Celtic in paradise after historic win
Chelsea took the lead through Fernando Torres after six minutes but were second best to the Ukraine champions for long periods. Torres profited from the first of two mistakes by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov when he charged a clearance down and the ball went straight into the net but Shakhtar were level three minutes later when Willian side-footed home from close range.
Chelsea, without the injured Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard and with John Terry on the bench, went 2-1 up five minutes from halftime when Oscar took advantage of another Pyatov error to score from long range, but the visitors were level again two minutes after the break when Willian planted the ball home after an excellent Shakhtar build-up.
Pyatov almost gifted Oscar another clearance and Tomas Hubschman brought down Torres for a free-kick which John Obi Mikel powered home from Mata’s cross. But the midfielder was rightly denied his first goal for five years by an offside flag. Chelsea, who were now on top, had genuine cause for complaint 16 minutes from time when a flying Ramires was convinced he had been bundled over in the box by Srna but referee Carlos Velasco Carballo was unmoved.
Teixeira was replaced by Ilsinho before Oscar was denied by a desperate Rat tackle and Mikel volleyed Pyatov’s punch narrowly wide. Moses came on for Oscar and Willian cleared Gary Cahill’s dangerous header as Chelsea poured forward but they were almost caught out on the break, leading Luiz was booking late on and nearly a winner for Henrik Mkhitaryan.
But in the 94th minute, Chelsea won a corner which an unmarked Moses nodded in seconds before the final whistle.
Late goals from substitute Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez earned Manchester United a place in the last 16 with a 3-1 comeback win at Braga. In a match interrupted for 10 minutes by floodlight failure, the hosts went ahead early in the second half through an Alan penalty kick.
United struck back when Van Persie came off the bench and punished a blunder by Braga keeper Beto, who inexplicably rushed out of his goal and was caught in no man's land. Rooney put United ahead from the penalty spot soon after and, with Braga in disarray, Hernandez made it 3-1 in injury time after a goal-mouth muddle.
Group H leaders United have 12 points from four games. Cluj and Galatasaray are on four points, with Braga on three.