Gab grabs chance to shine as City stroll
Gabriel Jesus grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester city, aided by a farcical penalty decision, edged closer towards the Champions League last 16 by thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.
City were leading 1-0 through David Silva in the Group F encounter at the Etihad Stadium when Raheem Sterling stubbed his toe and fell over to earn a freak spot-kick which Jesus converted.
Shakhtar had a right to feel aggrieved but they were otherwise outplayed for a second time in two weeks by City, who made victory certain through Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and two more Jesus strikes.
In the other Group F clash, Hoffenheim revived their hopes of reaching the last 16 as Pavel Kaderabek scored an injury-time equaliser to cap a dramatic comeback with 10 men and snatch a 2-2 draw at Lyon.
First-half strikes from Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele put Lyon in control at the Groupama Stadium, and Kasim Nuhu’s sending off shortly after the restart left Hoffenheim with a mountain to climb.
But Andrej Kramaric gave the Germans hope, and Kaderabek popped up at the back post to stab in a dramatic leveller in the second minute of added time and extend Hoffenheim’s debut group-stage campaign.
Elsewhere a Robert Lewandowski double against AEK Athens put Bayern Munich in firm control of Group F, as second-placed Ajax were held at Benfica.
Roma are behind Group G leaders Real Madrid but only on goal difference thanks to an early Kostas Manolas header and Lorenzo Pellegrini’s neat finish against 10-man CSKA Moscow.
Valencia are still in the hunt for qualification in Group H, two points behind second-placed Man United, as a Santi Mina double powered them to a 3-1 victory over Young Boys.
12 goals scored by City in their last two games
Hat-trick hero: Gabriel Jesus.