Mkhitaryan earns Shakhtar victory

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice to give Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-0 win over FC Nordsjaelland and an ideal start to their Champions League campaign.

Last Updated: 19/09/12 at 21:53 Post Comment

Mkhitaryan: Celebrates one of his goals

Mkhitaryan: Celebrates one of his goals

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu had been determined that his team would not make the same mistakes in the competition as they did last term, when the Ukrainian champions managed only one win in their group to finish bottom.

They never recovered from losing their opening game against Porto before being held 1-1 by perceived minnows APOEL Nicosia, but this time made no mistake against the Danish champions, the team widely viewed as the weakest in Group E.

Mkhitaryan opened the scoring just before half-time and grabbed his second 15 minutes from time to ensure his side top the group after Chelsea and Juventus drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Clear chances were hard to come by in the first half, with midfielder Willian having the first meaningful attempt after 17 minutes with a header which was saved by Jesper Hansen.

At the other end, Nicolai Stokholm's long-range drive was parried by Andrei Pyatov as the visitors tried to upset the odds.

But after Hansen had saved a 12-yard shot from Mkhitaryan on 39 minutes, the goalkeeper was finally beaten shortly before the interval as the same player fired into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Hansen then pulled off a double save early in the second half to keep his side in the game, firstly blocking Darijo Srna's 20-yard volley and then reacting quickly to also keep out Tomas Hubschman's effort from closer range.

Ivan Runje then brought a save from Pyatov with a header from six yards at the other end, but Mkhitaryan was soon threatening again with a shot which Hansen parried away from danger.

Hansen also tipped over a 25-yard effort from Willian before his resistance was finally broken in the 76th minute as Mkhitaryan found enough space in the area to find the bottom corner again.

The visitors refused to throw in the towel but Hansen remained the busier goalkeeper in the closing stages, denying Marko Devic and Alex Teixeira as the home side looked to boost their goal difference.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 05 November 2014
19:45
Ajax 0-2 Barcelona Report
Ath Bilbao 0-2 FC Porto Report
Bay Munich 2-0 Roma Report
Man City 1-2 CSKA Mosc Report
Maribor 1-1 Chelsea Report
PSG 1-0 Apoel Nicosia Report
Shak Donetsk 5-0 BATE Borisov Report
Sporting 4-2 Schalke Report
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht Report
Basel 4-0 Ludogorets Report

Footer 365

Premier League: Tottenham's Christian Eriksen secures dramatic win at Hull

Christian Eriksen snatched a late winner as Tottenham fought back to claim a 2-1 victory over 10-man Hull.

Premier League: Crystal Palace come from behind to stun Liverpool

Liverpool endured another forgettable afternoon at Selhurst Park on Sunday as they were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino disagreed with Hull boss Steve Bruce on red card

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino disagreed with Hull boss Steve Bruce's opinion on Gaston Ramirez's red card.

Mail Box

Oh Arsenal. Why Oh Why Oh Effing Why?

We have plenty of fallout from Arsenal's latest display of outrageous incompetence, plus the question of why every team seems to be getting worse. Plus, another Garcia ghost goal...

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property