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Man City near last 16 after record win


Man City near last 16 after record win

It was Manchester City's night in the UEFA Champions League as City routed Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday (Nov 7).

Manchester City recorded their biggest win in the Champions League as they thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk - but an injury-time goal in the other Group F match meant they must wait to secure qualification for the last 16.

Pep Guardiola's side are top of the group and were heading into the next phase, until 10-man Hoffenheim came from 2-0 down and scored a 92nd-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Lyon.

But Man City will qualify as group winners with one game to spare if they beat Lyon in France on Tuesday, Nov 27.

This season's European campaign started badly for Man City with a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon and they then conceded in the opening minute of their second game against Hoffenheim.

However, City fought back to win that match 2-1 and this latest victory has put them on the brink of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League for a sixth successive season.

They dominated against the Ukrainians as a hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus, including a bizarre penalty, and goals from David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling gave City a 6-0 win, eclipsing their 5-0 away success against Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of a play-off tie in August 2016.

Guardiola won the Champions League twice as a coach with F. C. Barcelona and is hoping to repeat that with Man City this year after taking them to the last 16 in 2016-17 and then the quarter-finals last season.

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