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Inspired Shakhtar keep dream alive

Published: Thursday 23 November 2006, 0.09CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 AS Roma The fight for second place in Group D will go right down to the wire after Ciprian Marica's second-half goal sunk Roma.
by Kevin Affleck

Match statistics

Shakhtar DonetskRoma

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners2
 
2
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed25
 
20
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 23 November 2006, 0.09CET

Inspired Shakhtar keep dream alive

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 AS Roma The fight for second place in Group D will go right down to the wire after Ciprian Marica's second-half goal sunk Roma.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk handed themselves a UEFA Champions League lifeline by defeating AS Roma to ensure the race to join Valencia CF in the knockout rounds will be a last-day sprint between Mircea Lucescu's men and the Italian challengers.

Crucial strike
Ciprian Marica's 61st-minute header was enough to earn Shakhtar all three points in the Group D encounter at the RSC Olympiyskiy Stadium. The victory moved the Ukrainian side on to five points, meaning they could yet sneak through if they win at UEFA Cup hopefuls Olympiacos CFP on Matchday 6 and Roma lose at home to Valencia. A point would be enough for the Giallorossi, who have seven, to progress.

Must win
A draw in Donetsk would have seen Roma through with a game to spare, yet Shakhtar responded well to the pressure of needing a victory. The visitors had put seven unanswered goals past Calcio Catania at the weekend but they played with scant trace of that attacking flair during the first 45 minutes as Shakhtar made all the running. Making light of the absences of Tomáš Hübschman, Mariusz Lewandowski and key midfielder Matuzalem, Shakhtar played with real zest and warmed the home crowd with a rousing first-half display.

Front foot
Prompted by the artistry of Jadson Rodriguez and the industry of Fernandinho, they gave the Roma defence - fortified by the returning Christian Panucci and Philippe Mexes - a searching examination of their mettle. Brandão, the muscular Brazilian, proved a particular handful and the best two best chances of the opening period fell his way. The pony-tailed striker saw a header from Jadson's flighted cross whistle wide of the post and an effort on 38 minutes smothered by goalkeeper Doni.

Limited threat
Roma threatened sporadically and most of their best moments were orchestrated by Francesco Totti, notably when he flashed a free-kick across the face of goal seconds before the interval. Shakhtar showed the same urgency after the break and they would surely have got their noses in front had Mexes not produced a wonderful covering tackle to deny Marica as the Romanian international shaped to shoot after being teed up by Fernandinho.

Deadlock broken
Fernandino and Jadson continued to pull the midfield strings and it was the craft of the latter Brazilian that helped break the deadlock on 61 minutes. Moving inside from his position on the left flank, Jadson picked out the well-timed run of Marica who sprung the Roma offside trap to head high past Doni. Visiting coach Luciano Spalletti finally shelved his cautious approach in the 78th minute by introducing David Pizarro and Vincenzo Montella, but it was Shakhtar who looked more likely to add their tally and they nearly did when Fernandinho fizzed a long-range effort just over the bar.

Attacking change
Mindful of the four goals they had conceded in a sensational 23-minute spell on Matchday 1 against the same opponents, Shakhtar refused to sit back and defend their advantage and it was a sign of their attacking intent when Lucescu replaced Marica with Julius Aghahowa in an attempt to sustain the forward momentum. Attack subsequently proved the best form of defence as the home side held on with ease.

Last updated: 22/11/06 23.44CET

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Lineups

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

roma

Roma

35
ShustBohdan Shust (GK)
32
DoniDoni (GK)
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Yellow Card84
6
DuljajIgor Duljaj
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution78
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
Substitution90+1
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
25
BrandãoBrandão
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card45+2
29
MaricaCiprian Marica
Goal61
Substitution75
21
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
Substitution69
33
SrnaDarijo Srna
30
ManciniMancini
Substitution78
38
JádsonJádson
Substitution81
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
Yellow Card84

Substitutes

12
ShutkovDmytro Shutkov (GK)
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
10
VukićZvonimir Vukić
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution69
Yellow Card89
17
AghahowaJulius Aghahowa
Substitution75
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
Substitution78
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
Substitution90+1
18
VirgaValerio Virga
20
BielikOlexiy Bielik
23
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution78
32
SviderskiyVyacheslav Sviderskiy
28
RosiAleandro Rosi
36
ElanoElano
Substitution81
35
OkakaStefano Okaka

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Harry Ehing (GER), Christian Dingert (GER)

Fourth official

Günter Perl (GER)

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