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Manchester City comfortably beat Shakhtar Donetsk to reignite Champions League ambitions

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's side discover European form to reignite title ambitions

Callum Rice-Coates
Tuesday 23 October 2018 18:34
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David Silva celebrates scoring City's opener
David Silva celebrates scoring City's opener

Manchester City made light work of Shakhtar Donetsk in their 3-0 victory in Ukraine to kick-start their Champions League ambitions.

Kevin De Bruyne, who made his first start of the season, saw a deflected shot turned in by David Silva to open the scoring and ease any nerves that Pep Guardiola’s may have been feeling following their defeat against Lyon and their slim, last minute win against Hoffenheim.

Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva scored either side of the break as City topped Group F following Lyon’s draw against Hoffenheim.


When is it?

Kick off in Ukraine is at 20:00 BST.

Where can I watch online?

BT Sport will be showing live coverage on BT Sport 3 and online to customers on the BT Sport app. The Independent’s dedicated live blog will also provide live updates throughout the match.

Head to head record

These sides met in last season’s Champions League, and City won 2-0 at home, but were beaten 2-1 away.

Odds

Manchester City to win: 1/3

Shakhtar Donetsk to win: 9/1

Draw: 5/1

Prediction

Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3 Manchester City

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Welcome!

The Champions League is back and the famous anthem is set to bellow around the continent in just a few hours time, and there are some great matches on offer tonight.

We'll be focusing on Cristinao Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford, where Manchester Unted host Juventus. Manchester City are also in action against Shakhtar Donetsk, and Real Madrid play Plzen Viktoria.

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Ronaldo's reception

Much of the focus tonight will be on Cristiano Ronaldo's welcome at Old Trafford. It's been a while since he played here, but he hasn't been forgotten.

 All eyes will be on the Portuguese forward here.

Lawrence Ostlere23 October 2018 18:49
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Team News

Here's Manchester United's team for tonight's game. It's the same XI that started against Chelsea for Jose Mourinho

Lawrence Ostlere23 October 2018 18:58
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Team News

And for Manchester City. It's a welcome return for Kevin De Bruyne.

Lawrence Ostlere23 October 2018 19:02
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Strong record

Juventus are in formidable form against English opposition. They knocked Tottenham out in last year's Champions League, beat Manchester City twice in the group stages in 2015-16 and eliminated Chelsea in 2012-13. Manchester United, then, should be wary of suffering a similar fate.

Lawrence Ostlere23 October 2018 19:07
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Mourinho walks

No, he hasn't resigned. But he has taken drastic measures to reach Old Trafford on time. The team bus was delayed, so Mourinho and his entourage arrived on foot. At least he's keeping fit.

Lawrence Ostlere23 October 2018 19:18
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Team News

The Juventus lineup is in. As expected, Ronaldo leads the line, and he's joined in attack by Paulo Dybala.

Lawrence Ostlere23 October 2018 19:22

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