6-2 win at Plymouth within the now-defunct Full Members Cup.
- City midfielder David Silva has scored 3 objectives within the 2018-19 Champions League, his highest tally in one season within the festival. He has scored in 3 successive Champions League video games for the primary time.
- Gabriel Jesus is the primary participant to attain two consequences in a Champions League recreation for an English membership since Wayne Rooney did so for Manchester United towards Otelul Galati in October 2011.
- Jesus is the 3rd participant to attain a Champions League hat-trick for Manchester City after Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero (two times).
- Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in seven objectives his six begins at house within the Champions League (3 objectives, 4 assists).
- This 6-0 victory ended a run of 3 consecutive Champions League defeats for Manchester City on the Etihad, and used to be their greatest ever win in any European festival of their historical past.