Tuesday April 12, 2011 Quarter-final Finished Donbass Arena

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 - 1 FC Barcelona

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  1. Barca ease past Shakhtar

    Barca ease past Shakhtar

    Barcelona came through their Champions League quarter-final tie against Shakhtar Donetsk with a 1-0 win at the Donbass Arena. More

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    Time:90'
    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90'+3 There goes the final whistle! Barca progress to the semi-finals and it was all very easy in the end! They progress 6-1 on aggregate.
    • 90'+2 Alves wins a corner off Willian and Barca will have a final chance to grab another goal.
    • 90' Credit to Shakhtar tonight. They put in a decent performance in the first half.
    • 89' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 87' Manchester United are on the verge of booking their place in the semis against Chelsea. Follow United v Chelsea here
    • 86' Adriano is pulled up for a foul on Rakitskiy and Shakhtar have a late free-kick.
    • 85' Kobin needs smelling salts to come round but he'll be fine to carry on.
    • 84' Kobin clashes heads with Jeffren and the Shakhtar man comes out of the challenge worse off.
    • 83' Moreno! What a miss! He somehow stabs wide of the mark when he really should have netted!
    • 82' Shakhtar are heading for a second defeat in as many games at the previously impregnable fortress that was the Donbass Arena.
    • 80' Pyatov gives it away though and Messi is in again... the ball spring loose to Pedro, but he fires way over the bar!
    • 79' Here come Barca again! Messi tries to chip Pyatov again - again to no avail!
    • 76' Eduardo has made a bit of an impact since he came on. The former Arsenal man still has it.
    • 75' Barca change: Jeffren on for Villa. Shakhtar change: Fernandinho on for Hubschman.
    • 73' Oooh! What a save by Valdes to deny Mkhitaryan! Eduardo was involved there too, but the Barca keeper was equal to it!
    • 72' This should now be a procession for the final 20 minutes. Barca just need to stay clear of any injuries.
    • 70' Milito is in trouble here. He's only been on for a matter of minutes before he hauls down Eduardo rather cynically. He accepts his fate like a man who knows he has done wrong.
    • 68' Here comes Milito, on for Pique, as Barca start to look towards the weekend's Clasico.
    • 67' Barca are going to make another change as Milito gets ready on the touchlines.
    • 66' Here comes the first change for Barca tonight: Pedro on for Xavi. And Shakhtar bring on Moreno for Adriano at the same time.
    • 65' Luiz Adriano is lucky not to have his name taken as he ends a Barca break with a trip.
    • 64' It goes very deep, all the way across to Kobin, but he can't make anything of it.
    • 63' Here come Shakhtar again as Eduardo links up well with Luiz Adriano to win a corner for the hosts!
    • 61' Afellay sends in a decent cross looking for Villa... slid behind for a corner! No, the linesman says it's a goal kick.
    • 60' Ishchenko goes into the book for a tug on Messi.
    • 59' Ooh! So close to being a second for Barca! Messi glides past two challenges before slipping it to Afellay who sees his sidefooted curler repelled by Pyatov! Alves picks up the loose ball but he fires off target!
    • 58' Here comes that change as Eduardo comes on to replace Douglas Costa.
    • 57' This is better from Shakhtar! Hubschman's effort is deflected behind for a corner!
    • 56' Mkhitaryan slides into Busquets and he'll have his name taken for that. First booking of the night.
    • 54' But it looks like they're going to make a change in a bid to inject some life into their game.
    • 53' It's going to be a struggle for the hosts to get back into this one. The oomph from the start of the first half has disappeared.
    • 51' Shakhtar look a little deflated this half, understandably so.
    • 50' Great cross in by Willian! It causes real concern in the Barca box but eventually it's cleared.
    • 49' Finally, Shakhtar get the ball and here they come, with Willian down the left hand side.
    • 48' Barca are playing keepball at the beginning of the second half. The home crowd don't like it, but there's not a great deal their team can do about it.
    • 47' No changes to tell you about at the break. It's as you were.
    • 46' Here we go! Back under way in Donetsk!
    • 45'+1 And there goes the half-time whistle! Barca head in a goal to the good and 6-1 up on aggregate!
    • 45' Jadson! Oooh! The Brazilian tests Valdes with a superb free-kick as Shakhtar look to hit back straight away!
    • 44' Brilliant Barcelona! That really was a superb finish by the World Player of the Year and Barca can now start to think about a possible semi-final against Real Madrid!
    • 43' GOAL! MESSI! Alves plays in the Argentina wizard who controls, stays on his feet and then finishes past Pyatov! 1-0 to Barca and that's pretty much that!
    • 40' Afellay! Ooh! Great strike from the former PSV man from the edge of the box and Pyatov does well to punch clear!
    • 39' Keita is pulled up for another foul... no further action taken.
    • 38' Shakhtar have done well this half but the truth is that time is running out for them. We're nearly at half-time and they're still 5-1 down.
    • 36' Pique has to go off to continue his treatment and he doesn't look happy about things as he does.
    • 35' Pique gets hit in the face by a flailing arm as a corner comes over... Messi fires over the bar.
    • 34' Barcelona have attempted the most passes in the Champions League this season and boast the best passing accuracy, 91 per cent; the Catalans have scored in each of their last 17 Champions League games.
    • 33' Chance for Afellay to get in a decent ball from the left but the Dutchman gets too much on it and the ball sails all the way over.
    • 32' Barca are finally beginning to forge some chances as the makeshift Shakhtar back line gets stretched for the first time.
    • 31' Messi! Oooh! He tries to chip Pyatov but the keeper is equal to it!
    • 30' Lovely stuff from Barca here as Adriano is played in on the overlap by Afellay and only a great clearance off the line by Rakitskiy prevents the visitors from taking the lead!
    • 29' Here come Barca again and this time it's Keita who fires on goal... but the midfielder's effort sails well over the bar.
    • 28' Messi fires on target now with a crisp effort from the edge of the box. Straight at Pyatov.
    • 27' According to the stats, Barca are still enjoying more possession at the moment: 55 per cent to their hosts' 45.
    • 26' Barca have the ball and the whistles scream out from the stands at the Donbass Arena.
    • 25' Shakhtar have registered five attempts on goal to Barca's one so far.
    • 24' Jadson again! Ooh! Mkhitaryan centres for the Brazilian but his first-time effort is straight at a grateful Valdes!
    • 23' There's a real roar of anticipation every time Shakhtar go forward. This time Jadson gets crowded off the ball.
    • 22' Xavi now fires on goal for Barca but his long-range effort flies high and wide.
    • 20' Time now for Barca to keep the ball for a moment, but it's only a moment as Shakhtar win the ball back and Willian breaks. But he doesn't release the ball early enough and the move breaks down.
    • 19' Apparently, Donetsk was founded by a Welshman called John Hughes and was originally called Yuzovka. So there.
    • 18' Mkhitaryan goes for goal from outside the box! Well wide of the mark though...
    • 17' It goes short before the ball is played over to Alves. The Brazilian's header down is collected by Pyatov though.
    • 16' Barca make a sortie forward with Alves... and his cross is headed behind by Ishchenko for a corner!
    • 15' Great stuff from the Ukrainian side! They're creating chances tonight, they just need to start converting a few if they are to score the three goals - at least - to retain an interest in this tie.
    • 14' Shakhtar are through again now! Douglas Costa worms his way through on the right this time before rolling the ball back for Jadson! Ooh! Straight at Valdes!
    • 13' Shakhtar are doing well at the moment and it's the home side who are enjoying more of possession.
    • 12' Adriano gets a mouthful from the referee, who won't stand for any back chat tonight.
    • 11' Here come the hosts again with Willian, who wins a throw off Alves.
    • 10' An early goal for Shakhtar would at least make this one interesting and at best be the start of the most amazing comeback ever!
    • 9' Best chance of the game so far that. It really was a good save by Valdes.
    • 8' Ooh! Douglas Costa runs onto a wonderful reverse through pass by Jadson... he fires on target but Valdes is equal to it and Mascherano hacks clear!
    • 8' Mkhitaryan is felled by Keita, who escapes a booking, despite that being his second questionable foul of the night.
    • 7' But here come Shakhtar with Willian who tries to tease Alves on the left hand side... the defender comes out the better of the two Brazilians this time though.
    • 6' Shakhtar are getting absolutely no time on the ball at all as Barca press every time they lose possession.
    • 5' Here come Barca with Messi, who slips the ball through for Villa... Messi continues his run but Villa opts not to find the Argentine and he ends up losing the ball and giving away a free-kick.
    • 4' Valdes launches a clearance straight out of play and the hosts get the ball back. And Mascherano is forced to clear from inside his six-yard box!
    • 3' Barca, as expected, have started well and are pressing Shakhtar high up the pitch.
    • 2' Barca are in their all turquoise away kit tonight, Shakhtar in their usual black and orange.
    • 1' Here we go then! Under way in Donetsk!
    • 19:42 Here come the teams into the impressive Donbass Arena, where Shakhtar lost for the first time at the weekend to finally end their home record.
    • 19:40 One final stat before kick-off: In 11 Champions League games versus Ukrainian opposition, Barcelona have never recorded a draw: six wins and five defeats.
    • 19:35 Don't forget, this isn't the only match on tonight - there's the small matter of Manchester United's clash with Chelsea also to be resolved. Follow live commentary from Old Trafford here
    • 19:30 Shakhtar have won two of their 12 games v Spanish opponents in all European competitions, both against Barcelona in the Champions League.
    • 19:25 Shakhtar are unbeaten in their last 13 home games in European competitions, conceding just four goals; this season Mircea Lucescu’s men have won all four home games, shipping just one goal in the process. But it might be a different story tonight.
    • 19:20 Shakhtar have none of their starting back four available, with Daijo Srna, Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Olexandr Kucher out injured and Razvan Rat suspended. Not the best of times to be dealing with a defensive crisis....
    • 19:15 So, Guardiola is true to his word and fields his strongest possible side, with just one change from his team a week ago - an enforced one with the suspended Iniesta being replaced by Ibrahim Afellay.
    • 19:10 And tonight's referee is Florian Meyer (Germany).
    • 19:05 Teams: SHAKHTAR: Pyatov, Kobin, Ischenko, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Hubschman, Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa, Jadson, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Khudzamov, Fernandinho, Eduardo, Gai, Alex Teixeira, Kryvtsov, Moreno /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Dani Alves, Busquets, Pique, Adriano Correia, Xavi, Mascherano, Keita, Afellay, Messi, Villa. Subs: Pinto, Jeffren, Pedro, Milito, Maxwell, Fontas, Thiago
    • 19:00 Yet despite the aggregate scoreline, Barca boss Pep Guardiola has insisted he won't be taking anything for granted and will name his strongest possible side. Barca set to name best side
    • 18:55 Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Xaxi, Seydou Keita and Dani Alves were all on target in Catalunya as Barca rolled over Shakhtar to effectively ensure their progress. Barca destroy Shakhtar
    • 18:50 The Ukrainian side fell to a 5-1 defeat in last week's first leg at the Nou Camp and tonight's match appears to be nothing more than a formality for the Spanish giants, for whom a last-four clash with old foes Real Madrid beckons.
    • 18:45 Shakhtar welcome Barcelona to the Donbass Arena with a mountain to climb if they are to turn the tide in this tie and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League against all the odds.
  • Summary

    • 83' Moreno! What a miss! He somehow stabs wide of the mark when he really should have netted!
    • 80' Pyatov gives it away though and Messi is in again... the ball spring loose to Pedro, but he fires way over the bar!
    • 73' Oooh! What a save by Valdes to deny Mkhitaryan! Eduardo was involved there too, but the Barca keeper was equal to it!
    • 59' Ooh! So close to being a second for Barca! Messi glides past two challenges before slipping it to Afellay who sees his sidefooted curler repelled by Pyatov! Alves picks up the loose ball but he fires off target!
    • 45' Jadson! Oooh! The Brazilian tests Valdes with a superb free-kick as Shakhtar look to hit back straight away!
    • 43' GOAL! MESSI! Alves plays in the Argentina wizard who controls, stays on his feet and then finishes past Pyatov! 1-0 to Barca and that's pretty much that!
    • 40' Afellay! Ooh! Great strike from the former PSV man from the edge of the box and Pyatov does well to punch clear!
    • 31' Messi! Oooh! He tries to chip Pyatov but the keeper is equal to it!
    • 30' Lovely stuff from Barca here as Adriano is played in on the overlap by Afellay and only a great clearance off the line by Rakitskiy prevents the visitors from taking the lead!
    • 24' Jadson again! Ooh! Mkhitaryan centres for the Brazilian but his first-time effort is straight at a grateful Valdes!
    • 14' Shakhtar are through again now! Douglas Costa worms his way through on the right this time before rolling the ball back for Jadson! Ooh! Straight at Valdes!
    • 8' Ooh! Douglas Costa runs onto a wonderful reverse through pass by Jadson... he fires on target but Valdes is equal to it and Mascherano hacks clear!
    • 19:05 Teams: SHAKHTAR: Pyatov, Kobin, Ischenko, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Hubschman, Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa, Jadson, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Khudzamov, Fernandinho, Eduardo, Gai, Alex Teixeira, Kryvtsov, Moreno /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Dani Alves, Busquets, Pique, Adriano Correia, Xavi, Mascherano, Keita, Afellay, Messi, Villa. Subs: Pinto, Jeffren, Pedro, Milito, Maxwell, Fontas, Thiago

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    Manager: Mircea Lucescu

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    Manager: Josep Guardiola

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