UEFA Champions League: Jesus and Manchester City teammates frustrated by Shakhtar Donetsk but qualified.

2019-11-27 17:47:13
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UEFA Champions League: Jesus and Manchester City teammates frustrated by Shakhtar Donetsk but qualified.
Despite Tuesday's home draw against Shakhtar Donetsk (1-1), Manchester City qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Atalanta dominated Dinamo Zagreb (2-0) in the other Group C match.

Without being flamboyant, Manchester City on Tuesday night earned their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League after their draw (1-1) on his home ground against Shakhtar Donetsk. For the sixth season in a row, the Mancunian club has managed to extricate itself from the group stage.

Sergio Aguero was injured and watched from the stands of the Etihad, as the champion of England settled for a stalemate against the three-time defending champion of Ukraine.

Pep Guardiola's men even started scared when Ederson, their goalkeeper, missed out on a Matvienko opening. Tete outpaced the Brazilian goalkeeper and then attempted a shot wide by corner-footed Fernandinho, the evening captain (15th). Two minutes later, Tete offered a new duel against Ederson, which he lost (17th). At the break, City, too shy, had framed only two attempts on which Piatov, the goalkeeper had been attentive: a shot from Rodri (25th) and a header from Otamendi (32nd).

After the break, City accelerated in the wake of a very good Kevin De Bruyne involved in opening the scoring. The Belgian midfielder has served Jesus in the line before he can resist the return of the defenders to pass on to Ilkay Gundogan (56th). 

The Sky Blues had opportunities to make the break by Cancelo (63rd), Bernardo Silva (65th) but they were dealt a surprise. Served by Dodo, Manor Solomon who had replaced Konoplianka (65) scored on his first ball (69th). Manchester City had one last big opportunity by David Silva who saw his shot pushed in extremis on his line by Krivtsov (75th).

With this draw, however, the business of the Mancunians are done as they are assured of finishing first in Group C and validated their place in the next stage. The second place will be decided on the final day, with Atalanta, the last of the group to kick off with just one point to beat Dinamo Zagreb (2-0) thanks to Luis Muriel (27th) and Alejandro Gomez (47th). A victory of the Shakhtar Donetsk against the Italians will send it to the next round.

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