Targets from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus seal comfy victory
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Manchester Metropolis bounced again from their shock defeat at Norwich in type as they opened their Champions League marketing campaign with a 3-Zero victory at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Pep Guardiola, who used Fernandinho as a makeshift centre half within the absence of the injured John Stones, would have needed a response from his facet following defeat at Carrow Highway they usually made the proper begin, taking the lead within the 24th minute via Riyad Mahrez.
Ilkay Gundogan doubled Metropolis’s benefit 14 minutes later earlier than Gabriel Jesus made positive the guests bought again to successful methods within the 76th minute.
Victory sees Metropolis change into the primary English winners on this season’s competitors. They end Matchday 1 in second place in Group C on purpose distinction following Dinamo Zagreb’s 4-Zero win over Atalanta.
How Metropolis bounced again
Metropolis began on the entrance foot in Kharkiv however Rodri bought an early header all incorrect with the purpose at his mercy, whereas Mahrez fired effectively over from distance.
Man Metropolis: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Fernandinho (7), Otamendi (7), Zinchenko (7), Gundogan (8), Rodri (7), De Bruyne (8), Mahrez (7), Gabriel Jesus (8), Sterling (7).
Subs used: Bernardo Silva (n/a), Cancelo (n/a), Mendy (n/a)
Mahrez did open the scoring shortly afterwards although after wonderful link-up play between Gundogan and Jesus noticed the previous curl a shot in opposition to the submit. The rebound fell properly for Mahrez, who made no mistake ending into an empty internet.
6 – Riyad Mahrez has been straight concerned in six targets in seven Champions League appearances for Man Metropolis (2 targets, Four assists). Useful.
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Shakhtar responded to Metropolis’s opener however Junior Moraes, who was picked out by Taison’s inch-perfect via ball, noticed his shot blocked by the chest of Ederson.
It proved to be a vital save as Metropolis doubled their lead not lengthy after via Gundogan, who took Mahrez’s cross in his stride earlier than and firing dwelling off the submit.
After the break, Gundogan noticed a shot saved by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov and when the ball rebounded to defender Sergiy Kryvtsov, he inexplicably performed the ball throughout the realm to Raheem Sterling, who struck the submit along with his fierce drive.
Midfielder Fernandinho was pressed into motion as a central defender by Pep Guardiola.
Accidents to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have left Nicolas Otamendi because the Premier League champions’ solely match specialist centre-back, forcing supervisor Guardiola to hunt various options.
Striker Gabriel Jesus was most well-liked to file goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who was named on the bench together with Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva for the Group C encounter.
Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez had been additionally named in Guardiola’s beginning XI as a part of 4 adjustments from the facet that suffered a shock defeat at Norwich final Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne then pulled a shot broad within the 68th minute because the guests appeared to attain a 3rd.
It was all too comfy for Metropolis they usually finally grabbed a 3rd to make the sport protected when a three-on-one counter-attack ended with De Bruyne taking part in in Jesus, who completed with ease to seal Metropolis’s victory.
Pep: No doubts about Fernandinho
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola: “I did not have doubts he may do it and he will do it [again]. After all Ferna is a participant who can play many positions and has good character, and that is why he’s so essential for us.
“However Nico is 31, Fernandinho is 34, and subsequent various is 18. For 3 or 4 months I do not know what is going to occur.
“Each had been unbelievable tonight however we want one other resolution – Rodri or Kyle (Walker) possibly – as a result of they can’t play each sport at their age. However Fernandinho can play in any place and that is why he is so essential for us.
“I assume already about Watford as we do not have a lot time however to start out away within the Champions League and get end result [is positive]. The best way we performed was superb, we created unbelievable probabilities however all the fellows had been implausible – higher than final season.”
Clear sheet essential for Metropolis
Former Man Metropolis striker Shaun Goater advised Soccer Particular:
“The clear sheet will please Guardiola essentially the most. Otamendi did not put a foot incorrect alongside Fernandinho. I assume all of us assumed Fernadinho would slot in and do a stable job and that is what he did. He is not performed all season but it surely’s wonderful how he can are available in and simply do the job.
“It was a brilliant performance by City, who will be really pleased with a 3-0 win. It was a really important win and for the doubters it was important Otamendi produced a good performance and helped the team to a clean sheet.”
Function: Can Fernandinho fill the void?
Fernandinho might want to step up for Manchester Metropolis and he made an assured begin in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk, writes Adam Bate.
- For the reason that begin of 2016-17 marketing campaign, solely Actual Madrid (84) and Bayern Munich (72) have scored extra Champions League targets than Pep Guardiola’s Man Metropolis (71).
- Metropolis have saved clear sheets in 4 of their 5 Champions League matches in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk, double the quantity than they’ve versus another facet.
- Shakhtar Donetsk have conceded 15 targets of their 5 conferences with Manchester Metropolis within the UEFA Champions League; essentially the most they’ve conceded in opposition to an opponent within the competitors. They’ve did not preserve a clear sheet in any of their final 17 UEFA Champions League matches (36 targets conceded).
- For the reason that begin of the 2017-18 Champions League marketing campaign, solely James Milner (10) has recorded extra assists within the competitors than Kevin De Bruyne (9).
Benjamin Mendy made a welcome return with just below eight minutes remaining his first look since April after struggling a knee damage within the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham.
Manchester Metropolis host Watford on the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, September 21 within the Premier League; Kick-off 3pm. Metropolis’s subsequent Champions League tie is at dwelling to Dinamo Zagreb on Matchday 2 on October 2; Kick-off 8pm.