Champions League

Brazilians fire Shakhtar into last 16

2017-12-07 06:44
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Kharkiv - Inspired by Brazilians Bernard and Ismaily, Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 victory over a much-changed and subdued Manchester City on Wednesday.

First half goals from Shakhtar's Brazilian pair, both created by Brazilian-born Ukraine international Marlos, proved enough to ensure the Ukraine champions would go into the draw on Monday with a plum tie against the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain on the cards.

Shakhtar needed only a point to secure their progress as Group F runners-up behind City from a match that, including Marlos, featured nine Brazilians from the start.

Although City dominated possession -- enjoying more than two thirds of that -- Pep Guardiola's side were totally out of sorts and slumped to a first defeat this season.

Having already won the group and with one eye on Sunday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford, Guardiola had rung the changes to his starting line-up giving precocious teenage starlet Phil Foden a first senior start.

Foden was the star of England's Under-17 World Cup victory in India in October but was largely a spectator as the hosts dominated in their temporary home in Kharkiv.

Only three players kept their places from the side Guardiola picked to face West Ham last Sunday but it was partly thanks to one of those -- Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson -- that City found themselves trailing 2-0 at the break.

Shakhtar had created a few half chances without overly taxing Ederson before taking the lead with a spectacular goal from Bernard on 26 minutes.

Marlos, the orchestrator of so much of Shakhtar's attacking thrusts, drove at the heart of a back-peddling City defence before feeding Bernard to his left.

The midfielder's first touch was poor and took him wide, but as the City defence stood off, he cut inside onto his right foot and curled a sumptuous shot into the top corner.

If there was nothing Ederson could do about that, he was largely at fault for another compatriot finding the net six minutes later.

Ismaily beat the offside trap to run onto Marlos's dink over the top and, as Ederson charged recklessly from his area, toe-poked the ball past the stranded goalkeeper before passing it into an empty net.

Foden created City's best chance of the half just before the break when he slipped Gabriel Jesus in behind the home defence, but the 20-year-old Brazilian seemed unable to make up his mind how to take on Andriy Pyatov and the goalkeeper smothered the ball.

The second half was short on clear cut chances but it was yet another Brazilian, winger Taison - more than familiar on the OSC Metalist pitch having spent three seasons at Metalist Kharkiv -- who twice sent thumping right-footed efforts sizzling past the post.

City finally threatened when teenage substitute Brahim Diaz scampered down the left only for his cross to be touched onto the post by Jesus.

And the Brazilian won the stoppage time penalty, falling theatrically under negligible contact from Bohdan Butko, that Argentine substitute Sergio Aguero rammed into the roof of the net.

It will be a different City, though, that run out against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on Sunday.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Ajax v AEK Athens, Johan Cruijff ArenA 18:55
Shakhtar Donetsk v Hoffenheim, Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist 18:55
Viktoria Plzen v CSKA Moskva, Doosan Arena 21:00
Valencia v Juventus, Estadio de Mestalla 21:00
Benfica v Bayern Munchen, Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) 21:00
Real Madrid v Roma, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu 21:00
Manchester City v Olympique Lyonnais, Etihad Stadium 21:00
Young Boys v Manchester United, STADE DE SUISSE Wankdorf Bern 21:00
Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Juventus v Young Boys, Allianz Stadium 18:55
Hoffenheim v Manchester City, Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 18:55
Bayern Munchen v Ajax, Allianz-Arena 21:00
Olympique Lyonnais v Shakhtar Donetsk, Groupama OL Academy Decines-Charpieu 21:00
Manchester United v Valencia, Old Trafford 21:00
AEK Athens v Benfica, Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis 21:00
Roma v Viktoria Plzen, Stadio Olimpico 21:00
CSKA Moskva v Real Madrid, VEB Arena 21:00
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
PSG v Crvena Zvezda, Parc des Princes 18:55
Lokomotiv Moskva v Schalke 04, RZD Arena 18:55
Porto v Galatasaray, Estadio Do Dragao 21:00
Atletico Madrid v Club Brugge, Estadio Wanda Metropolitano 21:00
PSV v Internazionale, Philips Stadion 21:00
Borussia Dortmund v Monaco, Signal-Iduna-Park 21:00
Napoli v Liverpool, Stadio San Paolo 21:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona, Wembley Stadium 21:00
Tuesday, 23 October 2018
AEK Athens v Bayern Munchen, Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis 18:55
Young Boys v Valencia, STADE DE SUISSE Wankdorf Bern 18:55
Real Madrid v Viktoria Plzen, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu 21:00
Ajax v Benfica, Johan Cruijff ArenA 21:00
Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City, Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist 21:00
Manchester United v Juventus, Old Trafford 21:00
Roma v CSKA Moskva, Stadio Olimpico 21:00
Hoffenheim v Olympique Lyonnais, Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 21:00
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Club Brugge v Monaco, Jan Breydelstadion 18:55
PSV v Tottenham Hotspur, Philips Stadion 18:55
Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda, Anfield 21:00
Barcelona v Internazionale, Camp Nou 21:00
PSG v Napoli, Parc des Princes 21:00
Lokomotiv Moskva v Porto, RZD Arena 21:00
Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid, Signal-Iduna-Park 21:00
Galatasaray v Schalke 04, Turk Telekom Stadyumu 21:00
Tuesday, 06 November 2018
Monaco v Club Brugge, Stade Louis II 19:55
Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool, Stadion Rajko Mitic 19:55
Porto v Lokomotiv Moskva, Estadio Do Dragao 22:00
Atletico Madrid v Borussia Dortmund, Estadio Wanda Metropolitano 22:00
Internazionale v Barcelona, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 22:00
Napoli v PSG, Stadio San Paolo 22:00
Schalke 04 v Galatasaray, Veltins-Arena 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v PSV, Wembley Stadium 22:00
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