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Late Porto goals eliminate Shakhtar

Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 22.42CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 FC Porto
Shakhtar bowed out of Europe after succumbing to late goals which leave the Dragons hot on the heels of second-placed FC Zenit St Petersburg in Group G.

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Match statistics

Shakhtar DonetskPorto

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners9
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)60
 
40

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 22.42CET

Late Porto goals eliminate Shakhtar

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 FC Porto
Shakhtar bowed out of Europe after succumbing to late goals which leave the Dragons hot on the heels of second-placed FC Zenit St Petersburg in Group G.

FC Porto will host FC Zenit St Petersburg in a winner-takes-all encounter on UEFA Champions League matchday six after scoring twice in the closing stages against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

Denied by the woodwork in each half, Shakhtar succumbed to a composed finish from Hulk and a Răzvan Raţ own goal in the final 11 minutes. The result lifts Vítor Pereira's men to within a point of second-placed Zenit, whose 0-0 draw with APOEL FC in the early game sent the Cypriot side through, and sets up a pivotal meeting in Portugal on 6 December. Shakhtar, quarter-finalists last season, are out of Europe altogether.

If the hosts kicked off knowing hopes of qualifying were over following the stalemate in Russia − coach Mircea Lucescu said pre-match he would do his best to ensure his players were not aware of the result − the news did not suppress their appetite for three points.

In a lively opening, Luiz Adriano tested Helton inside 15 seconds before Yaroslav Rakitskiy, covering behind goalkeeper Olexandr Rybka, cleared an effort from Hulk off the goal line. Shakhtar looked to take the initiative whenever they could, however, and in quick succession Willian swept straight at Helton and Luiz Adriano rolled a shot against the base of a post after resisting the challenge of Rolando.

The Dragons responded with two curling efforts from Hulk but, in the main, it was the industry of Shakhtar's front four which seemed most likely to fashion a breakthrough before half-time. Their cause was being helped by advancing full-backs Vasyl Kobin and Răzvan Raţ, who was halted on one such foray by Maicon. From Willian's ensuing free-kick Olexandr Kucher was narrowly off target with an overhead kick.

The pace of proceedings hardly slowed after the restart, with Luiz Adriano again warming the palms of Helton in the early stages. With Hulk typically bullish up front, Porto sporadically threatened, though it was the Ukrainian champions who continued to hoard possession as the tempo remained high.

Shakhtar were frustrated by the woodwork again with 17 minutes remaining, Helton somehow tipping Fernandinho's deflected shot on to his left-hand post. It proved pivotal as Hulk, running on to João Moutinho's long ball, kept his composure when clean through. Raţ's added-time intervention, deflecting in Maicon's dragged shot, merely added to Shakhtar's dejection.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.59CET

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Quotes

  • Mircea Lucescu

    Read more"Usually luck is on the side of the brave. I suppose Porto were braver than us today"

  • Vítor Pereira

    Read more"We weren't at our best but sometimes a team needs to hit the bottom to be able to rise again"

Lineups

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

porto

Porto

25
RybkaOlexandr Rybka (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
4
MaiconMaicon
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
5
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
7
FernandinhoFernandinho (C)
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
12
HulkHulk
Goal79
10
WillianWillian
Substitution69
14
RolandoRolando
11
EduardoEduardo
Yellow Card50
Substitution59
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Yellow Card35
Substitution81
14
KobinVasyl Kobin
Yellow Card75
Substitution87
20
DjalmaDjalma
Substitution73
22
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
25
FernandoFernando
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
Goal90
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution88

Substitutes

16
TetenkoArtem Tetenko (GK)
31
Rafael BracaliRafael Bracali (GK)
8
JádsonJádson
Substitution59
Yellow Card65
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
17
SeleznyovYevhen Seleznyov
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution73
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
11
KléberKléber
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
Substitution87
13
FucileJorge Fucile
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
Substitution69
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution81
36
ChyzhovOlexandr Chyzhov
23
SouzaSouza
Substitution88

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Vítor Pereira (POR)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Alasdair Ross (SCO), Derek Rose (SCO)

Fourth official

Crawford Allan (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Stephen O'Reilly (SCO)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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