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UEFA Champions League

  • November 5, 2014
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • L'viv Arena, L'viv
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 29173

Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 BATE: Luiz Adriano stars again in comfortable triumph

A hat trick from the Brazilian striker secured another three points against the Belarusian champion.

A Luiz Adriano-inspired Shakhtar Donetsk thrashed 10-man BATE 5-0 to move onto the cusp of a place in the UEFA Champions League's last 16.

The result left Mircea Lucescu's side five points clear of the visiting team, which is now the only side which can deny his club Group H's final ticket to the knockout phase after Porto qualified with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Luiz Adriano, whose record-equaling five-goal haul inspired Shakhtar to a 7-0 victory in Borisov in the sides' meeting two weeks ago, celebrated his maiden Brazil call up with a hand in all five goals.

Darijo Srna's deflected strike gave the Ukrainians the lead and, after BATE defender Anri Khagush was sent off en route to the dressing room at halftime, Alex Teixera's dink made it 2-0.

Having played provider, Luiz Adriano then won and converted a penalty, stabbed home from close range and completed his hat trick with a close-range finish to take himself to nine goals for the season in the competition - four clear of Real Madrid's Karim Benzema at the head of the scoring chart.

The clean sheet was Shakhtar's first in five games at its temporary Lviv home in all competitions, while the club has now scored 27 times in its last five wins.

BATE has conceded 19 times in four group games this term – just three shy of the group-stage record shared by Dinamo Zagreb (2011-12) and Nodsjaelland (2012-13).

Oleksandr Kucher and Serhiy Kryvtsov failed to recover from injury, prompting Mircea Lucescu to hand a Champions League debut to 22-year-old center back Ivan Ordets, while the heart of BATE's back line was shy of imposing Egor Filipenko.

Shakhtar monopolized early possession with just Teixeira's free kick testing Syarhey Chernik, until a slice of fortune helped the side break the deadlock after 19 minutes.

Vyacheslav Shevchuk crossed into the BATE box and Luiz Adriano, despite being surrounded by opponents, managed to cushion the ball into the path of Srna, whose first-time strike cannoned off Mikhail Gordeychuk and flew into the roof of the net.

As Shakhtar threatened to double the lead, a sumptuous Douglas Costa flick then teed up Teixeira, whose effort went narrowly wide, before Taras Stepanenko sliced the ball off target from inside the box.

Chernik made two superb saves on the stroke of halftime to keep BATE in the game.

First the Belarus keeper repelled Teixeira's close-range drive, before blocking Luiz Adriano's shot and pouncing on the loose ball just ahead of the sliding striker.

The Brazilian's challenge infuriated the BATE players and a fracas broke out in the goalmouth with Khagush subsequently sent off for his continued protests.

Luiz Adriano broke several scoring records with a five-goal haul in the teams' previous meeting, but his creation of yet another chance led to Shakhtar's second goal just minutes after the restart.

Srna played the ball into the feet of the 27-year-old, who craftily let the ball run through his legs on the edge of the box, conning two defenders and allowing Texiera to latch on to it and dink the ball over Chernik.

Luiz Adriano made it 3-0 just before the hour, winning a penalty from Yevgeniy Yablonski which he fired into the bottom corner.

It was all Shakhtar thereafter, and Luiz Adriano was the man to capitalise, first getting in front of his marker to divert a Bernard cross into the net before slotting home from a late corner.

It capped another superb performance from Shakhtar's all-time leading marksman, and left his side all but through.