Manchester City Under 19s overcame Ukrainian side Shahkter Donestk 3-1 in the Uefa Youth League at the academy stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the home side who started the better of the sides and created the first opening on eight minutes when Benjamin Garre was played through by Matthew Smith but his effort was well dealt with by Vertei Vladyslav in the Shahkter goal.
It was all pressure from Simon Davie’s young Blues early on and on 13 minutes they created another good opportunity as Phillip Foden linked up with Garre before the latter’s effort curled just wide of the upright.
Vladsyslav was then called into action once again on 32 minutes as he made a fantastic save to keep out a low Brahim Diaz free-kick from 25 yards out.
A minute later Vladsyslav was called upon to once again make another fine save as the impressive Diaz danced his way into the box before seeing his powerful drive pushed away by the keeper.
To their credit Shahkter were frustrating their opponents with their deep defending and it was they who had the next chance when Konoplia Yukhym broke from deep before his low cross was well cut out by Edward Francis as Kulakov Andrii was lurking at the back post.
City were playing some fantastic football and were unlucky not be ahead on 40 minutes as neat build up play saw Rabbi Matondo hit a low effort from just outside the box just wide of the target.
However, the young citizens were to take the lead on 42 minutes when Joel Latibeaudiere rose highest from a corner to thump his header into the net leaving the visiting keeper with no chance of saving.
On the stroke of the break City could have doubled their lead as Vladyslav made yet another superb stop as Foden was played in by Diaz before his powerful effort was tipped away from danger.
The second half started just who the first had ended with City on top as the superb Vladyselav came to his sides rescue again as he made a brilliant save to keep out Matondi as he was played one on one with the keeper.
But Davie’s side didn’t take long to double their advantage as Foden pounced on a defensive error by Shahkter to fire the ball into the net after the Ukrainian side failed to deal with a cross from Gorre.
However, the two-goal advantage didn’t last long as the visitors pulled a goal back minutes later when captain Yakimets Voldomyr drilled home an effort from just outside the area leaving Daniel Grimshaw in the City goal stranded.
Diaz was impressing the home crowd with his constant running and he created another good opening on 54 minutes he skipped past the challenges before his shot was well blocked by Bondar Valerii.
City were playing some fine football and they could have had the third on 59 minutes as Jacob Davenport let fly from range only to see the ball whistle just wide of the target.
Matondi was determined to get his goal and he was very close to doing just that on 63 minutes as he hit a low effort from range that was well saved by Vladyselav as he pushed the ball away.
City however were nearly caught out on 63 minutes as Grimshaw made a good save as Konoplia hit a long-range effort the young keeper got down well to claim.
A minute later Grimshaw made another terrific save as he kept out a powerful drive from point black range to deny Toplav Dmytro.
In an end to end battle Vladyselav was called into action yet action as he made another good save this time to deny Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru as he hit a stunning strike from 30 yards out.
Foden then created another good opening that would have sealed the win for the Blues as on 77 minutes he skipped the tackles to fire his effort just wide.
With only one goal in it Shahkter were close to stealing an equaliser late on as Latibeaudrie came to his sides rescue when he made a superb block to deny Kholod Artem.
However the win was sealed in injury time as Diaz fired in a low cross for substitute Tyler Richards and he lashed his effort into the net leaving the keeper with no chance.