Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Manchester City: Both Silva's score as City win comfortably in Ukraine
David Silva wheels away in celebration after scoring the winner. Source: Getty Images

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Manchester City: Both Silva's score as City win comfortably in Ukraine

City were hardly made to change out of second gear as they created numerous chances and the nullified the home side completely

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Manan Manga

Manchester City made amends for their loss in Kharkiv last year by beating their opponents Shakhtar Donetsk comprehensively by a score of 3-0.

Changes were made from the 5-0 triumph against Burnley with Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Nicolas Otamendi coming into the side to replace Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.

Kyle Walker returned to the substitutes bench after a groin injury kept him out of the squad at the weekend and was able to make an appearance, replacing John Stones who has been deputizing for him. 

Rusty start by Otamendi

Otamendi was arguably the best centre back for City last season but he didn't start the match very well and was guilty of giving away the ball cheaply, being put under pressure by Junior Moraes of Shakhtar.

Even though he grew into the game as it went on, he was again exposed in the last minute of extre time conceding a foul which earnt him a booking and rewarded Shakhtar with a set piece that they nearly scored from, only to be prevented by a point-blank save by Ederson.

The Argentine needs to step his game up to be selected ahead of Stones and Aymeric Laporte who were both very good again, the latter adding the crucial second goal from a De Bruyne corner.

Chances galore but shooting boots missing

City created a large number of chances but their forwards, Riyad Mahrez, Sterling and Jesus were guilty of fluffing their lines time and again.

Sterling was guilty of overplaying and taking a touch too many in and around the penalty box while Jesus ventured offside far too many times.

Mahrez took some excellent touches and linked up well with De Bruyne on the right but was unlucky that none of his trademark left footed curlers found the back of the net.

Finally, it was David Silva who opened the scoring in the 30th minute by latching onto a deflected Jesus shot and rifling an effort superbly into the corner. It was the 12th shot taken by City on the evening.

They scored again with their 14th, just five minutes later after a delightful corner kick from De Bruyne found Laporte unmarked in the penalty area and he was able to put a bullet header past the goalkeeper. 

Relaxed approach to the second half

City were in a comfortable position after half time and were happy to sit on their 2-0 lead, not pressing as high up the pitch as they did in the first half and Shakhtar were able to have a lot more possession.

However, this did lead them vulnerable to counter attacks and it was one of these from which Bernardo Silva scored the third after Stones won the ball in his own half. Mahrez played a one-two with Silva to take it up the pitch before the Portuguese guided the ball into the goal off the inside of the post.

It was plain sailing for City from then on and they managed to secure a 3-0 win away from home at a stadium where no English side has ever won before in a fairly comfortable manner. 

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