Shakhtar draw: On Brazilian influence
Juventus 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 1:Shakhtar Donetsk scored first and outplayed Juventus for long periods as they held the Italian titleholders to a draw last night. Shakhtars quartet of Brazilians had the Italians chasing shadows for much of this Group E tie where the goals came within three minutes of each other in the first half.
Alex Teixeira gave the Ukrainian champions a deserved lead in the 23rd minute when he fired the ball into the roof of the net after being set up by his fellow Brazilian Willian. Defender Leondaro Bonucci levelled out of the blue in the 25th minute when the the ball was laid back to him from a corner and he blasted an unstoppable first-time shot into the top corner.
Shakhtar, who almost won it in stoppage time when Willian hit the bar, have four points from two games, while Juventus have drawn both their opening matches. Shakhtar dominated the opening exchanges and should have been ahead before Teixeiras goal. Juventus were more aggressive in the second half, their best chance falling to Alessandro Matri but he turned the ball over the bar at the near post.