Tuesday October 23, 2012 Group Stage: Group E Finished Donbass Arena

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 1 Chelsea

  • Alex Teixeira 3’
  • Fernandinho 52’
  • Oscar 88’

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  1. Champions League - Matchpack: Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea

    Champions League - Matchpack: Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea

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    Time:90'
    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Chelsea
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    • 90+3' Full time! Shaktar have beaten Chelsea in impressive fashion though a late fade meant they had to hold on to keep all three points!
    • 90+2' Shaktar win a pair of free-kicks in the middle of the park which are effective in cooling Chelsea's momentum as they try to press forward. Time ticking away.
    • 90+1' Three added minutes for Chelsea to try and snach an unlikely point.
    • 90' Dangerous cross from the right by Fernandinho, but Terry with a crucial interception! Ball comes the way of Mkhitaryan who again tests Cech but the keeper holds on.
    • 89' GOAL! Chelsea with a lifeline! Sturridge fouled on the right but Ivanovic takes over with advantage, crossing low for Oscar to finish. There's your Brazilian flavour!
    • 88' Willian comes off and Douglas Costa is his replacement. Plenty of Brazilian flavour at the Dombass, both starting and from the bench.
    • 87' Luiz takes the 30+ yarder, but hits the wall.
    • 86' Delay to the free-kick as Ramires receives treatment.
    • 85' Lovely turn begins a dangerous dribble down the middle of the pitch from Ramires, drawing a check from Hubschman which earns him a yellow.
    • 83' Fernandinho's lovely dummy almost creates another golden chance for the Ukraine side, but it's the same player who ruins it with a handball.
    • 82' Opening scorer Teixeira makes way for Ilsinho in the hosts' first substitution.
    • 80' Luiz enters the book for a push on Willian.
    • 79' Chelsea go direct from the goal kick and Hazard's attempt to flick a ball over Kyatov is well thwarted by Pyatov, who has had a good game in goal for Donetsk.
    • 78' The set piece is headed from goal but a follow-up cross from the right is headed down by Adriano to Kucher! He didn't know it was coming and the ball ricochets off his leg and just wide!
    • 77' Teixeira frustrates Terry by holding up the ball near the right-hand corner flag and drawing a petulant foul.
    • 75' A rare moment of complacency from the home side at the back almost allows Sturridge in, but they clear up their mess.
    • 74' Chelsea counter but a fluid through-pass to Hazard should have been squared to Sturridge at the far post. Instead, the big-money summer signing tamely shoots straight at Pyatov.
    • 73' Another tiki-taka attack from Shakhtar and it's Mkhitaryan again with the shot. Cech holds onto this one.
    • 72' This is a great period of play from the home side. All of their Brazilian attackers have a hand in a neat move which ends with Adriano having a shot saved.
    • 71' Mkhitaryan! Great drive from outside the box tipped over by Cech!
    • 70' Second change, first tactical for Chelsea as Torres comes off to make way for Daniel Sturridge.
    • 69' Shakhtar now at the other end looking for a third, and again it's Fernandinho capping the move with a wide low shot.
    • 68' Mikel swivels to face goal but at the cost of his shot, which flies well over.
    • 67' Luiz wins his side a corner from the set piece.
    • 66' Hazard is cynically sent tumbling by Kucher on the left and is booked. The Belgian was too far out for it to be a last-man scenario but would have likely caused trouble with his pace and all the space ahead of him had the defender not checked him.
    • 65' Now Torres finds space on the right wing but hesitation in sending a cross over allows Pyatov to catch.
    • 64' Ramires tries to thread Torres through but it's a poor effort. Not what you'd expect from the Brazilian usually.
    • 63' Applause from the home fans as Srna returns from the touchlines to re-enter the fray.
    • 62' Srna needs treatment as Di Matteo argues Torres' case now.
    • 60' Torres feels he is fouled in the box by captain Srna, who in fact did well to use his upper body strength to beat the striker to a looping cross.
    • 59' And there's almost another example as the orange shirts push forward before a cut-back from the right allows Fernandinho to miss his crack at a brace by a few yards.
    • 58' 32 minutes for Chelsea to salvage this contest but it's not as if they haven't had their fair share of the ball and chances. Shakhtar have been ruthless on the counter and preying on errors.
    • 57' Chelsea build a sustained attack which culminates with Ramires winning another former with a wicked drive, forced from goal by Pyatov!
    • 55' Teixeira clatters Mikel for a Chelsea free-kick inside their own half.
    • 54' The corner leads to a second one, but in the end neither yield a decent stab at goal for the away side.
    • 53' Hazard attempts an immediate rebuttal with a curling strike from 25 yards central which Pyatov pushes around the post for a corner.
    • 52' GOAL! 2-0 Shakhtar! Fernandinho with an accomplished finish across Cech as the defence are again caught dawdling allowing Adriano to pounce and square for his colleague to double the lead.
    • 51' Hazard, who replaced the crocked Lampard, is now down receiving treatment.
    • 50' It ends with a decent chance for Chelsea as Mata fires over from inside the 'D'.
    • 49' End-to-end passage of play as the two sides trade counter-attacks.
    • 48' Could be further injury headaches for Chelsea as Luiz appears to be hobbling a bit.
    • 47' Torres off-target early on as Chelsea once again begin the half in control.
    • 46' We are back with Chelsea kicking off the second half.
    • 45+2' A standing ovation meets the half-time whistle as Shakhtar deservedly lead the title-holders Chelsea 1-0 after 45 minutes. Do you Blues fans see a way back on the basis of the performance so far? Have Donetsk peaked, or will this be a first defeat of the European campaign?
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of added time before the break.
    • 45' Chelsea deal with the corner as Barcelona equalise at home to Celtic. Follow Barca-Celtic in another tab!
    • 44' Another heart-in-mouth moment at the back for Chelsea as Luiz and Cech mis-communicate a back header and the goalkeeper is lucky to only concede a corner with two vultures looming.
    • 43' Ivanovic with another diagonal cross which Torres heads weakly into the ground allowing Pyatov to claim.
    • 42' Long distance shot from Fernandinho... decent, but again held by Cech.
    • 40' Torrid period for Chelsea who have held control for longer periods but looked far more vulnerable when it has been Shakhtar coming forward.
    • 39' This flag kick is guided towards goal by Mkhitaryan where Oscar at the far post suicidally chests it down two yards from goal and Cech is forced into another great save from Hubschman!
    • 37' Short corner eventually sees Mikel concede another one.
    • 36' Almost 2-0! Mkhitaryan has time to allow a bounce before smashing a shot which Cech tips over. Awful defending from the visitors.
    • 35' Another good Chelsea move is resolutely kept away from danger by the Donetsk back line until Mikel fouls Willian to end the pressure.
    • 33' Superlative loft through pass from Hazard to Torres almost puts the striker in an optimum position to slot one past Pyatov but a heavy touch ruins his chances.
    • 32' Oscar one-twos with Mikel before keeping Rat at bay long enough to drive in a cross from the right, which again only finds orange and black shirts.
    • 31' In a touching moment, Skomina dropped his referee's pen. Terry was first to reach down and pick it up for the official. Aww.
    • 30' Hazard is unable to get much of a header on Ivanovic's early cross from the right, allowing Rakitskiy to clear.
    • 29' Mkhitaryan has space to lash a low 22-yarder at Cech, but the keeper holds it well.
    • 27' Breathless period of play at the moment as the home side immediately counter with a precise first-time diagonal from Fernandinho setting Willian free on the left, but Terry intercepts the cut-back.
    • 26' Torres keeps it alive with some wonderful dribbling inside the area despite three defenders trying to snuff out his threat, but his eventual low cross is cleared.
    • 25' Quick breakaway from Chelsea moments later and Ramires slips a square pass between the remaining two defenders to Torres, but Pyatov just gets a touch to prevent a first-time shot.
    • 24' Pyatov now comes all the way out to the left wing to put a ball out for a throw.
    • 22' As the keeper lands from making the catch, Cole stupidly gives the tiniest of shoves which Pyatov makes an absolute meal of. It works, Cole is booked. Silly stuff from both sides.
    • 21' Pyatov bravely claims a decent cross from the right by Oscar.
    • 20' Oscar is inches away from lifting a diagonal pass over the outrushing Pyatov but the bounce favours the goalkeeper. Decent Chelsea counter nonetheless as the last 10 minutes have been a role reversal of the opening 10.
    • 19' Now we have the corner, but Chelsea get it clear. Want a head-turning pair of scores? Braga are two-up at Old Trafford... and Celtic LEAD at Camp Nou! All games LIVE
    • 18' Lampard makes way for Eden Hazard as that accidental slip leaves him unable to continue.
    • 17' The home side continue to take control in attack with another Brazilian, Luiz Adriano, almost teeing up a team-mate with a deft back-heel before settling for a corner.
    • 16' Adding further bad news for Chelsea early on is a potential injury to Lampard who slipped making a pass and favours his leg.
    • 15' Danger from Chelsea target Willian as he cuts inside a static Blues back line before fizzing a shot over which could and should have forced Cech into action.
    • 14' Winnie John Wilson (@winniewlsn) is the epitome of confidence in the face of potential defeat: "so shakthar bagged their consolation prize so early in the game.. #CFC"
    • 13' Fernandinho tries his luck from 25 yards out but drags the effort well wide for Shakhtar.
    • 12' Oscar has ample space on the right to chip a cross in but the blue shirts are outnumbered five-to-two.
    • 11' Chelsea's Spanish forward soon gets a verbal warning from the referee Damir Skomina of Slovenia for his second foul of the match already.
    • 10' Torres almost breaks free into the Ukrainian box but Kucher does well to nick the ball.
    • 9' Shakhtar are looking useful on the counter but this has been mostly Chelsea so far despite the scoreline.
    • 8' On Twitter, @TheJoeSawaya sees no reason to panic: "bad start but no worries ramires is there to get us back in it" - follow me @liamhappe and have your say!
    • 7' Oscar with Chelsea's first shot on target but Pyatov in goal holds it low to his right.
    • 6' Mata's delivery is cleared at the near post, as is his subsequent follow-up attempt to get the ball into the danger zone.
    • 5' The Blues continue to look assured when they have the ball, though, and Ramires wins the game's first corner off Rat.
    • 4' So a double nightmare for the Premier League reps early on tonight.
    • 3' GOAL! Shakhtar have taken the lead through Alex Teixeira who keeps his cool amidst cries of handball against Terry to beat Cole to the loose ball and slot under Cech. 1-0!
    • 2' Chelsea begin confidently with an early press towards the Donetsk box to the constant whistles of the home fans, but the first goal of the 19:45 kick-offs has come at Old Trafford where Braga lead! Man Utd v Braga: LIVE
    • 1' Shakhtar get the contest underway.
    • 19:45 The teams are out on the pitch. The iconic tournament theme song is-a blarin'. We are moments away from kick-off. Predictions? Thoughts? Wishes of good luck? @goalmachine10 has a stab at the score for us: "I think chelsea will win by 2 goals to 0 before hazard"
    • 19:40 Richard Stiles looks for his beloved Chelsea to take tonight's game as seriously as possible: "Good to see Robbie ain't messing about with this mob." - Want to get your tweets published?
    • 19:35 The pre-match odds are as follows: Shakhtar Donetsk (8/5) Chelsea (2/1) Draw (38/15)
    • 19:30 Chelsea have only won two of their last eight Champions League away games (W2 D3 L3) but those victories have come in their last three away trips.
    • 19:25 Be sure to get involved in today's coverage in one of three ways: leave your thoughts in our comments section below, rate the players as the game progresses once we kick off, and if you want to get your comments published here on the 'cast, simply send them over via Twitter! You can reach me at @liamhappe - be sure to follow too.
    • 19:20 Juan Mata and Oscar have scored with both of their two shots on target each in this season’s Champions League.
    • 19:15 Shakhtar have won 12 and lost just two of their last 18 home games in Europe (excluding qualifiers), but victory over Nordsjælland on Match Day 1 ended a run of four home games without a victory. The hosts have won just two of their last 10 Champions League matches (W2 D3 L5), but are unbeaten in the last three.
    • 19:10 Shakhtar have played English opposition eight times in European competition, winning three and drawing one of their four home matches and losing three and drawing one away. Chelsea are the fourth different English team to be drawn against Shakhtar and the previous teams are all from London (Fulham, Tottenham and Arsenal twice).
    • 19:05 Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea): "I remember Mircea Lucescu's work in Italy very well. All his teams stuck to the same philosophy – they always try to play possession football. You can see how Shakhtar pass the ball. You can see the structure of the team. They are very good tactically and they have a lot of quick players. Lucescu is an excellent coach with huge experience, and he has done very well at Shakhtar."
    • 19:00 Mircea Lucescu (Shakhtar Donetsk): "I don't really care about the entertainment aspect of our game right now, because our main goal is to get three points. For the first time since I came to Shakhtar, we are playing against the European champions. This obviously provides a perfect motivation for the players, as it's a big honour for our city and our club. I don't want to talk a lot about their game on Saturday, because I think that at the moment we are stronger than Tottenham."
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat; Hübschman, Fernandinho; Alex Teixeira, Mkhitarian, Willian; Luiz Adriano. Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Kryvtsov, Stepanenko, Gai, Douglas Costa, Ilsinho, Eduardo. /// Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Oscar, Mata; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Romeu, Hazard, Sturridge.
    • 18:50 Roberto Di Matteo spoke out against criticism of John Terry remaining Chelsea captain ahead of the clash, which will see JT wear the Blues' armband in Ukraine. Full story
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the Champions League group stage as holders Chelsea travel to Shakhtar Donetsk. Team news will follow shortly but you can get your predictions and thoughts in right now via Twitter - follow me @liamhappe!
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Chelsea with a lifeline! Sturridge fouled on the right but Ivanovic takes over with advantage, crossing low for Oscar to finish. There's your Brazilian flavour!
    • 78' The set piece is headed from goal but a follow-up cross from the right is headed down by Adriano to Kucher! He didn't know it was coming and the ball ricochets off his leg and just wide!
    • 71' Mkhitaryan! Great drive from outside the box tipped over by Cech!
    • 57' Chelsea build a sustained attack which culminates with Ramires winning another former with a wicked drive, forced from goal by Pyatov!
    • 52' GOAL! 2-0 Shakhtar! Fernandinho with an accomplished finish across Cech as the defence are again caught dawdling allowing Adriano to pounce and square for his colleague to double the lead.
    • 39' This flag kick is guided towards goal by Mkhitaryan where Oscar at the far post suicidally chests it down two yards from goal and Cech is forced into another great save from Hubschman!
    • 36' Almost 2-0! Mkhitaryan has time to allow a bounce before smashing a shot which Cech tips over. Awful defending from the visitors.
    • 26' Torres keeps it alive with some wonderful dribbling inside the area despite three defenders trying to snuff out his threat, but his eventual low cross is cleared.
    • 25' Quick breakaway from Chelsea moments later and Ramires slips a square pass between the remaining two defenders to Torres, but Pyatov just gets a touch to prevent a first-time shot.
    • 15' Danger from Chelsea target Willian as he cuts inside a static Blues back line before fizzing a shot over which could and should have forced Cech into action.
    • 3' GOAL! Shakhtar have taken the lead through Alex Teixeira who keeps his cool amidst cries of handball against Terry to beat Cole to the loose ball and slot under Cech. 1-0!
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat; Hübschman, Fernandinho; Alex Teixeira, Mkhitarian, Willian; Luiz Adriano. Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Kryvtsov, Stepanenko, Gai, Douglas Costa, Ilsinho, Eduardo. /// Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Oscar, Mata; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Romeu, Hazard, Sturridge.
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