The first of the city's two spot kicks – both transformed by Gabriel Jesus – were awarded when Sterling fell…
The first of the city’s two spot kicks – both transformed by Gabriel Jesus – were awarded when Sterling fell over stumping his foot on the ground as he tried to shoot, with nearby Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko not touching him.
Sterling told BT Sport: “I went to break the ball and I do not know what happened next.
” I ended up on the floor and turned around. I do not think I felt the contact, it was just my bad one.
“I hit the floor and trampled the floor. I apologize to the judge (Viktor Kassai) and apologize to Shakhtar.”
In his post-match press conference, City Manager Pep Guardiola acknowledged “We immediately realized that there was no punishment”.
Guardiola was then asked if there was any obligation for Sterling to indicate to the referee that he knew how he had fallen. 19659004] In his response, he referred to the event in last season’s 2-1 quarterfinal second leg defeat to Liverpool when City’s Leroy Sane had an incorrectly wronged offside when the ball was accidentally spelled to him by Reds midfielder James Milner
Guardiola said, “He could do it, yes. But last season, Liverpool – Milner could pass the second goal in the 44th minute, it was a legal goal.
“He could do it, but of course (Judge Antonio) Mateu L ahoz did not want to admit that goal, so that’s why it happened.
“You can do it. We do not like to really make a goal in that situation.
” WHAT IS WHAT IT IS. The judges, as I said a long time ago, must be helped. They want to do a good performance, they do not want to make mistakes, but today the game is fast and fast and the players are more skilled.
“They must be helped because in the end it takes three, four, 10 seconds for someone to say there’s no punishment. That’s what it is.”
He then asked when a coach would ever tell for a punisher to pass the ball to the goalkeeper: “No. I’ve never said (no). But I’m young so I’ll learn.”
City was 1-0 up by a David Silva finish when the event occurred halfway through the first half. Sterling then made it 3-0 with a fine goal before Jesus added his second spot kick and then wrapped up a hat trick, either side of a Riyad Mahrez strike.
While City has moved closer to the qualifying for the past 16, they had got a place confirmed if Hoffenheim had not made a late equalization to draw 2-2 in Lyon.
Guardiola, whose Premier League team beat Southampton 6-1 on Sunday, said: “I’m (very happy), I really am. We again made an incredible achievement.”
“It’s a tough competition, Champions League. Unfortunately, we are not already qualified for the next step, but we are so close and we will try to keep and maintain that level. “
City has nine points in Group F, Lyon – as they face next – have sex, Hoffenheim have three and Shakhtar has two.