Gab grabs chance to shine as City stroll

Sport360 - - Champions League - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­

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.

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