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Slick Shakhtar see off Basel

Published: Wednesday 17 September 2008, 0.30CET
FC Basel 1893 1-2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
A brace of free-kicks from Fernandinho and Jadson helped the Ukrainian champions to an impressive win at St. Jakob-Park in their Group C opener.
by Gavin Jackson
from St. Jakob-Park
Slick Shakhtar see off Basel
Fernandinho (right) celebrates his sensational strike with team-mate Olexandr Kucher ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BaselShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target6
 
9
Corners3
 
7
Offsides0
5
Fouls committed18
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

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Published: Wednesday 17 September 2008, 0.30CET

Slick Shakhtar see off Basel

FC Basel 1893 1-2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
A brace of free-kicks from Fernandinho and Jadson helped the Ukrainian champions to an impressive win at St. Jakob-Park in their Group C opener.

A brace of free-kicks from Fernandinho and Jadson helped FC Shakhtar Donetsk to an impressive 2-1 win at FC Basel 1893 in their Group C opener.

Free-kick success
Fernandinho's thunderbolt put the Ukrainian double winners ahead after 25 minutes at St. Jakob-Park before his fellow Brazilian Jadson doubled their advantage seconds before the interval to give Shakhtar a winning start to their fifth UEFA Champions League campaign. David Abraham's stoppage-time strike proved little consolation for the hosts.

Charged forward
Urged on by the vocal support massed behind captain Franco Costanzo's goal, Basel charged forward promisingly from kick-off. Striker Eren Derdiyok, playing his first game for a fortnight after a thigh injury, almost made the early pressure tell as he flashed an early header just wide.

Menacing visitors
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu, though, had promised his side would be playing for victory and, after calming Basel's early ardour, the visitors looked distinctly the more menacing. Jadson's probing proved a constant concern for the Basel defence and the diminutive playmaker – one of five Brazilians in the starting XI - escaped down the right on 16 minutes before producing a cross which Luiz Adriano narrowly failed to turn goalwards.

Sublime strike
Though it was slick passing which threatened to open up the home defence on more than one occasion, it was set-pieces that would ultimately prove their undoing. François Marque's clumsy challenge on Luiz Adriano some thirty metres from goal allowed deep-lying playmaker Fernandinho, who had already seen one long-range effort fly over the bar, to produce a sublime strike which was still rising as it sped past Costanzo.

Arcing delivery
Basel pressure was sporadic as Shakhtar dominated, and they were rewarded with a second goal in the dying seconds of the half. Reto Zanni's handball on the left flank led to Jadson viciously arcing in a free-kick which evaded the onrushing mass of players and came to rest in the right-hand corner of Costanzo's net.

Astute pass
Basel coach Christian Gross responded to his side's difficulties at half-time by withdrawing Derdiyok and Valentin Stocker, and their replacements made an immediate impact. The second half was just four minutes old when Orhan Mustafi forced Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov into his first save of the match with an angled drive, before Carlitos's astute ball led to Eduardo shooting inches wide of Pyatov's right-hand post.

Superb reactions
Given their two-goal cushion, Shakhtar were understandably less enterprising than in the opening half, though the Ukrainian champions very nearly created a third on 66 minutes. With Basel left-back Ronny Hodel caught out by the sheer speed of the Shakhtar break, Luiz Adriano galloped into the vacant space before feeding Brandão in the box. Costanzo saved the Brazilian's initial effort and then reacted superbly to tip Vyacheslav Shevchuk's fiercely-struck follow-up on to a post.

Imperious display
Jadson almost capped an imperious display with his second of the night as he curled a shot wide of Costanzo's grasp only to see his effort fly past the post. Basel substitute Eduardo Rubio should have done better than stab his shot weakly at Pyatov before Abraham found the net from close range in the dying seconds.

Last updated: 16/09/08 23.14CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

1
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK) (C)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
3
HodelRonny Hodel
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Yellow Card33
6
GelabertMarcos Gelabert
Substitution63
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
Goal25
Substitution84
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
8
JádsonJádson
Goal45+1
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution46
11
IlsinhoIlsinho
Substitution66
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
Goal90+3
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
Yellow Card41
21
MarqueFrançois Marque
17
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Substitution74
30
CarlitosCarlitos
25
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card90+4
31
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution46
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
32
ZanniReto Zanni
Yellow Card37
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)

Substitutes

35
StöckliOlivier Stöckli (GK)
12
KhudzhamovRustam Khudzhamov (GK)
7
GjasulaJürgen Gjasula
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
9
PerovićMarko Perović
10
SeleznyovYevhen Seleznyov
Substitution74
17
Eduardo RubioEduardo Rubio
Substitution63
22
WillianWillian
Substitution66
23
EduardoEduardo
Substitution46
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
28
FeratiBeg Ferati
44
FedetskiyArtem Fedetskiy
Substitution84
29
MustafiOrhan Mustafi
Substitution46
55
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy

Coach

Christian Gross (SUI) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Jan Petter Randen (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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