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Shakhtar brush aside youthful Barcelona

Published: Wednesday 10 December 2008, 0.35CET
FC Barcelona 2-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Olexandr Gladkiy scored two and Fernandinho one as the Ukrainian team rounded off Group C with a memorable victory over the section winners.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou
Shakhtar brush aside youthful Barcelona
Shakhtar's Olexandr Gladkiy is congratulated on his second goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BarcelonaShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target11
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners8
 
2
Offsides1
 
7
Fouls committed9
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
6
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 10 December 2008, 0.35CET

Shakhtar brush aside youthful Barcelona

FC Barcelona 2-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Olexandr Gladkiy scored two and Fernandinho one as the Ukrainian team rounded off Group C with a memorable victory over the section winners.

It took Mircea Lucescu 35 years of trying as a player and a coach but Matchday 6 finally brought the Romanian his first competitive victory in Spain as FC Shakhtar Donetsk took full advantage of an inexperienced FC Barcelona side to earn a memorable UEFA Champions League success.

Valuable exercise
Josep Guardiola's willingness to give his young charges valuable experience also cost the Spanish Liga leaders their unbeaten Group C record, two goals from Olexandr Gladkiy and Fernandinho's third trumping efforts from Sylvinho and Sergio Busquets. Barça pushed adventurously all night but Shakhtar's crafty and well-executed counterattacking, based on lightning wing-back play and a solid performance from goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, won the day. Shakhtar might have been eliminated, but eight goals in their last two games will boost their confidence for the UEFA Cup campaign ahead.

Crisp passing
Guardiola had underlined his eagerness to learn more about some of the fringe members of his first-team squad and test younger players who had served him so well last season as coach of Barça's B side. As such the early exchanges must have given the coach a shiver of excitement. Among the eight rested regulars, all of whom sat in the Camp Nou main stand, were stars like Lionel Messi, Carles Puyol and Samuel Eto'o. Yet the pressing was the same as usual, the passing as crisp and clever, and Lucescu's more experienced team were pushed back on their heels, Aleksandr Hleb stinging the palms of Pyatov with a fierce shot and Pedro Rodríguez threatening with a header.

Thumping goal

Then came the test of nerve as Shakhtar broke with pace, power and precision to take a 31st-minute lead. Răzvan Raţ and Olexandr Kucher worked space for Willian on the right and his perfectly-weighted ball allowed Gladkiy to muscle his way past Barça's defenders and thump a shot beyond Albert Jorquera. Lucescu had brusquely warned his players not to come to the Camp Nou "on their holidays" and the importance of the goal was indicated when Pyatov ran from his area to the far corner of the pitch to celebrate with his team-mates. Barça regrouped swiftly and the impressive Hleb led the search for an equaliser, creating openings for Seydou Keita and Bojan Krkić before Pedro wriggled past three defenders but shot just wide.

Rapid response
Then Vázquez rapped another shot against Pyatov's gloves only for Shakhtar to immediately double their advantage on a counterattack the second half shaped to duplicate what had gone before. This time, however, there was a twist. In the 58th minute, Jadson's deep left-wing free-kick was misjudged by Jorquera and Gladkiy was left with a simple nod into an unguarded net. Sixty seconds later Barcelona were back in the contest as Sylvinho exchanged passes with Keita and thrashed a stunning left-foot drive beyond Pyatov.

Late reply
Shakhtar's intelligent football earned them their third goal in the 76th minute when Raţ overlapped and delivered a perfect cross for the unmarked Fernandinho to volley a third. Barcelona had the last word, substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen playing in Busquets with a clever chip that the 20-year-old clipped past Pyatov, but the evening belonged to the Ukrainian champions.

Last updated: 10/12/08 2.10CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK) (C)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
2
Martín CáceresMartín Cáceres
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Yellow Card65
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
Yellow Card89
11
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Yellow Card50
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
Goal76
Substitution78
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
8
JádsonJádson
Substitution67
16
SylvinhoSylvinho
Goal59
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
21
HlebAleksandr Hleb
21
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
Goal31
Goal58
Yellow Card87
27
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution76
22
WillianWillian
28
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Goal83
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
29
Víctor SánchezVíctor Sánchez
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
30
VázquezVíctor Vázquez
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)

Substitutes

13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
1
ShustBohdan Shust (GK)
7
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution76
10
SeleznyovYevhen Seleznyov
14
HenryThierry Henry
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
17
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Substitution78
Yellow Card87
34
Xavi TorresXavi Torres
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
35
Abraham GonzálezAbraham González
25
BrandãoBrandão
Substitution67
Yellow Card86
36
BotíaAlberto Botía
55
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Michael Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Philip Sharp (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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