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Shakhtar end their wait and Braga's bid

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.38CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 SC Braga
The rarest of goals from Răzvan Raţ set the hosts on course for a win that takes them through to the knockout phase for the first time.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Donbass Arena
Shakhtar end their wait and Braga's bid 
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Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners6
 
3
Possession (%)54
 
46
Fouls committed13
 
21
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0
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Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.38CET

Shakhtar end their wait and Braga's bid

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 SC Braga
The rarest of goals from Răzvan Raţ set the hosts on course for a win that takes them through to the knockout phase for the first time.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk are through to the UEFA Champions League knockout phase for the first time in the club's history as two late strikes ended SC Braga's debut campaign.

The home side were frustrated for long periods but two goals in five minutes eventually brought the home side earn a deserved victory. Răzvan Raţ proved the unlikely hero for the Ukrainian titleholders, as his first goal in 83 UEFA club competition appearances – going back over a decade – broke the deadlock. He then set up Luiz Adriano to make the game safe as Shakhtar finished top of Group H; third-placed Braga move into the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Shakhtar knew a point would be good enough to clinch top spot, and made a subdued start as Braga enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges. Alan had a speculative shot from distance, which failed to trouble Andriy Pyatov.

The hosts began to find their stride, though, and on 21 minutes the dangerous Douglas Costa, not for the first time, managed to get past his marker with ease. His inviting pull-back was turned over by Willian. Shakhtar were enjoying the lion's share of possession but their caution meant Artur in the Braga goal was a virtual spectator for the first 45 minutes.

Mircea Lucescu's side continued to attack following the resumption, and their best move so nearly brought the opening goal. The ball fell to Douglas Costa on the edge of the area, but the 20-year-old's left-footed curler went agonisingly wide of the far post. Frustration was beginning to get to the home players and their fans, but just as Shakhtar looked to be running out of ideas, the Donbass Arena finally had something to cheer about on 78 minutes.

Darijo Srna's deep cross found Raţ on the edge of the area, and the Romanian international drilled a fine left-footed shot past Artur to break his European duck. It was the club's 100th UEFA Champions League goal, and Raţ capped an excellent game five minutes later as he turned provider, bursting down the left and sending in a cross that gave Luis Adriano the simplest of tasks to seal the points. The Ukrainian side, in their 11th UEFA Champions League campaign, are finally beyond the group stage.

Last updated: 09/12/10 23.09CET

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Lineups

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

braga

Braga

30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
8
JadsonJadson
Substitution73'
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Goal83'
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
10
WillianWillian
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
Yellow Card39'
15
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
Substitution72'
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
Substitution84'
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
Substitution81'
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
Substitution62'
28
SílvioSílvio
26
Raţ Răzvan Raţ
Goal78'
30
AlanAlan
Substitution69'
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
48
Aníbal CapelaAníbal Capela
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
99
MatheusMatheus

Substitutes

12
KhudzhamovRustam Khudzhamov (GK)
84
FelipeFelipe (GK)
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
8
MossoróMossoró
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution81'
14
KobinVasyl Kobin
Substitution84'
16
Léo FortunatoLéo Fortunato
22
MkhitaryanHenrik Mkhitaryan
Substitution73'
18
LimaLima
Substitution69'
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
Substitution62'
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
32
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution72'

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Domingos Paciência (POR)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Winkmann (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Wingenbach (GER), Marc Seemann (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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