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Nervy Shakhtar survive late onslaught

Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 FK Partizan
The hosts made a winning start to Group H, but Mircea Lucescu will wonder how his side ended up grimly hanging on after dominating.

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Shakhtar DonetskPartizan

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners4
 
3
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET

Nervy Shakhtar survive late onslaught

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 FK Partizan
The hosts made a winning start to Group H, but Mircea Lucescu will wonder how his side ended up grimly hanging on after dominating.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk kicked off their Group H campaign with a 1-0 victory over FK Partizan, although Mircea Lucescu will wonder how his side ended up grimly hanging on after dominating the first 80 minutes.

The Ukrainian titleholders laid siege to Vladimir Stojković's goal from the off and for a long time a repeat of last season's 4-1 UEFA Europa League victory over the Serbian team was on the cards. But they had to wait until 19 minutes from time before Darijo Srna broke through with his first UEFA Champions League goal.

That, however, was merely the start of the drama as Partizan, until then moribund as an attacking force, swept forward. Nemanja Tomić, Stefan Savić and Mladen Krstajić were all denied by Andriy Pyatov as Shakhtar survived, Olexiy Gai almost making it 2-0 on the whistle when his low shot came back off the upright.

Before the match Partizan coach Aleksandar Stanojević had suggested his side could profit from the element of surprise, with Krstajić the only survivor from 12 months ago. Yet if they did have something up their sleeves the Belgrade club kept it well hidden until the dying minutes.

Instead, another of Stanojević's predictions was immediately borne out as Shakhtar's Douglas Costa proved every bit as dangerous as he feared, out-thinking then out-stripping the defence before sending in a cross that narrowly evaded team-mate Luiz Adriano. It was a sign of things to come.

Willian brought an acrobatic stop from Stojković with a flashing drive from distance, though the goalkeeper had no time for theatrics soon after when Srna found Luiz Adriano on the penalty spot. The Brazilian, with his back to goal and crowded by white shirts, somehow got a shot away – but straight at Stojković. Opportunities were coming thicker and faster. All Partizan could do was clear their lines, punt the ball downfield and wait for the next wave of Shakhtar attacks. The interval brought only temporary respite.

Partizan were increasingly indebted to skipper Stojković, who came quickly off his line to smother Jadson's attempted chip before a fine one-handed save to tip over Luiz Adriano's powerful header. Tensions were beginning to mount among the home support, the fragility of Shakhtar's position exposed midway through the half when Pyatov misjudged a cross and Krstajić looped the ball towards goal – Olexandr Kucher sparing his keeper's blushes on his line. Srna had seen enough: curling in a free-kick that proved enough to secure the points. Just.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.34CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002824/postmatch/report/index.html#shakhtar+survive+late+onslaught

Quotes

  • Mircea Lucescu

    Read more"We have to be more aggressive and confident in the opposing penalty box. However, what really matters is that we got all three points"

  • Aleksandar Stanojević

    Read more"I congratulate my players for playing sensible football and showing tactical discipline. It was only in the last ten minutes when they failed to follow instructions"

Lineups

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

partizan

Partizan

30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
88
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
2
MiljkovićAleksandar Miljković
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
4
MedoMedo
8
JádsonJádson
Substitution58
7
TomićNemanja Tomić
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Substitution83
9
CléoCléo
10
WillianWillian
15
SavićStefan Savić
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
18
LazevskiAleksandar Lazevski
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić (C)
Substitution90+2
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
22
S. IlićSaša Ilić
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
Yellow Card67
Goal71
77
IlievIvica Iliev
Substitution58
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
99
SmiljanićMilan Smiljanić
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
KhudzhamovRustam Khudzhamov (GK)
33
R. IlićRadiša Ilić (GK)
11
EduardoEduardo
6
StankovićVojislav Stanković
Substitution90+2
15
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
8
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
Substitution74
Yellow Card88
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
Substitution58
11
BoyaPierre Boya
Substitution58
Yellow Card72
32
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
23
DavidovAleksandar Davidov
90
VitsenetsVitaliy Vitsenets
Substitution83
25
BabovićStefan Babović
99
Marcelo MorenoMarcelo Moreno
27
KizitoJoseph Kizito

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Aleksandar Stanojević (SRB)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Fernando Teixeira (ESP)

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