Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Werder Bremen Highlights (AET)

May 21, 2009 | Filed Under: Euro Box 
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shakhtar-donetsk Rodrigues Jadson’s extra-time winner sank Werder Bremen and won Shakhtar Donetsk the Uefa Cup final. Luiz Adriano’s delicate finish put Shakhtar in front after 25 minutes. Werder equalised before the interval when Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov could only divert Ronaldo Naldo’s long-range free-kick into the net. And it was another goalkeeping error that gave Shakhtar victory in extra-time, when Tim Wiese allowed Jadson’s 97th-minute strike to squirm in.

Shakhtar deserved the victory in Istanbul, but Werder will reflect on the absence of inspirational forward Diego because of suspension. The Ukrainians opened with real intent and Adriano should have given them the lead after five minutes, only to shoot wide from Jadson’s superb through ball. The Brazilian made no mistake with his next opportunity, lifting a superb finish over Wiese after Werder’s defence failed to deal with a routine through ball.

But the Germans were gifted an equaliser 10 minutes before the break, courtesy of a catastrophic error from Shakhtar keeper Pyatov. Naldo’s free-kick was struck with great power, but Pyatov appeared to be caught in two minds and could only divert it into the net. Mariusz Lewandowski almost restored Shakhtar’s lead with a thunderous 25-yard drive that was brilliantly turned aside by Wiese.

The enterprise of the first half was not matched after the break, although Pyatov made amends for his earlier error with a fine save from Pizarro. It meant the final went into extra-time, and within seven minutes of the restart, Jadson put Shakhtar back in front – and this time it was Werder keeper Wiese who was the cuplrit. Jadson did not get a full contact on Darijo Srna’s cross, but it squirmed through the hands of Wiese, who had been outstanding up to that point.

Pizarro almost responded instantly after a breakdown in communication in the Shaktar defence, but Pyatov recovered to save with his legs. There was almost one final twist when Sebatian Proedl’s header beat Pyatov, but referee Luis Medina Cantalejo ruled out the goal for a foul by Pizarro.

An elated Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucesu said: “It is bigger because it is the last and maybe we can keep the trophy. We don’t have to make a copy of it.

We have bigger aims. We now want to do things in the Champions League: Reach the quarterfinals, maybe the semi-finals.

“It was important not to allow Werder to play to their style, we contolled the game and we created most of the chances.”

Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said: “We were just not fast enough and not just effective enough.

We weren’t able to play our usual football, we didn’t put enough pressure on our opponents.

We gave them too much space and lost too many balls. I congratulate Shakhtar, they were the best team on the night.”

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