Manchester City’s 28-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end tonight, with City going down 2-1 at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk.
City would have made it 21 consecutive wins, but couldn’t get the win on a frustrating night in Ukraine.
The hosts only needed a point to join City in the knockout stages of the Champions League but got all three to finish as the runners-up in Group F.
Brazilian Bernard curled in a sublime shot to see Shakhtar go one goal to the good inside 26 minutes. Ismaily then doubled their lead just six minutes later, nudging the ball past an onrushing Ederson before tapping the ball into an empty net.
Sergio Aguero came on with 20 minutes remaining, and the Argentine halved the deficit a minute into stoppage time, smashing a penalty into the top corner giving the goalkeeper n chance.
The Cityzens had already been confirmed as group winners, so Pep Guardiola made plenty of changes for this game with the Manchester Derby in mind, which takes place at Old Trafford this coming Sunday.
Here are my ratings for the game in Ukraine:
It may have a come as a surprise when the Brazilian was named in the team ahead of Claudio Bravo, given the fact that City had already been confirmed as group winners a couple of weeks ago and that the Chilean has rarely featured this season.
He was at fault for Shakhtar’s second as he was caught out on the edge of his area when the goal scorer Ismailly nudged the ball past him.
The Brazilian had to deal with the trickery of Bernard and a pacey Ismaily, and he struggled massively.
Hasn’t had the best starts to his City career, but things can only get better.
Tosin Adarabioyo: 5
The young lad from Manchester looked to be out of his depth tonight, but this may also be down to Danilo’s struggles down City’s right.
He looked marginally better when Pep changed it to a four at the back when Aguero replaced Fernandinho with 20 minutes left, but still not his best night in a City shirt.
Eliaquim Mangala: 4
Did not seem comfortable playing as part of a back three at all, and he struggled to keep up with the pace of the game.
The Frenchman also nearly gifted Shakhtar a goal just after their first, playing the ball straight to Bernard for the tricky attacker to run at the defence with, though nothing came of it.
Performed slightly better than his central defensive partners Adarabioyo and Mangala, though was still run ragged by the Shakhtar attack.
Sergio Aguero replaced him with 20 minutes left on the clock, with Guardiola maybe having his mind on the Manchester Derby at the weekend where the Brazilian is a guaranteed starter.
Phil Foden: 6
Although out of position, he worked hard for the team in an attacking sense as well as a defensive one.
Misplaced a fair few passes to his teammates, but no more than his other defensive partners.
Yaya Toure: 6
The big Ivorian is nowhere near the player he once was.
He tried his best to get City into the game when he had the ball at his feet, but the Shakhtar midfield and attack glided past him with ease when he wasn’t on the ball.
Ilkay Gundogan: 6
Like Toure, he tried his hardest to get City back into the game once the Blues had gone 2-0 down, though the lack of movement by the payers in front him made it hard for him.
His passing wasn’t as good as usual, but that is something to improve on for next time.
Leroy Sane: 5
The young German has struggled over the last few games for City, which may be down to fatigue.
With that in mind and with the Manchester Derby being this weekend, maybe Pep should’ve given him a rest ahead of the enormous fixture in the title race.
Bernardo Silva: 5
He was given a chance to impress with Kevin de Bruyne suspended and David Silva out injured, but he failed to do so.
He was mostly ineffective for most of the game and struggled when he was on the ball.
Gabriel Jesus: 5
The young Brazilian didn’t make much impact with his movement being a concern, something that isn’t usually said about the youngster.
Jesus has only scored two goals in his last 11 appearances for City, with the attacker looking short of confidence.
He may be in contention for a start in the Derby at the weekend with David Silva a doubt for the game, though it is likely an extra midfielder will start the game if the Spanish maestro. With Aguero starting tonight’s game on the sidelines the Samba star may have to settle for a place on the bench in the biggest game of the season so far.
Brahim Diaz: 7
The 18-year-old looked lively when he came on to replace Leroy Sane midway through the second period, while he also completed eight dribbles in the game.
Star of the future.
Sergio Aguero: 6
City looked more like scoring when the Argentine came onto the pitch. He also scored our only goal of the game, smashing the ball into the top corner from the penalty spot.