MX23RW : Tuesday, September 18 21:43:37
Sep 26, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 45,310
Man CityManchester City
2-0
ShakhtarShakhtar Donetsk
De Bruyne (48'), Sterling (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Ordets (66')

Result: Manchester City maintain perfect start in Champions League

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling give Manchester City a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have helped Manchester City secure a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk and maintain their perfect start in this season's Champions League.

The two sides looked evenly matched throughout the first period, both enjoying their fair share of the possession and creating half-chances, but the Sky Blues were utterly dominant after the break.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk on September 26, 2017© SilverHub

Pep Guardiola's men should have taken the lead on the half-hour mark when Gabriel Jesus sent De Bruyne clean through on goal, but the Belgian missed the target from close range.

Amid spells of nervy Shakhtar pressure, City created only a handful of chances before the break, though they came close to snatching the lead ahead of the referee's whistle when Fabian Delph picked out Leroy Sane and the Frenchman shot inches wide of the bottom corner from an acute angle.

Gabriel Jesus and Ismaily in action during the Champions League game between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk on September 26, 2017© SilverHub

The hosts raised their game in the second period and looked like a different side, taking the lead in the 48th minute when De Bruyne collected a pass from David Silva and bent an unstoppable curler beyond Andriy Pyatov in the Shakhtar goal to make it 1-0.

Sergio Aguero, who needed just one more goal to equal a City scoring record that has stood for 77 years, was denied that feat on 56 minutes when Pyatov thwarted him on the half-volley from close range.

The Argentine had another chance to make the history books from the penalty spot when Sane drew a foul from Ivan Ordets in the 71st minute, but the striker was once again denied by Pyatov, who guessed correctly and saved to his right.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk on September 26, 2017© SilverHub

City more than deserved their victory based on their second-half domination, but they left it late to seal the points, substitute Raheem Sterling burying Bernardo Silva's pull-back from close range in the final minute to kill off the match.

Only the second time City have won their first two opening group matches in the Champions League, the victory ensures side remain top of Group F with six points so far.

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Gabriel Jesus celebrates the third with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling during the Premier League game between Watford and Manchester City on September 16, 2017
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