Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Manchester City – Weakened Man City humbled by Shakhtar, Hosts through thanks to third home win, Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season as Shakhtar Donetsk followed them into the Champions League knockout rounds.
Bernard and Ismaily scored to send Shakhtar Donetsk through as Group F runners-up after a 2-1 home win against already-qualified Manchester City at the Metalist Stadium on Wednesday.
Shakhtar Donetsk could meet Manchester United, Liverpool or Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League. Manchester City lost for the first time in 29 matches as Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk won to join City in the last 16 of the Champions League.
A much-changed City, who had already secured top spot in Group F, fell behind when Brazilian Bernard curled a shot past Ederson from 15 yards. Shakhtar doubled their lead as Ismaily capitalised on an Ederson error and tapped the ball into an empty net.
Sergio Aguero scored an injury-time penalty after Gabriel Jesus had been fouled by Bohdan Butko, but City could not extend their unbeaten record in 2017-18.
City had been hoping to become the first British club to win all six of their group matches in one Champions League season, but instead suffered their first defeat since Arsenal beat them 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final on 23 April.
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Manchester City | UEFA Champions League – Match Highlights
- 26′ 1 – 0 Bernard touch makes it count! What a strike!! Marlos jinks past several sky blue shirts in midfield and, instead of shooting from the edge of the box, lays it off to Bernard. The little Brazilian’s first touch looked to have killed the attack’s momentum, but he cuts back in onto his favoured right foot and curls and beautiful strike right into the top corner, giving Ederson no chance! Fantastic goal, and it’s 1-0 Shakhtar! Marlos initally looked to have made the wrong decision when he chose to lay the ball offrather than shooting, but his team-mate came up with a peach of a strike to put the hosts one goal up!
32′ 2 – 0 Ismaily strikes! Shakhtar look in danger of running away with it in these early stages! They squandered a couple of good opportunities to double their advantage, but they make no mistake this time! Marlos plays a wonderful ball over the top to release Ismaily in behind in the channel. Ederson rushes out of his box, but gets nothing, and the left-back can roll the ball into an empty net! It’s 2-0 to Shakhtar! Marlos deserves a lot of credit for the goal – his pass was placed perfectly into the area behind the full-back and just out of the goalkeeper’s reach, causing havoc and giving Ismaily the simple task of taking a touch and rolling the ball home.
90+2′ 2 – 1 [Penalty] Sergio Agüero City grabbed a consolation from 12 yards in stoppage-time as Aguero smashed in a penalty. City who improved after the break as Sergio Aguero netted an injury-time penalty after Jesus was tripped but Shakhtar closed out their third home win of the group stage, denying Guardiola’s men the chance to qualify with a perfect record from Group F.
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