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Shakhtar edge out Legia

Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 23.15CET
Legia Warszawa 2-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (agg: 2-4) Two Ciprian Marica strikes helped Shakhtar fight off a brave challenge from Legia in Warsaw.

Match statistics

LegiaShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 23.15CET

Shakhtar edge out Legia

Legia Warszawa 2-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (agg: 2-4) Two Ciprian Marica strikes helped Shakhtar fight off a brave challenge from Legia in Warsaw.

Three first-half goals, including two by Ciprian Marica, helped FC Shakhtar Donetsk fight off a brave challenge from Legia Warszawa and win 4-2 on aggregate to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Slender lead
The Ukrainian champions went into the second leg of the third qualifying round tie with a slender one-goal advantage given to them two weeks ago by Elano Blumer, a lead that disappeared 19 minutes into the return as Piotr Włodarczyk opened the scoring for Legia from Edson's free-kick. The home crowd's delight proved short-lived, however, as the tie was turned completely on its head by two quick strikes from Ciprian Marica and Fernandinho on the counterattack to give Shakhtar the edge once more.

Legia woe
Polish champions Legia have suffered a poor start to the defence of their title with only one win in four league games and their morale was hit further as Marica scored a third for the visitors in first-half injury time thanks to an assist from the influential Anatoliy Tymoschuk.

Controlling influence
After the break the Ukrainian side dominated the play, keeping the ball from the helpless Legia players, and although Włodarczyk did score a late consolation from close range two minutes from time it did little to diminish Shakhtar's joy. Their attention now turns to the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco while for Legia the UEFA Cup awaits.

Last updated: 24/08/06 9.53CET

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