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Man City’s unbeaten run ends in Ukraine

Ukraine Soccer Champions League

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, right, runs with the ball with Shakhtar’s Taras Stepanenko during the Champions League group F soccer match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Manchester City lost for the first time in 23 matches this season, as a young back line was a part of an otherwise meaningless 2-1 UEFA Champions League group stage finale loss at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Bernard and Ismaily scored six minutes apart as the Ukrainian hosts built a 2-0 halftime lead, and a stoppage time penalty from Sergio Aguero was all City could muster against Paulo Fonseca’s hosts.

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City started youngsters Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden as well as Eliaquim Mangala and Danilo. Pep Guardiola also handed a rare appearance to 18-year-old Brahim Diaz.

The win gives Shakhtar a spot in the knockout rounds, though they still finish three points and nine goals worth of differential behind City in Group F.

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