'Luiz Adriano scored with his instinct' - Lucescu defends Shakhtar striker following drop-ball goal

The Ukrainians' coach has apologised for the controversial nature of his side's first strike but will not punish the Brazilian, who was accused of unsportsmanlike behaviour
Mircea Lucescu has claimed that Luiz Adriano's controversial goal in Shakhtar Donetsk's 5-2 victory over Nordsjaelland was driven by instinct.

Danes' goalkeeper Jesper Hansen was expecting the ball to be played back to him by Willian, but the pass was instantly collected by the Brazilian, who went on to tap home the equaliser.

"I'm very sorry that we scored a goal that caused so much controversy," he said after the match. "Luiz Adriano told me that his instinct made him score the goal.

"Afterwards, we let our opponents back into the match, but [Taras] Stepanenko did not understand our instructions. Fortunately, it was quickly settled.

"We deserved to win as we were the better team. Again, I apologise for what happened in [the build-up to] Adriano's goal."

However, after being questioned by one journalist who asked whether he would punish the player following his behaviour, Lucescu angrily replied: "Have you ever played football to ask me these questions? It was a mistake that happened during the game.

"We are very proud of this victory and it should have been 10-2 [not 5-2]! I apologised, what else do you want me to do?"