An End To ManCity’s Unbeaten Run

Manchester City’s 28-match unbeaten run came to an end after losing 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in their final Champions League Group C clash.

Jubilant Shakhtar, who needed only a point to qualify for the last 16, gained victory thanks to Bernard’s fine curling effort (26) and Ismaily’s simple finish (32) after City goalkeeper Ederson had committed himself outside of the box.

Sergio Aguero’s injury-time penalty (90+1) halved the deficit, but the final result puts an end to City’s fine run in all competitions, going back to April, as well as their 20-match winning streak from this season.

City had already secured top spot in the group before the game, and the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League will be at 11am on Monday.

With all group tables decided, Pep Guardiola’s side will face either Bayern Munich, Basel, Juventus, Sevilla, Porto or holders Real Madrid.

Manchester City, looking ahead to Sunday’s Manchester derby , made seven changes for the trip to Kharkiv as Guardiola handed 17-year-old Phil Foden his first start.

 

This was Pep Guardiola’s 100th Champions League game as a manager; while at 46 years of age, he is the youngest to reach a century of games in competition history

Phil Foden became the youngest English player to start a Champions League game in competition history (17y 191d).

The 17-year-old is also the first player born in the 21st Century to start a game in the Champions League (born in May 2000).

City now go to rivals Manchester United on Super Sunday, before then going to Swansea on Wednesday night. They will find out their last 16 opponents in Monday’s draw.

 

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