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Shakhtar Coach: Our Brazilians Deserve Recognition
Reuters, November 8th, 2012 1:11PM

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Only one team looked like the European Champion in London on Wednesday night, and it wasn’t Chelsea, says Reuters Mike Collett. Despite losing 3-2 thanks to a 94th minute header from Victor Moses, Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk played with a swagger, speed and intelligence that left an indelible impression on Stamford Bridge that this team has a right to not be afraid of anyone in the UEFA Champions League.

For long stretches of Wednesday’s clash, Chelsea looked second-best, as Shakhtar’s Brazilians Willian, Fernandinho, Luiz Adriano and Alex Texeira outshone Chelsea’s Brazilians Ramires, Oscar and David Luiz (although Oscar did score a truly fantastic goal). In the end, Chelsea had to rely on a pair of goalkeeping errors from Andriy Pyatov for its first two goals before scoring the winner from a corner deep into stoppage time. 

After the game, Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu lamented that his Brazilians have not been recognized by national team coach Mario Menezes. "It's a pity that our players are not recognized back in Brazil; Willian and Fernandinho are players of a very high level," Lucescu said. "For us Fernandinho is very important because he knows how to organize the game. Willian knows how to get in the spaces. And tonight he got the goals."

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