FC Shakhtar Donetsk drew on all their experience to withstand a barrage of pressure and then produce an Alex Teixeira double that ruined Real Sociedad de Fútbol's long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 Group A victory.
Despite Real Sociedad hitting the bar and forcing goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov into numerous saves on their first appearance in the competition since 2003/04, two cracking second-half drives from midfielder Teixeira gave Mircea Lucescu's side three valuable away points on matchday one. A dark night in San Sebastian ended with home substitute Esteban Granero carried off injured.
In the first half we were the superior team but we didn't score and in the second we paid for that. We knew it was going to be a difficult game.
Xabi Prieto, Real Sociedad midfielder
We were really well-organised tactically. We had studied Real Sociedad very closely and I advised the players to keep their discipline and concentration.
Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach
|1||Bravo (GK)||30||Pyatov (GK)|
|10||Xabi Prieto (C)||20||Douglas Costa|
|24||de la Bella||44||Rakitskiy|
|13||Zubikarai (GK)||32||Kanibolotskiy (GK)|
|Jagoba Arrasate (ESP)||Mircea Lucescu (ROU)|
|Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)|
|A||Real Sociedad||Shakhtar Donetsk|