Luiz Adriano leads Shakhtar parade at BATE
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
FC BATE Borisov 0-7 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Luiz Adriano matched Lionel Messi's record haul of five in a single UEFA Champions League game as the Pitmen struck gold in Belarus.
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• Luiz Adriano second player to score five in UEFA Champions League game
• Brazilian becomes Shakhtar's all-time top marksman
• Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa strikes complete nightmare first 45 for BATE
• Shakhtar the first side to score six in a UEFA Champions League first half
• Next games: Shakhtar Donetsk v BATE (5 November)
Luiz Adriano became FC Shakhtar Donetsk's all-time top scorer as FC BATE Borisov were spared no humiliation, capitulating utterly in the face of their UEFA Champions League Group H rivals.
The 27-year-old completed a hat-trick inside 13 minutes and added a fourth for good measure just before the break, with goals from fellow Brazilians Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa sending Shakhtar in at the break with an 6-0 lead – a UEFA Champions League first. Luiz Adriano's second moved him level with Andriy Vorobey's record of 114 goals in all competitions for the Pitmen; his fifth, in the second half, meant Luiz Adriano ended the night on 117.
Taison set up Alex Teixeira to round Sergei Chernik and open the scoring on 11 minutes, but it took a heroic saving block from Darijo Srna to deny Maksim Volodko an equaliser, the Croatian clattering into his own goalpost in the process. However, the focus switched to the other end as Chernik flattened Alex Teixeira in the box, Luiz Adriano putting the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.
Taison played in Douglas Costa to make it 3-0 on 35 minutes, and within seconds BATE were four behind, Luiz Adriano clipping into the net at the near post from Vyacheslav Shevchuk's assist from the left. His hat-trick was completed on 40 minutes as the luckless Nemanja Tubić inadvertently delivered the ball to him inside the penalty area, and his fourth was the easiest of the lot, as he bundled another killer Shevchuk delivery into the net.
BATE tightened up at half-time, fearful perhaps of matching some unwanted records – the heaviest home defeat in UEFA Champions League history (MŠK Žilina 0-7 Olympique de Marseille) and indeed the competition's all-time heaviest loss (still, Liverpool FC 8-0 Beşiktaş JK).
Luiz Adriano wheeled away in despair after coming agonisingly close to a fifth, heading against the post on 66 minutes. He might have feared that he was fated not to join Lionel Messi as one of only two players to have scored five in a UEFA Champions League game after he converted an 81st minute penalty only to have it chalked off for encroachment.
However, he regained his composure and finished into the same corner from the re-spot.