An extra-time goal from Brazilian midfielder Jadson earned Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup final in Istanbul on Wednesday to clinch the Ukrainian side's first European title.
Jadson's 15-yard shot slipped through the grasp of Werder goalkeeper Tim Wiese in the 97th minute after the teams had been locked 1-1 at the end of normal time. The Germans thought they had snatched an equaliser in the last minute of the additional period, only for on-loan Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro's bundled effort to be ruled out for a foul on Dmytro Chygrynskiy.
Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano had finished coolly to give Shakhtar the lead in the first half, before an error by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov allowed Werder centre-back Naldo to level. Shakhtar become the first team from Ukraine to lift a European trophy since the break-up of the USSR, while they will also be the last team to lift the UEFA Cup before its re-launch as the Europa League next season.
"It was important not to allow Werder to play to their style, we controlled the game and we created most of the chances," Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucesu told reporters after the game. "We weren't able to play our usual football, we didn't put enough pressure on our opponents," added Werder coach Thomas Schaaf. "We gave them too much space and lost too many balls. I congratulate Shakhtar, they were the best team on the night."
Lucescu's side settled first at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium and spurned the game's first clear opening when Adriano shot wide after being cleverly picked out on the cusp of the Werder area by Jadson. The Ukrainians, inspired by the inter-play of their five-man Brazilian contingent, then went ahead in the 25th minute when Adriano ran onto a loose pass and delicately lifted the ball over the advancing Wiese.
Bremen hang tough
Werder had overturned deficits against pre-tournament favourites AC Milan and local German rivals Hamburg earlier in the competition, and 10 minutes before the interval they drew level when Naldo's thumping 30-yard free-kick was tamely palmed into the net by Ukraine international Pyatov.
Wiese proved to be made of sterner stuff when he superbly touched away a stinging drive from Mariusz Lewandowski at full-stretch just before the break. The German shot-stopper also kept out a Jadson free-kick early in the second period as Shakhtar resumed their occupation of the Werder defensive third, the orange-shirted players zipping passes across the pitch with beguiling ease.
Werder missed the promptings of their suspended Brazilian playmaker Diego, but they were inches away from going in front when Pizarro's glanced header was repelled by a sprawling Pyatov. Wiese pushed away a long-range effort from Darijo Srna as Shakhtar began extra-time on the front foot and moments later they took a decisive lead when Jadson met Srna's centre with a low drive that crept beneath Wiese into the bottom-left corner.