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Schalke stunned by Aghahowa strike

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 20.45CET
FC Schalke 04 0-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (agg: 1-2) Julius Aghahowa's goal eliminates Bundesliga joint-leaders.

Match statistics

SchalkeShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 20.45CET

Schalke stunned by Aghahowa strike

FC Schalke 04 0-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (agg: 1-2) Julius Aghahowa's goal eliminates Bundesliga joint-leaders.

Julius Aghahowa's first-half goal proved decisive as FC Shakhtar Donetsk earned a place in the UEFA Cup Round of 16 with an impressive display against FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen.

Vital goal
Coming in to the game knowing they needed to score following the 1-1 draw in Ukraine last week, Shakhtar began on the front foot and took the initiative after just 22 minutes. A cultured switched pass from Anatoliy Tymoschuk caught the defence cold and the Nigerian striker performed a cute stepover before unleashing a powerful drive through the legs of Frank Rost.

Attacking intent
It was just reward for coach Mircea Lucescu, who resisted the temptation to alter his side by naming an unchanged starting eleven. Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, made three changes from the team that came within four minutes of victory last week, with Brazilian playmaker Lincoln returning, while Gerald Asamoah was included in a three-pronged attack.

Brandão opportunities
But it was the Shakhtar strikers who began the match brightest and less than five minutes were on the clock when Brandão forced Rost to sprint off his line to block after the Brazilian striker collected a long ball. Rost tipped an almost identical effort over on 19 minutes, but if that chance was a warning, it was one that Schalke did not heed and three minutes later Aghahowa put the visiting side in front.

Defensive frailty
Schalke's centre-backs, Darío Rodríguez and Mladen Krstajic, are both 30, and the duo never looked comfortable against Shakhtar's pacy strikers. On 32 minutes, either striker could have stretched the lead, but Zvonimir Vukic opted to go it alone and the move fizzled out.

Shakhtar cruising
At this stage, Shakhtar were cruising, but the home side came back into the game in the last five minutes of the half. First Lincoln forced Jan Laštuvka to tip over his free-kick at full stretch and then from the resulting corner Asamoah just failed to reach a dangerous delivery. But with the first half ending, so too did Schalke's best spell of the game.

Ailton chance
The German side enjoyed a lot of possession in the second period but the final ball disappointed and the resilient Shakhtar back-line seldom looked vulnerable. Ailton found an opening on 72 minutes after Lincoln's precise pass but contrived to thrash his effort wide, and it proved the last real opportunity for Schalke.

Vorobey miss
Instead it was Shakhtar who could, and probably should, have sealed the win a minute from time when Elano Blumer's attempted lob was parried by Rost but only as far as Andriy Vorobey. But with the goalkeeper stranded, the substitute scuffed his effort wide. Ultimately, however, one goal proved enough and Shakhtar can now look forward to a tie against Dutch high-fliers AZ Alkmaar.

Last updated: 25/02/05 16.45CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

1
RostFrank Rost (GK) (C)
16
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
2
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution63
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
3
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
9
MatuzalémMatuzalém
9
Aílton GonçalvesAílton Gonçalves
17
AghahowaJulius Aghahowa
Goal22
Substitution77
10
LincolnLincoln
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
11
SandEbbe Sand
Substitution70
25
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card86
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
16
RodríguezDarío Rodríguez
33
SrnaDarijo Srna
Yellow Card88
18
Oude-KamphuisNiels Oude-Kamphuis
Yellow Card53
Substitution75
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
6
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Yellow Card44
Substitution55
24
PanderChristian Pander
10
VukićZvonimir Vukić
Yellow Card61
Substitution62

Substitutes

13
HeimerothChristofer Heimeroth (GK)
12
ShutkovDmytro Shutkov (GK)
6
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Substitution75
11
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
Substitution77
7
DeluraMichael Delura
2
BarcauanCosmin Barcauan
15
WałdochTomasz Wałdoch
36
ElanoElano
Substitution62
17
VermantSven Vermant
Substitution63
38
JádsonJádson
26
HankeMike Hanke
Substitution70
14
StoicanFlavius Stoican
27
HooglandTim Hoogland
7
João BatistaJoão Batista
Substitution55

Coach

Ralf Rangnick (GER) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Vladimir Hrinak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Jan Šuniar (SVK), Vladimir Medved (SVK)

Fourth official

Jan Tomcik (SVK)

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