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September 19, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Donbass Arena — Donets'k
Referee:‬ P. Gil‎
Attendance:‬ 45816‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 FC Nordsjaelland

Mircea Lucescu's side used their greater experience to earn a solid victory over the Champions League newcomers from Denmark

By Greg MacGregor

  • Andriy Pyatov
    2
    3
    3.00

    Andriy Pyatov

    Did not have too much to do, but when called upon made the routine saves he needed to. Flapped at one John free-kick.

  • Olexandr Kucher
    1
    4
    3.00

    Olexandr Kucher

    Solid if unspectacular defensive performance, though squandered possession several times in the first-half.

  • R. Raţ
    2
    4
    2.50

    R. Raţ

    Caught out positionally early on but grew in stature as the game went on, and was largely untroubled in the second-half.

  • Darijo Srna
    9
    2
    3.00

    Darijo Srna

    Charged forward well from the right-back position, but wasted several good crossing opportunities. His battle with John on the flank was a highlight of the match.

  • Yaroslav Rakytskyy
    7
    2
    3.50

    Yaroslav Rakytskyy

    Imposing physical performance. Threw his weight around with authority to help Shakhtar repel the Danes.

  • Tomas Hubschmann
    4
    2
    3.50

    Tomas Hubschmann

    A hustling, bustling performance in the middle of the pitch, covering his fellow midfielders' forays forward. Won possession countless times.

  • Fernandinho
    13
    1
    4.00

    Fernandinho

    Several fiery tackles in the middle got his team moving forward, and when that failed his inventive passing had the same effect. Got forward into dangerous areas and dictated the play from the centre.

  • Willian
    5
    4
    3.00

    Willian

    Had a headed chance in the first half on 17 mins. Got better as the match progressed. Proved a real threat in the second-half. Substituted for Douglas Costa.

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    45
    5
    4.50

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan Top of the Match

    Linked up with Fernandinho well, broke into dangerous areas constantly, and continued his scoring spree with a near post finish before pouncing on a rebound. Man of the match, Nordsjaelland couldn't cope with his clever movement.

  • Ilsinho
    5
    2
    2.50

    Ilsinho

    Put in several decent crosses and showed lovely footwork at times. Did not have enough of the ball to make a big impact.

  • Luiz Adriano
    9
    2
    3.50

    Luiz Adriano

    Missed a good chance on five minutes, then picked up a yellow card for simulation, but his run into the channel to find space to cross led to the crucial opening goal.

Substitutions

  • Douglas Costa
    11
    2
    3.00

    Douglas Costa

    Made one notable run on goal, but should have passed the ball rather than hold on to possession.

  • Alex Teixeira
    3
    3
    2.50

    Alex Teixeira

    Missed a relatively easy chance at 2-0.

  • Marko Devic
    6
    2
    3.00

    Marko Devic

    Did not have long to make an impact and no chances came his way.

  • Jesper Hansen
    10
    5
    2.00

    Jesper Hansen

    Received a soft yellow card for telling the referee to book Luiz Adriano, while his kicking occasionally landed his side in trouble.

  • Jores Okore
    11
    4
    2.50

    Jores Okore

    Defensively sound, though caught out for the second goal. Was not able to cope with Mikhitaryan's movement at times.

  • Patrick Mtiliga
    3
    3
    2.50

    Patrick Mtiliga

    The left-back received good cover from John and protected his flank well, although was caught in a bad position for the first goal.

  • Michael Parkhurst
    8
    1
    3.00

    Michael Parkhurst

    Took the ball forward well at times and had to do a lot of chasing in midfield.

  • Ivan Runje
    8
    4
    3.00

    Ivan Runje

    Thunderous in the challenge but was let down by his fellow defenders, as the nimble Shakhtar forwards made hay on the counter-attack.

  • Enock Kofi Adu
    5
    3
    2.50

    Enock Kofi Adu

    Faced a difficult task all night in trying to quell Shakhtar's fleet-footed breaking midfielders. Not effective enough.

  • Nikolai Stokholm
    6
    2
    3.00

    Nikolai Stokholm

    Broke from midfield well and had one decent long-range strike on the Shakhtar goal that went straight down the keeper's throat.

  • Mikkel Beckmann
    5
    7
    2.00

    Mikkel Beckmann Flop of the Match

    Was left isolated up front for most of the game, and did little with the ball on the few occasions that he got possession in decent areas. Largely anonymous.

  • Søren Christensen
    4
    2
    2.50

    Søren Christensen

    Did not see much of the ball, though tidy in possession in the first-half. Was substituted on 60 minutes.

  • K. Lorentzen
    3
    3
    2.50

    K. Lorentzen

    Had one early chance and stopped Rat from advancing, but failed to provide enough of a threat to the Shakhtar goal and was substituted near the end.

  • Joshua John
    10
    2
    3.50

    Joshua John

    His set pieces failed to pressure the opposition defence enough, though one free-kick almost resulted in a goal. Took the ball forward well, provided cover on the left, and gave a good account of himself.

Substitutions

  • Anders Christiansen
    6
    1
    2.50

    Anders Christiansen

    Came on for his namesake for the last half an hour but failed to affect the game.

  • Andreas Laudrup
    7
    1
    2.50

    Andreas Laudrup

    A cameo appearance for Michael Laudrup's son.

  • Morten Nordstrand
    4
    1
    2.50

    Morten Nordstrand

    Largely ineffective in attack when he came on.

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