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Teixeira on target as Shakhtar ruin Real's night

Published: Tuesday 17 September 2013, 23.05CET
Real Sociedad de Fútbol 0-2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Alex Teixeira's second-half double got Shakhtar up and running in Group A but spoiled La Real's long-awaited return to the competition.
by Graham Hunter
from Anoeta Stadium

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Published: Tuesday 17 September 2013, 23.05CET

Teixeira on target as Shakhtar ruin Real's night

Real Sociedad de Fútbol 0-2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Alex Teixeira's second-half double got Shakhtar up and running in Group A but spoiled La Real's long-awaited return to the competition.

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.

Initially, given the soaking wet, electric-quick playing surface and with the visitors hunting in packs, the scene was set for the type of error which a novice UEFA Champions League outfit might make in eagerness to impress. But the sheer work-rate of Jagoba Arrasate's team increasingly put them in charge of the ball, the first half and, importantly, the situation.

With the Anoeta crowd demanding all-out attack, the experience of players like captain Xabi Prieto, and the non-stop energy of Rubén Pardo, brought equilibrium to their performance. What stood out, however, was the technical excellence and abundant confidence of La Real's French starlet Antoine Griezmann. Popping up as a wing-back, midfield playmaker and then second striker he spread confusion in the Shakhtar ranks. Griezmann's was the first chance, a third-minute shot from Prieto's assist.

He also conjured the match's moment of 24-carat brilliance. Running onto a loose ball, his cushioned volley-pass skimmed the 35 metres into the path of Carlos Vela's run. Only a quality interception from Yaroslav Rakitskiy stopped a goal. As the hosts' domination grew, Pardo saw his one-on-one saved by Pyatov; a free-kick deflected just wide; and Prieto's pre-rehearsed move from a corner allowed him a dipping volley which startled the keeper.

Even after the break, as the Anoeta roared approval, it seemed this might be a fairy-tale return to Europe's top table. The soon-to-be substituted Haris Seferovic, from a lovely Iñigo Martínez pass, drew a fine stop from Pyatov and a booming Alberto de la Bella cross caused the keeper a moment of embarrasment as he flailed at the ball.

But Shakhtar – beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 last season – drew on their know-how, stayed calm and struck. When Darijo Srna thundered down the right and centred, Douglas Costa produced a tiny flick which Mikel González hadn't anticipated in time; this enabled the 23-year-old Teixeira to finish as if he already knew it was all going to happen that way.

Before the end, Vela's header smacked the bar for last term's fourth-place finishers in the Liga. However, experience overcame exuberance as young Brazilian Teixeira cut onto his right foot and thumped a drive past Claudio Bravo with three minutes left. The Ukrainian champions were up and running.

Last updated: 10/12/13 10.28CET

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Lineups

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Real Sociedad

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Shakhtar Donetsk

1
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
3
GonzálezMikel González
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Substitution66
5
Markel BergaraMarkel Bergara
Yellow Card81
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
6
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
Yellow Card85
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Yellow Card45+1
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Substitution74
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
8
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Substitution69
17
FernandoFernando
Yellow Card83
Substitution87
10
Xabi PrietoXabi Prieto (C)
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
Yellow Card66
Substitution77
11
VelaCarlos Vela
28
TaisonTaison
14
PardoRubén Pardo
Substitution81
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
Yellow Card16
Goal65
Goal87
22
EstradaDani Estrada
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
24
de la BellaAlberto de la Bella
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
Yellow Card44

Substitutes

13
ZubikaraiEñaut Zubikarai (GK)
32
KanibolotskiyAnton Kanibolotskiy (GK)
9
AgirretxeImanol Agirretxe
Substitution69
4
VolovykOlexandr Volovyk
15
AnsotegiJon Ansotegi
6
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
Substitution66
18
CastroChori Castro
Substitution74
8
FredFred
Substitution87
20
José ÁngelJosé Ángel
10
BernardBernard
Substitution77
23
RosJavier Ros
11
EduardoEduardo
25
GraneroEsteban Granero
Substitution81
38
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov

Coach

Jagoba Arrasate (ESP) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)

Fourth official

Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

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