Shakhtar Donetsk wins UEFA Cup
After snatching a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen
Shakhtar Donetsk has clinched its first European soccer title after snatching a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup final, Press TV reported.
The Ukrainian side took the lead through Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano when he scored the opener after 25 minutes at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday.
An error by Shakhtar`s goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov allowed Werder center-back Naldo to level matters in the 35th minute.
However, Brazilian midfielder Jadson`s 15-yard shot slipped through the grasp of the Germans` goalie Tim Wiese in the 97th minute to make it 2-1.
"We created the better chances and deserved to win," Shakhtar`s Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu said.
"It was important for us not to allow Bremen to play their game and get the ball into our penalty area, and I think we succeeded. We exercised control and created a lot of chances in the first half but unfortunately only scored once."
Werder Bremen manager, Thomas Schaaf, said his men weren`t able to play their usual football.
"We weren`t able to play our usual football, we didn`t put enough pressure on our opponents," said.
"We gave them too much space and lost too many balls. I congratulate Shakhtar, they were the best team on the night."
This is the first time a team from Ukraine lifted a European trophy since the break-up of the Soviet Union.