(Reuters) – Manchester City began to pull their weight like proper Champions League heavyweights when they became the first English team to win at Shakhtar Donetsk in European competition with a handsome 3-0 win in their group F match in Kharkiv on Tuesday.
City, who false started in their campaign with their only loss of the season at home to Olympique Lyonnais, were a wholly different proposition, waltzing to victory with goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and substitute Bernardo Silva.
What looked a potentially difficult 1,700-mile visit to the Ukrainian champions, who had beaten Pep Guardiola’s men in the group stages last year, was made to look effortlessly routine as the dazzling David Silva orchestrated their dominance.
City could easily have scored more but the victory put the English champions top of the group on six points, a point clear of Lyon, who drew 3-3 at Hoffenheim, who have two points along with bottom-placed Shakhtar.
(Reporting by Ian Chadband, editing by Pritha Sarkar)