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Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Manchester City 1: Pep Guardiola’s side endure first defeat of the season but still claim top spot

YOU can’t win ’em all Pep. Manchester City’s 29 match unbeaten record – stretching back 227 days – finally came to an end in freezing Ukraine. But if you’re goin…

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YOU can’t win ’em all Pep.

Manchester City’s 29 match unbeaten record – stretching back 227 days – finally came to an end in freezing Ukraine.

Bernard curled in a sensational opener to break the deadlock

REUTERS 9 Bernard curled in a sensational opener to break the deadlock

Shakhtar celebrate scoring the first of the night

REUTERS 9 Shakhtar celebrate scoring the first of the night

But if you’re going to lose a game then this was the time to do it – in a dead rubber with their place in the last 16 long since guaranteed.

And what’s more he was able to give most of his stars the night off ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.

Shakhtar booked their place in the knock-out stages – with boss Paulo Fonseca promising he would carry out his post match media duties wearing a Zorro mask if they got through.

Meanwhile his opposite number could not mask his own disappointment as his 100th game as a boss in his favourite competition ended in defeat.

Ismaily beat Ederson to the ball to put his side two goals ahead

AFP or licensors 9 Ismaily beat Ederson to the ball to put his side two goals ahead

Question marks will be raised over Ederson’s failure to deal with the ball

EPA 9 Question marks will be raised over Ederson’s failure to deal with the ball

Yet he will soon get over it.

His team clinched their place in the last 16 five weeks ago and their win over Feyenoord three weeks later secured top spot.

And while City travelled over here with a virtually full squad, he made a raft of changes to the team who beat West Ham at the weekend.

The Manchester derby at Old Trafford is looming on Sunday and most of his main men will have put their feet up last night.

Even so, his starting line up was worth upwards of £280 million – while it also included two of their academy players – Phil Foden and Tosin Adarabioyo.

Gabriel Jesus won City a penalty right at the death

AFP or licensors 9 Gabriel Jesus won City a penalty right at the death

Brahim Diaz was handed the chance to impress off the bench

EPA 9 Brahim Diaz was handed the chance to impress off the bench

Shakhtar needed to avoid defeat to book their own passage through – with Napoli waiting to pounce if they slipped up.

And it was clear the Ukrainians had more riding on this game from the off.

Fernandinho – captaining City against his old club – made a superb block to deny Facundo Ferreyra after a pull back from Taras Stepanenko.

But before the half hour mark the home side were ahead as Marlos made his way through the visitors before laying the ball out to Bernard.

There did not look much on for the Brazilian international on the left side of the box but he curled a super shot which looped over Ederson into the top corner.

City have kept a clean sheet only once in their last 14 away games in this competition – against Feyenoord in September.

Pep Guardiola endured his first defeat of the season

REUTERS 9 Pep Guardiola endured his first defeat of the season

Within a couple of minutes Bernard could have added a second as he got on the end of a flowing move but was denied by his countryman in City’s goal.

However the normally confident Ederson was caught in two minds as he dashed out to challenge Ismaily as he chased a ball over the top.

He got there but seemed to pull out of the challenge – allowing the defender to roll the ball into the empty net.

It was way back in late April – 29 matches ago – that City last tasted defeat in a competitive game – but that record was surely coming to an end.

Shakhtar manager Paulo Fonseca dresses up as Zorro at press conference after they beat Manchester City to reach last 16

Ben Foden was given a chance to shine in the Champions League

REUTERS 9 Ben Foden was given a chance to shine in the Champions League

They did have their moments – with Foden threading a super pass through to Gabriel Jesus but Andriy Pyatov got down well to thwart him.

The usual intensity had been missing from City in the opening half and no doubt Guardiola had some strong words at half-time.

They could have got back in it soon after the re-start as Bernardo SIlva crossed for Leroy Sane but his shot was well saved.

Fernandinho also planted a header wide when he should have done better after more good work from Bernardo.

Bernardo Silva struggled to make an impact in Ukraine

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho tells Manchester City to can the celebrations until they actually win something

JOSE MOURINHO has told Manchester City: Don’t sing until you win something. City stars hailed the 4-1 beating of Spurs with a video mocking Mourinho’s tactics, chanting ‘Park the bus, park the bus,…

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JOSE MOURINHO has told Manchester City: Don’t sing until you win something.

City stars hailed the 4-1 beating of Spurs with a video mocking Mourinho’s tactics, chanting ‘Park the bus, park the bus, Man United’.

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But the Special One rapped: “We don’t do circus. We want to play until the last match.

“Last match in the Premier League, Watford at Old Trafford, mid-May. Until then, every match we go.

“If you do that question to us and then you do it to the third and the fourth and to the fifth and to the sixth, probably they disappear.

“Probably they want to go on holidays. We don’t want to go on holidays.”

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Mourinho sparked a 20-man tunnel brawl at Old Trafford last weekend when he confronted City players as they loudly celebrated their 2-1 derby win.

City’s taunt after Saturday’s victory over Spurs went viral on social media but Mourinho added:  “I didn’t see, I didn’t watch. I am not interested in doing that.”

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SPOTY 2017 voting figures: Anthony Joshua amazingly misses out on third by 18 VOTES – and where did Lewis Hamilton finish?

SIR MO FARAH won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in a huge shock in Liverpool. The running great, 34, retired from the track this year and picked up the big BBC prize for the first tim…

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SIR MO FARAH won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in a huge shock in Liverpool.

The running great, 34, retired from the track this year and picked up the big BBC prize for the first time in his career.

 Anthony Joshua is all smiles as Sir Mo Farah is named SPOTY 2017 winnerBBC Anthony Joshua is all smiles as Sir Mo Farah is named SPOTY 2017 winner

Farah was a 50/1 shot with the bookies before the end of year sporting bash.

Heavyweight boxing champ Anthony Joshua, meanwhile had odds as short as 1/8 to win. In the end AJ finished 18 VOTES away from a podium position.

 Unbeaten heavyweight world boxing champion Anthony Joshua was one of the favourites to win the main awardGetty Images – Getty Unbeaten heavyweight world boxing champion Anthony Joshua was one of the favourites to win the main award  Sir Mo Farah ended up winning the Sports Personality award ahead of Anthony Joshua and Lewis HamiltonPA:Press Association Sir Mo Farah ended up winning the Sports Personality award ahead of Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton

Full BBC SPOTY voting figures

Mo Farah 83,524

Jonathan Rea 80,567

Jonnie Peacock 73,429

Anthony Joshua 73,411

Adam Peaty 63,739

Lewis Hamilton 60,627

Chris Froome 47,683

Harry Kane 18,759

Anya Shrubsole 15,237

Bianca Walkden 13,962

Johanna Konta 7,591

Elise Christie 6,504

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in cash jibe at runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City

ANTONIO CONTE fears Manchester City will gobble up all before them because of the club’s mega-spending power. City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after spending £220million in…

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ANTONIO CONTE fears Manchester City will gobble up all before them because of the club’s mega-spending power.

City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after spending £220million in the summer.

 Antonio Conte fears Man City can afford to buy all the best playersGetty Images Antonio Conte fears Man City can afford to buy all the best players

Now they are ready with a £70m bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk next month as they power towards the title.

Chelsea boss Conte reckons it is not a fair fight on or off the field as a result. He said: “Every team, every club, must pay great attention.

“If a club like Manchester City takes all the best players, it will be very difficult for us to compete — not only in England but in Europe.”

Chelsea could rival City in the hunt for Van Dijk but the Etihad outfit are favourites along with Liverpool  to land the highly-rated Holland centre-back.

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Conte admits City boss Pep Guardiola has used his money well — even if their spending power has given the league leaders the edge.

Chelsea’s Italian boss said: “When you have this opportunity to go in the market to spend a lot of money, I think it is right to do this.

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“You must obviously be very, very good to spend your money in the right way. Sometimes you can spend a lot of money in a bad way.

“You must be clever to understand the positions you have to improve. Last season we did a fantastic job.

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