Date: 23rd October 2018 at 9:56pm
Written by:
Shakhtar Donetsk
0 – 3
Manchester City

Metalist Stadium Kharkiv

UEFA Champions League - Group F

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande of Spain

Shakhtar Donetsk Manchester City
Silva (30'), Laporte (35')
30 Andriy Pyatov 31 Ederson
22 Mykola Matvyenko 5 John Stones Walker 80'
4 Sergiy Krivtsov
30 Nicolas Otamendi
44 Yaroslav Rakitskiy 14 Aymeric Laporte
31 dos Santos 22 Benjamin Mendy
6 Taras Stepanenko 17 Kevin De Bruyne Bernardo Silva 69'
27 Maycon 25 Fernandinho
23 Silva Sanches Aguiar Bolbat 69' 21 David Silva
74 Viktor Kovalenko Lourenco 62' 26 Riyad Mahrez
99 Dos Santos Pedro Dentinho 84' 33 Gabriel Jesus Foden 87'
10 Ribeiro Moraes Junior 7 Raheem Sterling


1 Oleksiy Shevchenko 2 Kyle Walker
2 Bohdan Butko 4 Vincent Kompany
5 Davit Khotcholava 10 Sergio Agüero
8 Olarenwaju Kayode 19 Leroy Sané
9 Dentinho 20 Bernardo Silva
21 Lourenco 47 Philip Foden
50 Sergiy Bolbat 49 Aro Muric

Game Statistics

13 Goal attempts 25
2 On Target 6
5 Corners 5
5 Fouls 14
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
48 % 52

Johnny On The Spot: #SHAKATTACKED! On the 7th anniversary of the 1-6 Mancunian power shifter at the Theatre of Screams, Manchester City tonight delivered one of their finest ever Champions League performances 2000 miles from home on the Ukraine-Russia border…To a man, City were quintessentially brilliant. Shakhtar, the Ukrainian champions, imperious since a last defeat almost 3 months ago were smashed out of the Kharkiv park by the rampant Blues.

City were in total control from the first whistle and never relinquished it. Pep Guardiola’s vibrant team selection and game management were spot on, a swashbuckling first half registering 70% possession giving way to a controlled, calculated “pick ’em off” approach in the second period. Factually, but for our usual profligacy, City should have won this game by 6 or 7 goals. However. Most pleasing of all, England’s centurions delivered a 7th clean sheet in 9 games across all competitions.

The flight home tonight to light training tomorrow will be buoyant with the squad’s eyes firmly focused upon the train to Euston on Sunday and the Wembley showdown with Spurs. Planet Blue is back in the next game can’t come around quick enough territory. JB’s Man of The Match, a sublime Aymeric Laporte.