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JESUS SCORES HAT-TRICK! Man City near last 16 after thrashing  Shakhtar Donetsk  6-0


JESUS SCORES HAT-TRICK! Man City near last 16 after thrashing  Shakhtar Donetsk  6-0

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

Pep Guardiola’s side are top of Group F 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 City will qualify as group winners with one game to spare if they beat Lyon in France on Tuesday, 27 November.

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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.

The main talking point came in the 24th minute when Kassai – who refereed the 2011 Champions League final, in which Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 – stunned both City and Shakhtar by awarding a penalty.

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England international Sterling had raced into the area and was a few yards clear of Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko. As goalkeeper Pyatov came off his line to narrow the angle, Sterling went to shoot but kicked the ground and tumbled over.

Sterling did not appeal for a penalty and Pyatov started laughing when he saw it had been given. City boss Pep Guardiola appeared to tell the fourth official that it was the wrong decision.

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Nevertheless, Jesus converted the spot-kick – his first goal in seven club appearances – to end the game as a contest and from then on it became a question of just how many they would score.

City won 3-0 away against Shakhtar on 23 October and they doubled that score against a Shakhtar side that were completely outclassed by the Premier League leaders.

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