Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United

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  • Shakhtar Donetsk 1
  • Manchester United 1
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  • Time 4:45 AM AEST 3 October 2013
  • League UEFA Champions League
  • Round Group stage
  • Venue Donbass Arena
  • Attendance 51,555

Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar D SHD

Manchester United

Man Utd MNU
Goal Scorers
  • Taison
    • 76minutes
Goal Scorers
  • D. Welbeck
    • 18minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 1
3 Oct 2013 - 8:20am

Group A: Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Manchester United 1

David Moyes was denied a morale-boosting UEFA Champions League win in Donetsk - but still left the Donbass Arena as the first manager of an English team to nick a point from a trip to Shakhtar in this competition.
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PA Sport
3 Oct 2013 - 7:04 AM  UPDATED 3 Oct 2013 - 8:20 AM

Moyes can do with all the little snippets of posivitity he can lay his hands on just now.

And, with Arsenal (twice), Tottenham Hotspur and, last season, Chelsea all beaten here, Moyes can look back with some satisfaction on a result which consolidates a decent start to Group A.

Yet the Scot may also lament the fact his side got within 15 minutes of what would have been an impressive victory.

Scorer of United's last away goal in the competition, against Real Madrid, Danny Welbeck was on the mark again, steering home after Yaroslav Rakitskiy had made a hash of clearing Marouane Fellaini's low cross.

It was Welbeck's third goal of the campaign, one more than he managed in the whole of last season, and for a good while afterwards seemed set to prove the difference.

But Shakhtar continued to press and when Taison thrashed home an impressive effort, United needed all its battling qualities to gain the draw its industry deserved.

Beleaguered on the home front, confident in foreign lands.

If Moyes has had his struggles trying to work out the merits of his
United players, the club's supporters are equally baffled as to the
balance of the season as a whole.

Currently in the wrong half of the Premier League table after three
defeats in its opening six games, its worst start since 1989, the
backdrop to a trip to Donetsk was as bleak as the weather in this mining city.

Until Juventus came to the Donbass Arena and won in December,
Shakhtar had pieced together an impressive 49-game unbeaten run on home
soil.

So, after the 10 days he has endured, to reach half-time a goal up
and with his defence holding reasonably firm, Moyes had every right to
regard it as some kind of success.

United was more impressive for the fact Wayne Rooney was missing
after suffering a shin injury in training before he had even left
England which had swollen up overnight.

The visitor was not entirely perfect.

Tom Cleverley got away with a sliding penalty area challenge on Alex
Teixeira which got the faintest of touches to the Shakhtar man, but
enough to offer the opportunity of an exaggerated fall, looking for a
penalty.

Thankfully for Cleverley, referee Pavel Kralovec was unsympathetic to Teixeira's plea.

Robin van Persie curled over after a neat control and turn onto Cleverley's pass before Welbeck put the visitor ahead.

Yaroslav Rakitskiy will not look back on the goal with any fondness,
virtually teeing Welbeck up as he tried to intercept Fellaini's cross.

The England striker needed no second invitation though and drilled his first-time finish into the bottom corner.

Shakhtar dominated possession for long periods thereafter.

However, Nemanja Vidic had one of those nights which confirms his status as a central component of Moyes's squad.

Always in the right place to make a block or decisive intervention,
the Serbia star's defensive instincts are such that any concerns about his
dodgy knees will surely be overlooked when discussions begin over an
extension to the contract which expires at the end of the season.

Taison did get past Rafael to fizz a low cross into the area which
David de Gea, one of only two survivors from last weekend's home defeat by
West Bromwich Albion, got down bravely to smother.

It was also Taison who belted a free-kick into the wall after Vidic had been booked for upending Luiz Adriano.

The introduction of Ryan Giggs for a record 145th Champions League
appearance - including qualifiers - was supposed to shore United's
defence up for the final assault.

Instead, it was followed within minutes by Shakhtar's equaliser as
Vidic could only turn Rakitskiy's cross into the path of Taison, who
blasted home.

United creaked a couple of times after that. But it was never in serious danger of being overhauled.

Match Commentary

minute code event
90 SI Substitute in P. Jones of Manchester United
90 SO Substitute out D. Welbeck of Manchester United
90 SI Substitute in Bernard of Shakhtar Donetsk
90 SO Substitute out Taison of Shakhtar Donetsk
90 COMMENT D. Welbeck is done for the day. P. Jones is his replacement.
90 COMMENT Taison is replaced with Bernard.
90 COMMENT Van Persie swings in a corner and the Shakhtar keeper punches the ball for no discernible reason, though the danger is cleared. We'll have two minutes of injury time.
89 SI Substitute in F. Ferreyra of Shakhtar Donetsk
89 SO Substitute out Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk
89 COMMENT F. Ferreyra enters the game and replaces Luiz Adriano.
88 COMMENT Two minutes left now, and United are sensing they can nick this one one the break. Shakhtar make a double change to try and win it.
85 COMMENT Great stop by De Gea! Adriano holds the ball up and can't force a way through, so he sets up Srna on the wing, who slams a ball across goal. The ball hits Smalling and skips up, and the keeper has to be alert to tip the ball over the bar from close range.
84 SO Substitute out Fernando of Shakhtar Donetsk
84 SI Substitute in Ilsinho of Shakhtar Donetsk
84 COMMENT Fernando is done for the day. Ilsinho is his replacement.
82 COMMENT It's all getting a bit ragged as United plunge after the ball to try and stop Shakhtar from making headway, with Rafael the latest to give away a free kick. The visitors are defending very deep now.
79 COMMENT Can United hold on for a point now? The momentum is definitely with Shakhtar and the crowd is making so much noise - I think David Moyes would settle for the draw at this rate.
76 G GOAL (Shakhtar Donetsk): Scored by Taison
76 COMMENT TAISON LEVELS IT UP!!! The hosts probably deserve that goal as the Brazilian finishes with aplomb high into De Gea's net from 10 yards as United fail to clear a cross from the left wing. An unstoppable strike, and the hosts could win this one now.
72 COMMENT Less than 20 minutes remaining and Shakhtar are yet to make a substitution - it's surprising considering the hosts have failed to really trouble United in the second half.
69 COMMENT So close for Van Persie here as he waits for a Rafael cut-back to fall onto his left foot before shooting low back across goal to the bottom let-hand corner of the net - but Rakitskyy makes a vital block to prevent a second killer goal.
66 SI Substitute in R. Giggs of Manchester United
66 SO Substitute out M. Fellaini of Manchester United
66 COMMENT M. Fellaini is done for the day. R. Giggs is his replacement.
65 COMMENT Fellaini is off, and Ryan Giggs makes his 145th apearance in the Champions League - beating Raul's record to become the all-time leader in the appearance rankings. What a night for the Welshman.
64 YC Yellow card awarded to N. Vidić of Manchester United
64 COMMENT N. Vidi? goes into the referee's book.
63 COMMENT Now Vidic picks up a booking for dragging down Douglas Costa after the midfielder wriggles away from him. A clumsy one, that - and Shakhtar have a free kick in a great position 25 yards out...
61 YC Yellow card awarded to M. Fellaini of Manchester United
61 COMMENT M. Fellaini is cautioned by the referee.
61 COMMENT Fellaini is a little unlucky to be booked here as it looks as though Valencia is the guilty party with an initial sliding tackle on a Shakhtar player, but the Belgian has given away three or four fouls tonight - the yellow card was inevitable.
59 COMMENT United fans may even afford themselves a little chuckle right now, as rivals Manchester City have just gone 3-0 down at home to Champions League holders Bayern Munich. That said, there's over 30 minutes left here tonight.
56 COMMENT Great work by Vidic again as he gets out quickly to block the ball away before Adriano can get a shot away from 14 yards. The centre-back is having a stormer tonight.
54 COMMENT Anders Lindegaard is warming up after De Gea took that knock, but the Spaniard should be fine to continue. Not yet Anders, not yet...
52 COMMENT Shakhtar are pressing United much higher up the pitch in this second half and are having more joy in retaining possession - and almost level things with Shevchuk's teasing ball from the left being bravely claimed by De Gea, who takes a whack in the process. Great goalkeeping.
50 COMMENT Smalling gives away a soft free kick 35 yards from goal and Rakytskyy lines up a blast from distance...but it sails wide of the goal. Not a bad effort, just not right this time.
48 COMMENT Shakhtar are back on United's case, but Vidic has shut down two moves in quick succession. Top work from the Serbian.
46 COMMENT Ooh, Van Persie is so close to a tap-in here as Pyatov takes a chance passing the ball across the face of his goal with the Dutchman lurking. The striker lunges a toe at it but can't connect - risky business.
45 COMMENT We're back underway at the Donbass Arena - how will United shape up to defend this lead for 45 minutes? Knowing Moyes it may very well be a case of caution then countering.
43 COMMENT Smalling almost gets caught here at the back with Adriano lurking as he leaves the ball, but De Gea gathers it up. This has been a great half from United, and it'd be a disaster to concede a soft goal late on.
41 COMMENT Just a few minutes until half-time now, and the home crowd are in fine voice again despite trailing 1-0. How they'd love an equaliser before the whistle...
38 COMMENT Teixeira weaves his way to goal from the right and opens his body up to shoot, but his curled effort from 20 yards is far too weak and straight at De Gea - no problems there for the Spanish keeper. Disappointing from such a talented player.
37 COMMENT Van Persie shows his undoubted class by turning defenders inside out in the box before winning a corner. He fires it in, and United go close to a second as the ball glances across goal to the back post, but the visitors can't make the chance count in the end.
36 COMMENT Douglas Costa is scheming around the attacking midfield areas but is struggling to get into the game, as he's being crowded out at the earliest opportunities - really good defensive work from United.
33 COMMENT The hosts still press, and Fellaini gives away a free kick now for an apparent handball, despite it clearly hitting his chest. Shakhtar can't make United pay though, as once again their end product is disappointing.
30 COMMENT United's use of the ball and intercepting in midfield is quieiting the crowd down a little now, which is a big bonus playing in a ground like this. They're looking much more assured than in previous games this season.
28 COMMENT Tom Cleverley has had a good game so far for United - he's been quick to intercept Shakhtar moves and has been very competent in his distribution, giving United the composure they sorely lacked against West Brom.
26 COMMENT It's now the hosts who are doing all the pressing, but they're lacking quality in the final ball to really stretch United - Vidic and Smalling look comfortable dealing with the crosses at the moment.
23 COMMENT David Moyes will be pleased with proceedings so far - Shakhtar have looked sharp, but United are confident in possession and are a goal to the good. A textbook European performance from United so far...
20 COMMENT Shakhtar haven't been hit too hard by that United goal as they put the pressure on the left flank once more to win a corner. United only half-clear the ball before Teixeira wastefully blasts high over the bar from 20 yards.
18 G GOAL (Manchester United): Scored by D. Welbeck
18 COMMENT WELBECK SCORES!!! It's a predatory finish from the United striker as Valencia and Fellaini combine on the right wing, with the Belgian holding the ball up and beating his man before firing in a low cross. A slip from a Shakhtar defender leaves the ball in no man's land on the edge of the six-yard li
15 COMMENT Replays show Cleverley did catch Teixeira with a sliding tackle, but it's unclear whether it was a foul, or whether the Shakhtar player left out a leg to be caught. It could have gone either way to be honest.
13 COMMENT The hosts are looking dangerous now as Costa goes on a great run down the left wing, but can't find Adriano in the centre. Cleverley then catches Teixeira in the box from the following corner, but the referee waves away calls for a spot kick. Controversial...
10 COMMENT Shakhtar spark into life for the first time here as the hosts break forward in numbers, but Vidic and co. crowd them out in the United area. The ball falls to Srna on the right wing, but his cross is poor and evades his team mates.
8 COMMENT Van Persie goes close! The ball floats over the top and Van Persie finds himself in behind and onside. He controls, cuts back onto his left foot and tries to bend the ball in the top corner from 20 yards, but finishes well over the bar. He should do better from there, but it was good movement noneth
7 COMMENT Patrice Evra - rested at the weekend - gets down the left wing well and crosses low, but the ball is cleared before it reaches Van Persie. United are seeing a lot of the ball early on, which will please Moyes.
4 COMMENT Van Persie stands over a corner now, but hois low curled cross is weak and cleared easily. The Dutchman's presence is a huge bonus with the in-form Rooney out injured once again.
3 COMMENT It's been a cautious start from both sides as they feel their way into the game, with United under little pressure in their own half. The Shakhtar fans are furiously whistling every time the visitors are on the ball though - the hostile atmosphere will be a test for the younger players.
1 COMMENT We're underway! A confident result would send out a message of intent from Moyes, who has made big changes to his side tonight - but another defeat would ensure more nightmare headlines though.
0 COMMENT The teams are out now, and the hosts greet both teams with a fantastic 'Donetsk' mural across the crowd. The 600 or so Manchester United fans are up in the heavens segregated away from the home fans - it may be a lonely night if Moyes' men keep up their recent form.
0 COMMENT Teixeira will be a big threat for the hosts tonight - he nabbed both strikes in the 2-0 win against Real Sociedad two weeks ago, and will surely fancy his chances against a brittle United side of late.
0 COMMENT There's a return for Rafael to the side, while Chris Smalling starts alongside Nemanja Vidic with Rio Ferdinand injured (or left at home, depending on your take on his form).
0 COMMENT The big news for United is that Wayne Rooney misses out through injury, after failing to overcome a shin injury today, meaning the returning Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck will lead the line for the visitors.
0 COMMENT Shakhtar subs: Kanibolotskiy, Krivtsov, Stepanenko, Bernard, Ilsinho, Eduardo, Ferreira.
0 COMMENT Man Utd subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Giggs, Nani, Young, Kagawa, Hernandez.
0 COMMENT Shakhtar starting XI: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Fernando, Hubschman, Douglas Costa, Teixeira, Taison; Adriano.
0 COMMENT Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Cleverley; Welbeck, Van Persie.
0 COMMENT Good evening - I'm Tom J Doyle (@TomJDoyle), and welcome to the LIVE commentary of Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United at the Donbass Arena. It's a big night for David Moyes, who is facing increasing scrutiny after a shock Premier League loss to West Brom on Sunday - and tonight won't exactly be a
0 COMMENT That's it from me - I've been Tom J Doyle, and thanks for joining us tonight. United depart Donetsk with a point, and David Moyes can maybe even afford to smile just a little. Bye for now.
0 COMMENT United now have four points from their opening two Champions League games, and while it's not perfect, it's certainly a lot better than their league form. Tougher fixtures await, but a battling draw in Donetsk is a good result at any stage of the season.
0 COMMENT That's it! Shakhtar fought back and got the equaliser to deny Manchester United a valuable away win, though in truth a draw is probably a fair result. Moyes may be disappointed given that the Red Devils held on for a long time with little threat to Welbeck's opener, yet Taison's fine finish shares t
0 COMMENT It'll be interesting to see if Mircea Lucescu changes things up from the restart - he says Moyes' early problems have been down to too much tinkering with his starting XI, so whether the Shakhtar boss puts faith in his own will be intriguing.
0 COMMENT That's the interval, and David Moyes will be pleased with Manchester United's first-half display to lead 1-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk. They've been solid at the back in the face of sustained pressure, while Danny Welbeck took his chance really well to open the scoring. Nemanja Vidic and Tom Cleverle

Match Statistics

Shakhtar DonetskSHD

56
59
6
40
9
16
1
2
0
2
5
2
23
0
Possession (%) 56
Attacks 59
Corners 6
Dangerous Attacks 40
Fouls 9
Free Kicks 16
Goals 1
Goal Kicks 2
Offsides 0
Shots Blocked 2
Shots on Target 5
Shots Wide 2
Throw Ins 23
Yellow Cards 0

Manchester UnitedMNU

44
36
3
22
17
11
1
6
1
0
2
2
20
2