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Chelsea leave it late to end Shakhtar run

Published: Wednesday 7 November 2012, 22.55CET
Chelsea FC 3-2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Willian twice drew Group E leaders Shakhtar level but the holders prevailed in the fourth minute of added time thanks to a Victor Moses header.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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ChelseaShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored3
 
2
on target9
 
8
off target4
 
7
Corners9
 
9
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)43
 
57

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:19 CET

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Published: Wednesday 7 November 2012, 22.55CET

Chelsea leave it late to end Shakhtar run

Chelsea FC 3-2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Willian twice drew Group E leaders Shakhtar level but the holders prevailed in the fourth minute of added time thanks to a Victor Moses header.

Victor Moses headed a stunning winner for Chelsea FC at the end of a pulsating encounter which left the holders with a share of the Group E lead after inflicting a first defeat of the season on FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

It was an incredible late twist to a night that showcased the brilliance of Willian, who twice drew Shakhtar level – the second after an outstanding strike from Oscar – with his first UEFA Champions League goals of the campaign. Chelsea had taken an early lead through Fernando Torres but seemed certain to have to settle for another 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge until Moses's decisive intervention.

It was equally explosive from the first whistle, two goals arriving inside the first nine minutes. With so much individual skill on view it was somewhat out of keeping that the opener should arrive so fortuitously. Andriy Pyatov's hurried clearance from a panicked back pass was charged down by Torres and ricocheted into the empty net.

The visitors from Ukraine did not crumble though, and, in the absence of the injured Ashley Cole, Chelsea's left flank started to creak. Fernandinho surged into the area and cut back for Willian to sweep past Petr Čech. There was no time for either team to catch their breath, Tomáš Hübschman going close from a tight angle before Torres struck the side netting.

Shakhtar's ability to keep possession under pressure was a lustrous addition to a dazzling night. There was no better example than a stupendous move featuring Fernandinho and Luiz Adriano which led to Alex Teixeira firing just the wrong side of the upright. So close to a 2-1 advantage, Mircea Lucescu's men then found themselves trailing.

Pyatov came out of his box to head away Juan Mata's intended pass to Branislav Ivanović and looked stranded the moment the ball landed with Oscar. The Brazilian international still had plenty to do, controlling superbly on his chest before dispatching a soaring volley over Pyatov and into the net from 40 metres.

That lead lasted only two minutes into the second half. Willian was initially involved on the left, and then popped up in the middle to side-foot past Čech after Fernandindo's cutting through ball, Darijo Srna's fine cross and Alex's cute dummy. Chelsea, held 2-2 by Juventus in west London on matchday one, appeared destined for more of the same.

However, Răzvan Raţ struck a post as both teams stayed in the hunt for a winner which finally came with the last touch of the game – Moses nodding powerfully in from Mata's corner.

Last updated: 27/11/12 15.47CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK) (C)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card89
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
7
RamiresRamires
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal6
Substitution90
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
10
WillianWillian
Goal9
Goal47
11
OscarOscar
Goal40
Substitution79
22
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
17
E. HazardEden Hazard
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
Yellow Card57
Substitution78
24
CahillGary Cahill
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
34
BertrandRyan Bertrand
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy

Substitutes

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
32
KanibolotskiyAnton Kanibolotskiy (GK)
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
6
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
13
MosesVictor Moses
Substitution79
Goal90+4
11
EduardoEduardo
21
MarinMarko Marin
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution90
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
26
TerryJohn Terry
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
77
IlsinhoIlsinho
Substitution78

Coach

Roberto Di Matteo (ITA) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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