- Man City 6-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
- City take huge step towards last 16
- Jesus hits first senior hat-trick (72 pen, 90+2)
- Mahrez added fifth (84)
- Sterling added superb third (50)
- Jesus scored fortunate pen (25)
- David Silva scored opener (13)
- Champions League Group F
Gabriel Jesus netted a hat-trick as Manchester City powered to a 6-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk but they will have to wait to book their place in the last 16 after Hoffenheim netted a late equaliser at Lyon in Group F’s other fixture.
The hosts were in total control as they eased to a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium, giving City brief respite from the series of allegations about their financial conduct that have been published by German magazine Der Spiegel this week, upon which the club have declined to comment.
With the focus firmly back on on-field matters, City put on an efficient display that opened with a straightforward finish for David Silva, before Raheem Sterling was wrongly awarded a spot-kick after kicking the turf.
Jesus netted from the spot and added a second penalty late on, after Sterling had scored City’s third with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box, and Mahrez made it five before Jesus completed his treble.
Hoffenheim’s 2-2 draw at Lyon delayed City’s progress, but they now sit three points clear of the Ligue 1 club at the top of the group.
Good work by Mahrez down the right created the space for a squared pass across the six-yard box after 13 minutes, leaving the poorly marked Silva with a simple tap-in for the opener.
SHAKHTAR TEAM NEWS
Team to face Man City: Pyatov, Matviyenko, Kryvtsov, Rakits’kyy, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Maycon, Taison, Kovalenko, Bolbat, Junior Moraes.
Subs: Shevchenko, Butko, Khocholava, Kayode, Dentinho, Alan Patrick, Wellington Nem.
Manchester City have won two of their three Champions League encounters with Shakhtar Donetsk, losing the other in December 2017.