Match Review: Manchester City vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Premier League leaders Manchester City have been in sublime form under coach Pep Guardiola this season. Still undefeated in the new campaign, City managed to get a nervous 2-0 win against reigning Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad. City fans though had a reason to worry as their new left-back Benjamin Mendy was out with injury for an indefinite period, with Pep starting Fabian Delph at the vacant spot. Playing their first competitive encounter against Shakhtar, City were gritty at the back and cut out all the incoming attacks from the dangerous Donetsk side and were able to keep hold of the ball for majority of time.
Beginning the second half at 0-0, City did not keep the fans waiting for long as Kevin De Bruyne opened his account for the season scoring a curler from ouside the box in the 48th minute which didn’t bother the Shakhtar golie as it sailed into the net. City had a host of chances missed throughout the match, which included Sergio Aguero missing a spot-kick in the 72nd minute as Pyatov made an important impact on his 50th Champions League appearance for the Donetsk side.
Substitute Raheem Sterling scored an easy goal off a Bernardo Silva assist in the dying stages of the match to seal 3 points for the home side which saw Pep Guardiola elated on the side-lines with his team’s determined performance against a rather stiff opposition. City next travel to face former-winners Chelsea on 30th of September in what will be a real litmus test deciding their upgrade since the yesteryear while Shakhtar will welcome 10th placed Karpaty on the 1st of October to maintain their winning form in the league.