Shakhtar Win Their First Ever European Title, in the Last Ever UEFA Cup Final

Ronaldo Assis de Moreira Analyst IIMay 21, 2009

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 20:   Razvan Rat of Shakhtar Donetsk collides with Torsten Frings of Werder Bremen during the UEFA Cup Final between Shakhtar Donetsk and Werder Bremen at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on May 20, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - Werder Bremen 1 (AET) (UEFA Cup final, May 20, 2009) (Extended highlights here.) After a bright start in Istanbul, it was Shakhtar who struck first after 25 minutes, Werder were slow to react at the back as Rat threaded a pass through to Luiz Adriano, who raced away down the middle before coolly clipping the ball over the advancing Tim Wiese.

Werder levelled thanks to a handling howler from Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov, who found Naldo’s powerful free-kick too hot to stop as the ball trickled over the line. (First half highlights here.)

After a far quieter second half which produced no goals the match moved to extra time, where Jadson converted a Darijo Srna cross from the right hand side to hand Shakhtar the lead for the second time. (Shakhtar’s trophy celebrations can be seen here.)


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