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Shakhtar's late fightback floors Anderlecht

RSC Anderlecht 1-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Three goals in the last 15 minutes from substitutes Viktor Kovalenko and Denys Arendaruk overturned the Belgians' lead and sent Shakhtar through.

Ouahbi on Anderlecht defeat

Andriy Boryachuk and Dodi Lukebakio both hit the woodwork
Samy Bourard's glancing header at the near post gives Anderlecht a 55th-minute lead
Substitute Viktor Kovalenko levels on 76 minutes with a composed finish
Kovalenko then sets up Denys Arendaruk before netting the third with three minutes left
Shakhtar to play Chelsea in Monday's final

FC Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to book their place in the UEFA Youth League final thanks to a 3-1 win over RSC Anderlecht in Nyon this afternoon.

After a tight opening period, Samy Bourard put Anderlecht in front ten minutes after the restart, but two goals in five minutes from substitutes Viktor Kovalenko and Denys Arendaruk turned the game around to send the Ukrainian side through to Monday's showpiece at the Colovray Sports Centre.

A corner had provided nine-goal Aaron Leya Iseka with Anderlecht's best first-half chance, but his header was given short shrift by Oleh Kudryk. The Shakhtar custodian had been beaten only five times during his team's run to the semi-finals, and he showed exactly why.

Much of the credit for that record must also go to a disciplined defence which allowed the Anderlecht forwards no room for manoeuvre while at the same time maintaining composure and building from the back. On the break, Shakhtar created opportunities for Andriy Boryachuk, who struck the post, and Vasyl Shtander, whose route to goal was barred by a fine covering tackle from Nathan De Medina.

An early spell of Anderlecht pressure after the interval reaped its reward. After Kudryk got his fingertips to Dodi Lukebakio's effort, turning the ball onto the post, and Leya Iseka's attempt was deflected behind for a corner, Bourard rose to meet Samuel Bastien's corner and nod the Belgians in front.

The match opened up with Shakhtar desperate to level and Anderlecht bidding to wrap up victory. Two replacements then changed the game, Kovalenko keeping his cool to convert Oleksandr Zubkov's perfectly weighted pass. Not satisfied with that, Kovalenko played in Arendaruk to slot a second past Mile Svilar, Anderlecht's 15-year-old keeper, before adding a late third as Shakhtar marched on.