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Jádson the difference as Shakhtar triumph

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Werder Bremen (aet)
Jádson's extra-time goal settled the 38th and last UEFA Cup final in Istanbul, earning the Ukrainian club their maiden European trophy.

Shakhtar celebrate with the trophy in Istanbul
Shakhtar celebrate with the trophy in Istanbul ©Getty Images

Jadson struck seven minutes into extra time as FC Shakhtar Donetsk became the 25th and final club to claim the UEFA Cup after successfully eclipsing Werder Bremen's attacking bent in Istanbul.

Shakhtar had begun brightly, forging ahead through Luiz Adriano on 25 minutes, but their good work was undone ten minutes later as Andriy Pyatov failed to keep out Naldo's unthreatening, if powerful, free-kick. The Pitmen's custodian would make amends, yet had to wait over an hour despite the best endeavours of his team-mates as a hesitant Bremen team gradually wore them down and appeared to have eliminated much of the danger before Jadson turned in Darijo Srna's low cross.

Pyatov then came to the fore, brilliantly denying Claudio Pizarro on the turn and though Willian failed to extend the advantage and Pizarro had a last-gasp effort ruled out for a foul, Shakhtar's accession to list of UEFA Cup holders was complete – and just in time.

Leading up to the game, Mircea Lucescu had made much of the apparent clash of footballing cultures, Shakhtar's technically driven defensive play against the bustling, muscular attack of Bremen. Yet with Tomáš Hübschman suspended he opted to spring a surprise, Willian starting as the indefatigable Fernandinho dropped into an unaccustomed defensive role.

Fernandinho's willingness to expend himself meant Shakhtar invariably had a man over as they subtly weaved forward, but to do so they needed possession; without one of their recognised ball winners, the Ukrainian side were left chasing Bremen shadows for long periods.

But when Shakhtar did get the ball they looked menacing. Adriano had dragged wastefully wide with only Tim Wiese to beat on six minutes, though made no mistake when presented with his next opening. Răzvan Raţ's pass out of defence was perhaps meant for Ilsinho, yet with the Shakhtar No11 running into referee Luis Medina Cantalejo, the ball continued to the lurking Adriano who had the time and space to deftly chip over the advancing Wiese.

Indeed, Adriano could have doubled the advantage moments later after good work by Willian but blazed high and wide. He was soon made to pay as Bremen, until then inert as an attacking force, profited from Pyatov's spill.

Back came Shakhtar's five-pronged Brazilian attack. Their waspish runs and intricate passing was drawing the Bremen back line, leaving space that Mariusz Lewandowski twice came close to exploiting before half-time, Bremen grateful for an acrobatic Wiese save and Sebastian Prödl's last-ditch clearance.

It was more of the same after the restart, Wiese beating away Jádson's free-kick and Adriano enjoying the kind of service that Markus Rosenberg and Pizarro could only envy. How Bremen could have done with the guile of the suspended Diego, his appearance on the Sükrü Saracoğlu pitch prior to kick-off in jeans and shirt merely emphasising his absence.

Sitting in the stands, the Brazilian international would have been grateful to see Shakhtar's attacking verve subside as the match became congested, an errant cat providing the only real width for a time. Still, it was anybody's game. Jádson warmed Wiese's hands with a smart volley, while at the other end Aaron Hunt almost made an immediate impact after replacing Rosenberg when Pyatov could only parry Pizarro's header towards him at the far post.

The excellent Olexandr Kucher got there first, making this the fifth final in ten years to go to extra time. Shakhtar ensured the UEFA Cup ended on a note of originality as Jádson's goal secured Ukraine's first European silverware since independence.