Manchester City overcame Ukrainian power house Shakhtar Donetsk with a 2–0 victory in the group stages of champion’s league at the Etihad Stadium.
Kevin De Bruyne put the home side in charge of the game with a superb 24 yard curl at the 48 minutes before English International Raheem Sterling netted at the 90 minutes to double their lead.
Meanwhile Sergio Aguero was denied ambition to equal City’s all-time top scorer Eric Brook’s record after Shakhtar’s goal keeper Andriy Pyatov saved his penalty.
The 29-year-old Argentine still suffered more frustration as Ukrainian goal keeper saved would be goals of Aguero inspite of his hard efforts in two different occasions.
Chances didn’t present itself for Manchester City alone but also the Russian side had goal scoring opportunities through Brazilian midfielder Romero Marlos tried Ederson who was smatter and 26-year-old Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra’s header went wide from six yards out.
The Russian side is literally the best side Manchester City has faced in this season as the two goals didn’t only come with easily but Shakhtar proved a threat a couple of times.
Manchester City Manager who in his coaching history for the first time completed a trophy-less season with City said even when his boys when leading, there was instability.
“A lot of credit to what we have done. The way Shakhtar play, they demand a lot of us but our high pressing was brilliant. We had problems in the first half, we did not make enough passes in a row but the second half was much, much, much better. We are so happy for the win. They were very narrow and there was little space in between but then our full-backs were able to dictate and created a lot of chances for another four or five goals. Even at 1-0, we were stable. We did not score goals but it was a demanding game. The next game against Napoli will be even tougher.” Said Guardiola.
Manchester City will encounter another anticipated huge challenge this coming weekend when they visit Stanford Bridge to rub shoulders with Chelsea.