BREAKING: Manchester City have lost a game! The Blues suffered their first defeat of the year in their Champions League group stage finale away to Shakhtar Donetsk. City were playing with a lot of reserves and had no interest in winning the match, and that showed against a Shakhtar side in desperate need of a win to advance to the knockout rounds.
It was very clear from the very beginning that the Manchester City players on the pitch did not care at all about this game. They were very happy to keep passing the ball without much purpose, and they didn’t create any chances despite having all the possession in the first few minutes.
Shakhtar realized that they weren’t facing a very intense City side, and they began to dominate the ball and constantly bring pressure to the Blues’ defense, specifically targeting Tosin Adarabioyo and Danilo on the right side.
The right side was where Shakhtar found both of their goals, the first thanks to a wonderful shot into the top corner by Bernard and the second by left-back Ismaily who got in behind Danilo and Tosin, got away from Ederson on the edge of the box and passed the ball into an open net.
City finally woke up after conceding twice and picked up the pace just a little bit, but not enough to create a real chance or score a goal. And we went into halftime with a two-goal lead for the hosts, and City needed a real Pep Talk to have a decent second half.
Apparently there was no halftime Pep Talk and City played the second half with the same (lack of) intensity that they showed in the first 45 minutes. The passing was slow and the movement was poor, and it just didn’t look like the players really wanted to win this game.
Then Sergio Agüero and Brahim Díaz came on from the bench and things improved, with the young Spaniard making fantastic plays on the wing and the Argentine striker bringing real danger in the box. Unfortunately, the Blues could only find a goal in stoppage time through a Sergio Agüero penalty, and with not enough time for an equalizer the game ended with the first loss of the season for City.
The good thing is that this loss doesn’t matter at all, and most of the big players will be fresh and ready for the Manchester Derby.
Man City: Ederson; Danilo, Adarabioyo, Fernandinho (Agüero), Mangala, Foden; Touré, Gundogan; Bernardo, Jesus, Sané (Brahim)
Goal: Agüero (90’+2)
Shakhtar: Pyatov; Butko, Ordets, Rakitskiy, Ismaily (Azevedo); Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos (Kovalenko), Taison, Bernard; Ferreyra (Khocholava)
Goals: Bernard (26’), Ismaily (32’)