FK Austria Wien's comfortable first-leg win was enough to see them through to the second round of the UEFA Cup 5-2 on aggregate despite a 1-0 defeat tonight against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
Before the game the Shakhtar players and coaching staff had promised an uncompromising onslaught from the very first minutes but, disappointingly, the Ukrainian side failed to create any clearcut chances in the first half. Indeed, it could have been even worse for the hosts when Radoslaw Gilewicz almost scored from close range, with only a fantastic reflex save from Dmytro Shutkov keeping the scores level on the night.
Defence in numbers
Wien's decision to slow down the game and defend in numbers frustrated Shakhtar, who tried in vain to increase the tempo. The Donetsk side, who were playing with three forwards, only created two decent chances, the first coming when Olexiy Gay set up Andriy Vorobey, only for the Ukrainian international to miss the target from two metres out. Then, with eleven minutes remaining, two substitutes created the only goal of the night when Brandão flicked the ball on to Mariusz Lewandowski, who beat Thomas Mandl.
'Wien were ready'
"We could not score the quick goal which could have inspired us," said Shakhtar coach Valeriy Yaremchenko after the match. "Wien were ready for our attacking pressure." Meanwhile, Wien coach Walter Schachner pronounced himself satisfied. "We were able to be balanced and secure," he said. "I am happy that my players carried out that task and protected our advantage."