Wednesday September 15, 2010 Group Stage: Group H Finished Donbass Arena

Shakhtar Donetsk 1 - 0 Partizan Belgrade

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  1. Srna strike sinks Partizan

    Srna strike sinks Partizan

    Shakhtar Donetsk overcame a stubborn Partizan Belgrade side thanks to a goal from captain Darijo Srna in a 1-0 win in the Donbass Arena. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Partizan Belgrade
    • 93' Full time. 1-0 Shakhtar and well deserved.
    • 92' Stankovic comes on in place of Krstajic.
    • 91' Gai hits the post! A neat pull-back from Willian finds the midfielder on the edge of the area, his left-footed effort hits the inside of the right hand post, rolls along the goal line before being cleared.
    • 85' Krstajic has a header saved from Tomic's corner. All of a sudden Pyatov is a busy man.
    • 84' Pyatov has to make two saves in quick succession. Tomic has two efforts on goal, both from outside the area, but the Shakhtar stopper tips both efforts away.
    • 82' Adriano comes on in place of Vitsenets.
    • 81' Cleo shoots wide from 30 yards out. Pyatov had it covered though.
    • 75' A deep cross from Srna is messily cleared by Savić - confusion ensues as his clearance goes no further than the 18 yard box. They eventually get it away though.
    • 71' Smiljanić fouls Teixeira and a FK is given. Srna curls in the free kick from 28 yards out, it dips low and beats Stojkovic at his bottom right post. Great technique. Harsh on Stojkovic though, great performance tonight.
    • 71' 1-0 Shakhtar!
    • 69' And they so nearly do! A free kick from the right finds Krstajić at the back post. He lofts the ball back in but it's cleared off the line by Rakitskiy.
    • 68' It would be hilarious if Partizan nicked this.
    • 67' Shakhtar taste blood now. but with two forwards up against NINE Partizan players in the penalty area alone, it'll take something special to win this one.
    • 65' And ANOTHER amazing save from Stojkovic. Srna crosses from the byline and Luiz Adriano has so much free space it's ridiculous, and his header is heading for the back of the net, but a reflex save from Stojkovic tips the ball over the bar.
    • 64' A through ball fo Adriano but a spot of good defending from Lazevski blocks his run and Stojkovic can clear.
    • 61' Partizan break! Boya runs on to a through ball on the right wing and pulls it back for Miljkovic to cross. Cleo gets his head on it, but it's behind him and incredibly low and floats harmlessly wide.
    • 57' Iliev is coming off for Partizan in place of Boya. While Jadson is replaced by Teixeira. I didn't even realise Iliev was playing to be honest. Anonymous.
    • 57' 4-0 Arsenal. Fabregas again. I'd love a goal here. Not even four. Just the one would do.
    • 55' This is relentless from Shakhtar. But if I was Lucescu right now, I'd get Eduardo on. Saying that, he coudl probably do a better job than his forwards in this game. Profligate.
    • 54' He smothered that ball, absolutley threw himself at it. Very brave.
    • 54' And Jadson is through! No, it's saved again. Incredible goalkeeping from Stojkovic once more!
    • 53' A corner kick finds Kucher about 30 yards out. He can't be impressed with what his team mates are doing further up the field, so he has a go himself. Not too shabby for a centre half. Still misses though.
    • 50' For a second, I though Partizan had gone all adventurous on me and gone 4-2-3-1. I was wrong. 4-4-2 it is, with two VERY deep banks of four. It's like table football.
    • 50' Nearly there. A cross from Rat hits Hübschman and falls at the feet of Stojkovic. That ball in was about a centimetre away from Luiz Adriano's head.
    • 47' Shakhtar on the attack straight away, but once again, it comes to nothing. They've really got to start making that final ball count. They've had so much possession in the final third, if they don't win this, I certainly wouldn't want to be trapped in a dressing room with Mircea Lucescu.
    • 45' The second half has begun, no changes at half time for either side.
    • - Half time stat - Gai has covered 6,510 metres, 500 more than any other player.
    • 45' And that's the end of the first half. 0-0 at the Donbass Arena. Shakhtar have been the better team by quite a margin, but they can't get past Stojkovic. Partizan defending terribly but Shakhtar haven't really created any great opportunities.
    • 45' One minute of injury time here...
    • 42' Willian has made 25/26 passes while Kucher as 40/42. Very impressive.
    • 39' It's that man Douglas Costa again. He skins Ilic yet again and curls in a wicked shot that is punched clear by Stojkovic. Fairly routine for the Partizan GK.
    • 36' It's now Arsenal 3-0. Arshavin and Chamakh with two goals in three minutes.
    • 36' Hübschman runs on to Rat's through ball after Jadson cleverly stepped over it. His first touch is poor and Stojkovic smothers the loose ball. Don't think he was expecting that to be fair to him.
    • 36' Partizan haven't had a shot, on or even off goal, so far. Shakhtar have had five.
    • 32' The first real hint of a counter attack from partizan is ended when Srna fells Medo on the half way line.
    • 30' It's taken by Douglas Costa and whipped in but Stojkovic manages to punch clear. The home side are piling on the pressure, and the way Partizan are defending, they'll get some joy sooner or later.
    • 29' Ilic brings down Srna on the right wing. FK to Shakhtar.
    • 26' What a save! Luiz Adriano gets the ball in the six yard box, turns past Krstajic and shoots at goal. It looks to be a sure thing, but Stojkovic gets his fingers to it, fluffs it to Jadson before it's eventually cleared.
    • 25' Cleo runs through the Shakhtar defence but runs out of steam. He's got to have more support and at least one other option in those circumstances.
    • 23' Brilliant skill by Douglas Costa as numerous stepovers taker him past Medo before Lazevski lies down on the ball and wins a FK. Generous.
    • 22' Stojković saves from Willian. The number 10's shot from distance was tipped away from danger by the GK who was on loan at Wigan last season.
    • 19' Now Srna is down. Ilic gets revenge and stands on his foot. He's being carted off on what looks like a lawn mower. He'll be back on.
    • 18' Srna fouls Sasa Ilic, he nips his ankle but the Partizan left back decides he needs to drop to the ground screaming in pain.
    • 17' Shakhtar have had 69% of the possession so far. Dominant.
    • 16' Well, that's what I think. What do you all think? Any predictions?
    • 15' The game is being played at a nice, quick tempo tonight. Shakthar are passing it around nicely and finding lots of space. Partizan defending deep and definitely looking to catch the home side on the counter.
    • 11' And nearly so were Shakthar! Srna breaks free down the right and crosses for Luiz Adriano who is tackled at the last minute by Savic who puts the ball out for a corner.
    • 10' Arsenal take the lead thanks to a Cesc Fabregas penalty, the group favourites are already in the lead.
    • 10' Partizan have ten men in their own half. I think this tells us about their tactics for tonight.
    • 7' Luiz Adriano is brought down in the centre circle and it's a FK to Shakhtar. Comes to nothing though. Waste.
    • 5' Clever work from Willian as he flicks the ball to an unmarked Rat on the edge of the area, but his effort flies inches wide.
    • 4' Partizan look incredibly narrow tonight.
    • 3' A chance for Shakhtar. A racing run down the left from Jadson and a cross right along the face of the goal, but no one is there to tap it in.
    • 2' That would have been embarrassing. The ball clatters of the referee, Carlos Velasco Carballo, and flies right back into the Partizan penalty area, but luckily, they pounce and clear.
    • 1' Already you can see Partizan's four-man midfield sitting deep, though the Shakthar defence is pushing pretty high up. Watch out for some incisive through balls.
    • '1 The first half is underway.
    • - A spot of trivia for you, the stadium tonight was opened in August 2009 and can sit 50,000 fans. It's going to be one of the main stadiums for the Euro 2012 competition. Impressive.
    • - The Donbass Arena is absolutely heaving. Everyone has an orange flag and is waving it frantically. Quite a sight. There's a small section kitted out in black though. Thems be Partizan fans.
    • - The two teams are in the tunnel in the Donbass Arena and are just comign out now. Clash of the Eastern Europeans tonight. Should be technical.
    • - According to sources, cough UEFA cough, it's going to be 18c tonight with 41% humidity. Nice.
    • - Keep an eye out for Partizan's Mladen Krstajić. The centre back will play in a protective mask tonight due to a broken nose.
    • - Shakhtar expect to be without midfielder Fernandinho for the remainder of the season after the 25-year-old broke his leg in Friday's 1-0 league defeat against FC Obolon Kyiv.
    • - Elsewhere in Group H tonight, Arsenal take on Braga. But stay with me, this one will be MUCH more exciting. I promise.
    • - Partizan are also top of their domestic league having played four and won four. Having conceded only one goal in the process, this game certainly doesn't look as though it's going to provide goals.
    • - Shakhtar are currently sitting top of the Ukranian league having won seven, drawn one and lost one. They've onyl conceded three goals in that run, so they seem pretty strong at the back.
    • - Be patient with me with player names tonight. There's a lot that could go wrong...
    • - So, it should be interesting tonight - Shakhtar are playing with a 4-2-3-1 while Partizan stick to a very, erm, partisan 4-4-2.
    • - Partizan: Stojkovic; Miljkovic, Savic, Krstajic, Lazevski; Medo, Smiljanic, S.Ilic, Tomic; Illiev, Cleo SUBS: Ilic, Stankovic, Petrovic, Boya, Davidov, Babovic, Kizito.
    • - Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat; Hubschman, Gai; Willian, Jadson, Douglas Costa; Luiz Adriano. SUBS: Khudzhamov, Eduardo, Stepanenko, Teixeira, Ischenko, Itsenets, Moreno.
    • - Let's get some team news in...
    • - For those of you with short memories, Shakhtar were eliminated from the 08/09 CL only to be entered into the, what was then called the UEFA Cup, which they went on to win, defeating Werder Bremen 2-1 after extra time.
    • - This is Shakhtar's sixth Champions League participation and they are aiming to advance from the group stage
    • - Partizan are returning to the Champions League for the first time in six seasons. Event.
    • - These two sides met in the Europa League in 2009 as Partizan won 1-0 in Belgrade but Shakhtar won the return game 4-1.
    • - Good evening everyone and welcome to tonight's coverage of Shakhtar Donestsk vs Partizan Belgrade.
  • Summary

    • 91' Gai hits the post! A neat pull-back from Willian finds the midfielder on the edge of the area, his left-footed effort hits the inside of the right hand post, rolls along the goal line before being cleared.
    • 84' Pyatov has to make two saves in quick succession. Tomic has two efforts on goal, both from outside the area, but the Shakhtar stopper tips both efforts away.
    • 71' Smiljanić fouls Teixeira and a FK is given. Srna curls in the free kick from 28 yards out, it dips low and beats Stojkovic at his bottom right post. Great technique. Harsh on Stojkovic though, great performance tonight.
    • 71' 1-0 Shakhtar!
    • 69' And they so nearly do! A free kick from the right finds Krstajić at the back post. He lofts the ball back in but it's cleared off the line by Rakitskiy.
    • 65' And ANOTHER amazing save from Stojkovic. Srna crosses from the byline and Luiz Adriano has so much free space it's ridiculous, and his header is heading for the back of the net, but a reflex save from Stojkovic tips the ball over the bar.
    • 54' And Jadson is through! No, it's saved again. Incredible goalkeeping from Stojkovic once more!
    • 26' What a save! Luiz Adriano gets the ball in the six yard box, turns past Krstajic and shoots at goal. It looks to be a sure thing, but Stojkovic gets his fingers to it, fluffs it to Jadson before it's eventually cleared.
    • 11' And nearly so were Shakthar! Srna breaks free down the right and crosses for Luiz Adriano who is tackled at the last minute by Savic who puts the ball out for a corner.
    • 5' Clever work from Willian as he flicks the ball to an unmarked Rat on the edge of the area, but his effort flies inches wide.
    • - Partizan: Stojkovic; Miljkovic, Savic, Krstajic, Lazevski; Medo, Smiljanic, S.Ilic, Tomic; Illiev, Cleo SUBS: Ilic, Stankovic, Petrovic, Boya, Davidov, Babovic, Kizito.
    • - Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat; Hubschman, Gai; Willian, Jadson, Douglas Costa; Luiz Adriano. SUBS: Khudzhamov, Eduardo, Stepanenko, Teixeira, Ischenko, Itsenets, Moreno.

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  • Shakhtar Donetsk

    Manager: Mircea Lucescu

  • Partizan Belgrade

    Manager: Aleksander Stanojevic

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