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Slick Shakhtar shine bright in Bruges

Published: Friday 18 September 2009
Club Brugge KV 1-4 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Winners of the final edition of the UEFA Cup in May, Shakhtar began the UEFA Europa League era with a commanding display.
by Chris Burke
from Jan Breydel Stadium
Slick Shakhtar shine bright in Bruges
Shakhtar were too good for Club Brugge in Belgium ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Club BruggeShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target18
 
12
Attempts off target1
 
0
Corners6
 
1
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
11
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 18 September 2009

Slick Shakhtar shine bright in Bruges

Club Brugge KV 1-4 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Winners of the final edition of the UEFA Cup in May, Shakhtar began the UEFA Europa League era with a commanding display.

Winners of the final edition of the UEFA Cup in May, FC Shakhtar Donetsk picked up where they left off to christen the UEFA Europa League era with a commanding 4-1 victory at Club Brugge KV in Group J.

Cut above
The trophy-holders were a cut above their opponents at the Jan Breydel Stadium and racked up a three-goal lead inside 35 minutes through Olexiy Gai, Willian and Darijo Srna. The home side had certainly not lacked hunger up until that point, however their lack of composure cost them dearly and only when the game was effectively lost did they begin to express themselves, Karel Geraerts giving them hope after 62 minutes, before substitute Konstyantyn Kravchenko's 75th-minute free-kick ended the contest.

Slick passing
Shakhtar's superior technique was evident right from the start and it took them only eleven minutes to make it count, Gai unleashing a low drive after the ball had squirmed free to him following an excellent move. Club Brugge responded with Joseph Akpala's diving header forcing Andriy Pyatov into action, but the visitors' slick movement was too much for them and they fell further behind when Willian turned inside Jeroen Simaeys and curled the ball beyond Geert De Vlieger.

Club chances
After that, the home side ended the half in better shape, conjuring efforts from Ivan Perišić, Akpala and Nabil Dirar – the latter prompting a superb Pyatov save – but the one chance that mattered was taken by Srna, Shakhtar's set-piece expert wrong-footing De Vlieger with a free-kick in front of goal. In contrast, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe then failed to beat Pyatov from the penalty spot shortly after the restart, Olexandr Kucher having fouled Dirar, but Adrie Koster's side finally registered when Wesley Sonck chested Dirar's searching ball to Geraerts and the midfielder half-volleyed in. Any home fans hoping for a comeback were promptly silenced by Kravchenko, however.

Last updated: 18/09/09 9.29CET

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Lineups

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Club Brugge

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Shakhtar Donetsk

13
De VliegerGeert De Vlieger (GK) (C)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
5
KlukowskiMichael Klukowski
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
8
DirarNabil Dirar
Yellow Card47
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
10
SonckWesley Sonck
8
JádsonJádson
Substitution71
14
SimaeysJeroen Simaeys
17
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Yellow Card67
15
AkpalaJoseph Akpala
Yellow Card61
Substitution64
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
21
VermeulenJorn Vermeulen
Substitution46
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
Goal11
Substitution46
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
Goal62
22
WillianWillian
Goal19
Substitution63
30
AlcarazAntolin Alcaraz
Yellow Card38
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
32
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
Penalty55
Substitution64
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
Goal35
44
PerišićIvan Perišić
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy

Substitutes

26
LenaertsYves Lenaerts (GK)
12
KhudzhamovRustam Khudzhamov (GK)
4
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
Substitution46
14
KobinVasyl Kobin
Substitution46
7
DaerdenKoen Daerden
Substitution64
21
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
19
ChávezDaniel Chávez
23
KravchenkoKonstyantyn Kravchenko
Substitution63
Goal75
29
De MetsGertjan De Mets
28
PolyanskiyOlexiy Polyanskiy
Substitution71
40
KouemahaDorge Kouemaha
Substitution64
32
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
77
DahmaneMohamed Dahmane
77
AghahowaJulius Aghahowa

Coach

Adrie Koster (NED) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Peter Martinsson (SWE), Erik Bergsten (SWE)

Fourth official

Magnus Ahlsèn (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE), Michael Lerjeus (SWE)

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