Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Live Commentary & Result, 18/09/2019, UEFA Champions League


10′ Decent chance! Otamendi almost gets on the end of a deep cross into the box, but he just can’t stretch far enough to control the round ball at the far post and it goes out of play.

9′ Fernandinho has been making his first start for Manchester City since April 2019 against Manchester United.

7′ Sterling wins a free-kick deep inside the Shakhtar half of the pitch, close to the left touchline. De Bruyne whips it into the box, but Gundogan has been penalised for a foul on Moraes in the penalty area.

5′ Shakhar have managed to withstand the early City pressure and are now keeping the round ball themselves, trying to break forward quickly on the counter and stretch the weakened City defence.

3′ The visitors are enjoying the early possession here, keeping the round ball well in midfield and forcing Shakhtar to get everyone back behind the round ball early on.

1′ Early chance! City win a free-kick in the Shakhtar half within seconds of getting the game underway and De Bruyne whips the round ball into the box, which has been met by the head of Rodri, but he can’t direct the round ball towards goal and it flies well wide.

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off has been just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!

Shakhtar have made just one change to the side that beat Zorya 4-3 at the weekend, with Tete dropping out of the team and he has replaced by Solomon.

Manchester City have a few defensive problems at the moment, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones both ruled out. Therefore Fernandinho has been dropping into the centre-back position tonight. Jesus starts ahead of Aguero, as De Bruyne and Mahrez also come into the starting XI.

MAN CITY SUBS: Claudio Bravo, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Joao Cancelo, Eric Garcia.

MAN CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus.

SHAKTAR SUBS: Oleksiy Shevchenko, Bogdan Butko, Valerii Bondar, Marcos Antonio, Dentinho, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Viktor Kovalenko.

SHAKHTAR (4-2-3-1): Andriy Pyatov; Sergiy Bolbat, Sergey Kryvtsov, Mykola Matvyenko, Ismaily; Taras Stepanenko, Alan Patrick; Marlos Bonfim, Taison, Manor Solomon; Moraes.

Shakhtar finished third in the Champions League group last season, relegating them to the Europa League, where they were knocked out in the round of 32. They Ukranian Premier League has been well underway already and Shaktar are top, with a seven point lead over their closest rivals after winning all of their opening seven games.

These two teams are about to face each other for the third successive season after they were once again drawn into the same group. City became the first English team to beat the Ukrainian side away with a comfortable 3-0 victory last season. They were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Tottenham, losing 4-3 on aggregate. The Premier League champions suffered a shock 3-2 victory away at Norwich City on Saturday, to drop five points behind Liverpool at the top.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group C Champions League clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City.


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