It took until November, but Shakhtar have finally lost their first competitive match of the season; to reigning Champions League holders Chelsea FC at the death. Captain Darijo Srna led his undefeated Ukrainian champions into Stamford Bridge Wednesday night knowing that another victory against Chelsea would put them into the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club competition. But it was a sixth minute error from Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov which led to the opening goal, as his botched clearance attempt deflected off a leaping Fernando Torres and into net for a 1-0 Chelsea lead.
However, it would only take Shakhtar three minutes to equalize as Willian one-timed from the center of the box to make it 1-1. Srna and his defense kept Chelsea at bay for the remainder of the first half, but yet another questionable play by Pyatov gave Chelsea the lead going into the break. Pyatov came 25 yards out of net to head away a cross-field pass only to have the ball land to Oscar, who slammed home the ball from nearly half field.
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Shakhtar wouldn’t die though, as Srna found Willian with a sharp pass from outside the box in the the 47th minute to make it 2-2. With Shakhtar looking good to escape London with a draw, Moses headed home a 94th minute injury time corner kick to take a vital three points in Champions League group E. Eduardo remained on the bench as an unused substitute in this match. Shakhtar are still in good shape to go through as they host Juventus and travel to Nordsjaelland.
In other Champions League news on the night, Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandžukić was left off the squad in their 6-1 thrashing of Lille while Nordsjaelland defender Ivan Runje played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 loss to Italian champions Juventus.