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UEFA Champions League
20 November 2012
• Parken, København
Referee: A. Gautier
• Attendance: 17054
M. Nordstrand 24'
K. Lorentzen 29'
Luiz Adriano 26', 53', 81'
Willian 44', 50'
Full time. Shakhtar walk away 5-2 winners from this one after a controversial performance from Luiz Adriano. Nordsjaelland played some good passing football particularly in the first half but ultimately their defending let them down on a number of occasions which gave their opponents an easy victory. The main talking point will still be Luiz Adriano's controversial first goal but Nordsjaelland can't deny that Shakhtar were the better team overall.
90' + 2'
Yellow CardMichael Parkhurst
Parkhurst picks up a booking after preventing Shakhtar from breaking away. The free-kick is hit wide by Darijo Srna.
Yellow CardAnders Christiansen
Kucher squares up to Christiansen after the two players clash. The Nordsjaelland player was penalised for a foul but both players are booked because of their reactions after the clash.
Yellow CardOlexandr Kucher
Free-kick from the right hand side awarded to Shakhtar. Eduardo da Silva takes the free-kick but it fails to get past the Nordsjaelland defence.
Shakhtar are now seeing a lot more of the ball and are looking comfortable.
Goal! Shakhter increase their lead through another strike from the controversial Luiz Adriano. Douglas Costa knocks down a cross from the left hand side to Luiz Adriano's feet and the forward calmly places the ball into the back of the net to give him his hat-trick.
John earns Nordstrand a corner after a promising run down the wing. The corner is not dangerous enough to threaten the Shakhtar defence and the ball eventually finds it way into Pyatov's gloves.
Foul on Willian by Christiansen. The Dane pulls his opponent to the ground after Willian got the better of him.
Shakhtar pass the ball slowly and carefully around their defence. The visitors appear to be trying to keep as much of the possession as possible and are looking to just see the game out from this point.
Great run down the middle from Christiansen who then gives Nordstrand a great chance to score but the forward makes a hash of it and the ball is returned to Shakhtar.
A ball is pumped into the Shakhtar box and two Nordsjaelland players both jump for the same ball which results in neither getting it. The referee bizarrely awards a free-kick to Shakhtar despite there being very little contact between the players of the opposing sides.
Yellow CardLuiz Adriano
To the delight of the home fans Luiz Adriano is given a yellow card for being adjudged to have jumped unfairly when going up for a header.
Stokholm threads a good cross in for Christensen but the midfielder heads way over the bar.
Yellow CardEnock Kofi Adu
Adu picks up a yellow card after a strong tackle which prevented Shakhtar from breaking forward.
Fernandinho breaks down the right wing deep into the Nordsjaelland area but then his cross fails to find a teammate and the ball is cleared.
Joshua John tries to create something for the home side down the left hand side, takes it past one defender but then runs out of steam and the move comes to nothing.
Nordsjaelland make half-hearted claims for a penalty but the referee instantly signals that nothing will be given and Shakhtar clear the ball to safety.
Goal! It goes from bad to worse for Nordsjaelland as Shakhtar make it 4-2. Willian plays an accurate pass down the wing to Teixeira who then swings a ball in for Luiz Adriano to slot past Hansen.
Goal! Brilliant strike from Willian to give Shakhtar the lead for the first time in the game. Willian picked up the ball on the edge of the area and the Nordsjaelland defenders backed off him and gave him the space to curl a stunning shot into the top corner.
Fernandinho comes forward and gets it to Teixeira in the opposition box but Teixeira is judged to have fouled one of the Nordsjaelland defenders.
We are back underway in Denmark!
The referee calls an end to the first half at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. What a controversial half it has been! Nordsjaelland have been playing some great football at times and will feel like they should still be winning due to the nature of Shakhtar's first goal. However the Danish side were poor at clearing their lines and that was what gifted their opponents the equaliser. Check back in around 10 minutes time for the second half.
Goal! Equaliser for Shakhtar! Fernandinho breaks into the Nordsjaelland area just outside the 6 yard box and switches it to Borges da Silva who then hits a shot which deflects back off Fernandinho into the net.
Mkhitaryan gets the ball on the edge of the Nordsjaelland penalty area and fires a low shot just inches wide of the far post.
Fernandinho swings a good ball into the Nordsjaelland box and the ball eventually falls to Luiz Adriano who's shot is deflected wide.
Shakhtar are struggling to string a good set of passes together and Nordsjaelland are doing well to win the ball off of them.
Parkhurst breaks forward for the home side and tries to swing a cross into the box, however it is well cut out by Willian.
The atmosphere has been turned up a notch and Nordsjaelland are looking more likely to score another. By rights they should have an even bigger lead due to Shakhtar's controversial goal.
Incredible stuff, goal for Nordsjaelland! They don't need Shakhtar to let them score, Kasper Lorentzen latches onto a great ball, takes a perfect first touch and fires his team back in front.
What an outrageous situation, the Shakhtar coach appeared at first to have instructed his team to let Nordsjaelland score but they then did not allow them past.
Controversial equaliser! Nordsjaelland play the ball back to their goalkeeper after a drop ball but Luiz Adriano does not care for sportsmanship, latches onto the pass and applies a simple finish.
Goal for Nordsjaelland! John yet again looking dangerous down the wing and swings a great ball in for Nordstrand who happily slots the ball into the Shakhtar net.
The possession is completely even at this stage in the match with both sides looking a lot more settled into the game now.
Nordsjaelland are playing some good football without pushing too far forward. They appear to be mostly looking for a chance to hit Shakhtar on the break.
Good chance and shot on goal from Nordsjaelland but Pyatov makes a great save down low. The referee blows for a foul against Nordsjaelland so it would not have counted anyway.
Shakhtar start to improve with some neat and accurate passing. Rat crosses a ball into the box that leaves Mkhitaryan with almost an open goal but he makes poor contact and hoofs the balls miles over the bar.
Kucher is penalised for a foul on the half way line, the referee gives him a talking to but refrains from showing him a card on this occasion.
Nordsjaelland work their way into the visitors penalty area through a ball up to Nordstrand but the Dane fails to get the ball under control and loses out.
John weaves past a couple Shakhtar players and nearly brakes into the box but his control lets him down and the move comes to nothing
Shakhtar launch a ball in for Luiz Adriano but the goalkeeper collects the ball easily.
Nordsjaelland corner, cleared by the first man and Shakhtar retain possession.
A couple early balls are lofted into the Nordsjaelland box but easily dealt with by the Danish sides defence.
We are under way in the Danish capital for this European tie!
Shakhtar's starting XI: Pyatov, Kucher, Raţ, Rakitskiy, Stepanenko, Fernandinho, Willian, Alex Teixeira, Srna, Luiz Adriano, Mkhitaryan
Nordsjaelland only had three shots in the entire game when they met Shakhtar earlier in the tournement, but all of them were on target.
Nordsjælland lineup: Hansen, Okore, Mtiliga, Parkhurst, Runje, Adu, Stokholm, Christensen, Lorentzen, Nordstrand, John.
Shakhtar have won just one of their last six Champions League away games but have won all three matches they have played against Danish opposition.
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