Manchester City pummelled Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium Wednesday evening to boost their Champions League Knockout qualification, with Gabriel Jesus hitting a first senior hat-trick.
Pep Guardiola’s side were dominant from the first whistle, taking the lead in the 13th minute through David Silva and they were gifted a second following Viktor Kassai’s decision to award them a dubious penalty midway through the first-half.
The Hungarian referee pointed to the spot thinking Mykola Matvyenko tripped Raheem Sterling but the England forward actually kicked the ground before going down. Jesus took full advantage, converting from the spot to send the hosts into the break with a two-goal advantage.
More goals were scored in the second half through Sterling, a second penalty from Jesus and Riyad Mahrez before Jesus rounded off City’s biggest European win by completing his hat-trick.
Elsewhere, struggling defending champions Real Madrid whitewashed Viktoria Plzen 50 with Karim Benzema grabbing a brace.
After a sluggish opening 20 minutes from the current title holders, Benzema slotted home his first – his 200th goal for Real Madrid – before Casemiro had a free header three minutes later.
The Frenchman scored his second in the 37th minute as he also nodded home with Gareth Bale – who set up the previous goal – firing home to make it 4-0 before half-time.