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December 5, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Donbass Arena — Donets'k
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
Attendance:‬ 50104‎
 
 
Olexandr Kucher 56′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Juventus

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Donbass Arena as a second-half own goal decided the match and the group in the Bianconeri's favour

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Andriy Pyatov
    6
    24
    2.50

    Andriy Pyatov

    Could have been a little more assertive one the goal; otherwise, not much to do.

  • Olexandr Kucher
    7
    32
    1.50

    Olexandr Kucher Flop of the Match

    Involved in the decisive moment of the game, as he came off second best against Giovinco when challenging for a cross and ended up sliding the ball into his own net.

  • R. Raţ
    10
    19
    2.00

    R. Raţ

    Beaten far too many times defensively, as his shoddy positioning was all to easy for Juve to exploit. Should have tracked back a lot better.

  • Darijo Srna
    15
    17
    3.00

    Darijo Srna

    Produced one fantastic clearance to block a dangerous cross from Lichtsteiner and generally held his own at the back. Did not often find an opportunity to get forward an support Shakhtar on the counter, though.

  • Yaroslav Rakytskyy
    9
    16
    3.00

    Yaroslav Rakytskyy

    Could not be faulted much for his performance at the back. Let one or two attacks pass him by, but made up for it with some otherwise determined defensive play.

  • Taras Stepanenko
    5
    19
    2.50

    Taras Stepanenko

    A bit of a non-factor in midfield as he did not do much to stop Juve controlling the second half, and was also uninspiring when on the ball.

  • Fernandinho
    13
    21
    3.00

    Fernandinho

    A deterrent for the Juventus midfield as he was able to step in and make a number of tackles to disrupt play, while showing the ability to advance the ball forward as well. An underrated display.

  • Willian
    18
    24
    3.00

    Willian

    Gave his team a few moments of thrust and directness when he broke with the ball from his own half. His pace was difficult to deal with and he won his side a fair number of free kicks.

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    10
    20
    2.50

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    Try as he might, the Armenian could not make much happen in attack. Broke clear on one occasion, but steered his shot wide. Below-par overall.

  • Alex Teixeira
    8
    19
    2.00

    Alex Teixeira

    Apart from one ballooned shot from close range, he offered his team little in the way of an attacking threat and was replaced in the second half.

  • Eduardo
    8
    25
    2.00

    Eduardo

    Virtually anonymous, as he barely got a sniff on goal. The Juve defence marked him well - the amount of touches he got on the ball could have probably been counted on one hand.

Substitutions

  • Ilsinho
    8
    15
    3.00

    Ilsinho

    Held possession well in the middle, but did not look to step outside his comfort zone.

  • Marko Devic
    7
    17
    2.50

    Marko Devic

    Offered his side little off the bench.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    175
    1
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Never forced to display his best, as Shakhtar's lack of clear chances meant that he was a spectator for most of the match. But he was a commanding presence throughout.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    227
    2
    4.50

    Giorgio Chiellini Top of the Match

    Won virtually everything thrown his way in the air and hardly put a foot wrong when defending on the ground. Shakhtar found him a very difficult opponent to get past whenever they attacked the Juve goal.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    163
    2
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Stood firm alongside the rest of the Juventus back three and rarely look troubled by the infrequent pressure Shakhtar put on his goal. Did what he had to do with little fuss.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    185
    4
    4.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Looked to snuff out danger as soon as it appeared and generally took a no-nonsense approach to getting rid of the ball in dangerous areas. Extremely committed at the back and stuck to his task very well.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    176
    1
    4.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Got forward on occasion and was able to put in a few testing deliveries into the opposition penalty area. One such delivery ended up making the difference, as Kucher was forced to bundle into his own net for the only goal of the game.

  • Paul Pogba
    186
    8
    3.50

    Paul Pogba

    Solid in possession and picked his moments to surge into the attacking third to good effect. A mature performance that belied his tender years.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    163
    5
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Became more and more influential in the second half after a fairly subdued opening 45 minutes. Clipped the post with a low shot from the edge of the box and was afforded more space to display his range of passing.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    156
    2
    3.00

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Solid, if unspectacular, as he took few risks when advancing into the opposition half, while tracking back well to help out the defence.

  • Arturo Vidal
    207
    2
    4.50

    Arturo Vidal

    Mopped up loose ends extremely well in midfield, as he was incredibly successful in harrying opposition players into mistakes or rushed passes. His play was one of the main reasons that Shakhtar failed to create anything meaningful for most of the game. Had one or two cracks at goal, too, but his accuracy let him down.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    171
    5
    4.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Linked well with Giovinco at times and gave his side a good outlet up front. His hold up play was hugely important, as it afforded Juventus a focal point to build their attacks around.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    174
    8
    3.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Buzzed about with a lot of energy in attack, but after missing a good first half chance, it looked not to be his day. However, he never let his head drop and his determination was important in forcing an own goal off Kucher.

Substitutions

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    8
    0

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Replaced Giovinco in the dying seconds.

  • Alessandro Matri
    6
    0

    Alessandro Matri

    Thrown on in place of Vucinic with two minutes remaining.

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