Two wins from two in group F puts Manchester City in prime position 3 points ahead of Napoli, after their 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League match Tuesday night.
City were not at their engaging best during this match, nonetheless they have now won seven matches in a row in all competitions, scoring 26 goals along the way.
And with City fans struggling to embrace this particular competition because of the way their club has been treated by UEFA over a number of issues, the fans booed both sides as the national anthems were played into the Etihad Stadium.
Aguero missed a hatful of chances to become the club’s joint all time record scorer alongside Eric Brooks who set the 177 goal record back in 1939. He particularly missed a golden chance in a second half penalty, but his shot was saved by Andriy Pyatov who flung himself to the right to stop the ball.
It was Kevin De Bruyne who put City ahead in the second half. After playing a one-two with David Silva, he scored with a beautiful curling shot from outside the area. Having previously provided 4 assists for his colleagues, this was the Belgian’s first goal of the season.
Raheem Sterling grabbed a late one for City when Kyle Walker sent Bernardo Silva free down the right wing and the substitute’s cross was swept home by an unmarked Sterling for his sixth goal in just eight appearances this season.
“We didn’t concede almost anything but it is a tough, tough, tough team to play, Shakhtar Donetsk, always,” City manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports after the match.
“In the last eight or 10 years they were always in the Champions League. They sometimes arrive in the quarter-finals. It is always complicated to play against them, that is why I am so satisfied.”