[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Luiz Adriano overshadowed his team's progression in the Champions League with a dubious goal that enraged FC Nordsjaelland players and coaches in Shakhtar Dontesk’s 5-2 win at Copenhagen.
Adriano’s first goal tainted his hat trick on Tuesday, and Shakthar's progression from Group E. It came in the 26th minute by stealing his teammate's pass back to the Nordsjaelland keeper, from a drop-ball after an injury, and tied the game at 1-1. Chaos ensued.
"I don't know if Shakhtar are bandits, but some of their players, bosses and coaches are without morals," Nordsjaelland coach Kasper Hjulmand said.
A few visiting players appeared to want to let FCN score, but Nordsjaelland took the lead again, without help, less than three minutes later. "We wanted to let them score, there was big confusion in the team ...” Shakthar’s coach Mircea Lucescu said, “... after 2-1 we started to play soccer. It's a pity that this happened. I'm sorry."
Midfielder Soren Christensen confronted Lucescu: "Some bad words were said – let us just say that we didn't agree.”
FCN’s captain Nicolai Stokholm said, "We thought that they would give us a goal. Half their team seemed to think so too but the other half didn't."
Here’s how it all started. Willian agrees to play the ball back, but his fellow Brazilian has other ideas…