Manchester City recorded their biggest win in the Champions League as they thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk â but an injury-time goal in the other group match meant they must wait to secure qualification for the last 16.
A hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus, including a bizarre penalty, and goals from David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling gave City a 6-0 win, eclipsing their 5-0 away success against Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of a play-off tie in August 2016.
City captain Silva opened the scoring with a tap-in after Mahrez had twisted to create space for a low cross, before the hosts doubled their lead in strange circumstances.
Sterling fell over as he kicked the ground under no challenge and referee Viktor Kassai wrongly awarded the penalty, which Jesus converted for the first of his three goals. Raheem Sterlingâs second-half goal was his seventh club goal of the season.
There was no doubt about Cityâs third goal as Sterling ran at the visiting defence and curled a shot past goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov from the edge of the penalty area.
Kassai did get one penalty decision correct as Silva was clumsily brought down by Taras Stepanenko before Jesus scored his second penalty of the evening to make it 4-0.
Mahrez then did well to control a pass from Ilkay Gundogan on his chest and shooting past Pyatov for Cityâs fifth goal, before Jesus sealed his hat-trick from Mahrezâs pass.
That looked to have been enough to take City into the knockout stages of the competition for a sixth successive season before Hoffenheimâs late equaliser cut the celebrations short.
Pep Guardiolaâs side are top of Group F and were heading into the next phase, until 10-man Hoffenheim came from 2-0 down and scored a 92nd-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Lyon.
But City will qualify as group winners with one game to spare if they win away at Lyon on Tuesday, 27 November.
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