FC Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Toulouse FC
The Ukrainian side continued their perfect start and record of scoring four times in every Group J tie by brushing aside Toulouse.
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FC Shakhtar Donetsk continued their perfect start and maintained their record of scoring four times in every Group J contest by sweeping aside Toulouse FC 4-0 at the Donbass Arena.
Alain Casanova's charges were on the back foot from the opening moments in Ukraine and the home side built up a 3-0 lead by the break, Luiz Adriano and Tomáš Hübschman adding to Fernandinho's eighth-minute penalty. Adriano was on target again in the second half as the Pitmen outclassed a Toulouse side who had taken four points from their first two group outings.
Les Pitchounes did not aid their cause by conceding an early spot-kick, awarded for a Pantxi Sirieix handball after Hübschman had helped on Darijo Srna's corner, and Fernandinho sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to open the scoring. Xavier Pentecôte pounced on a goalkeeping error by Andriy Pyatov but dragged his shot wide from a narrow angle on 16 minutes and Shakhtar always looked certain of extending their unbeaten home record against French teams to five games thereafter.
Adriano was denied by Yohann Pelé but emerged victorious from his next duel, rounding the visiting goalkeeper and steering his finish around two covering defenders following Jadson's through ball after 24 minutes. The UEFA Cup holders' third arrived six minutes before the break when Răzvan Raţ drove a cross-shot towards the far post and Hübschman redirected it past Pelé with a deft touch from close range.
Mircea Lucescu's men refused to ease up after the resumption and added a fourth when Willian jinked his way to the byline and drilled in a cross that Adriano nonchalantly flicked in from six metres. Pelé's outstretched boot repelled a long-range effort from Yaroslav Rakitskiy while Ilsinho struck the bar as the hosts turned on the style but failed to add to their impressive haul.