Manchester City 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: De Bruyne and Sterling secure win

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De Bruyne netted his first goal of the season for Manchester City
De Bruyne netted his first goal of the season for Manchester City

De Bruyne netted his first goal of the season for Manchester City
De Bruyne netted his first goal of the season for Manchester City

Kevin de Bruyne scored a superb goal as Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk to make it two Champions League Group F wins out of two.

Belgium midfielder De Bruyne exchanged passes with the excellent David Silva before curling in his first goal of the season from the edge of the area. Raheem Sterling added a late second from fellow substitute Bernardo Silva’s cutback.

Striker Sergio Aguero, looking to equal Eric Brook’s all-time goalscoring record for City, suffered a rare off night and had a second-half penalty saved by Shakhtar’s Andriy Pyatov.

The Argentine also had two further efforts pushed away by the Ukraine goalkeeper.

Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his team's second goal
Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his team’s second goal

Having found the net 22 times in their previous five games, City were expected to steamroller their opponents but were left frustrated in a goalless opening period which saw De Bruyne shoot wide from a one-on-one situation and Leroy Sane drill a low shot inches off target.

Shakhtar had chances themselves, and Brazilian Marlos forced Ederson into a fine, full-stretch save, while former Newcastle striker Facundo Ferreyra nodded a free header wide from six yards out.

Eredivisie champions Feyenoord, who were thrashed 4-0 by City in their opening group game, lost 3-1 against Serie A side Napoli in Tuesday’s other group game.

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