Luiz Adriano prompted widespread condemnation and cacophonous boos from
the Nordsjaelland crowd after scoring one of the most controversial
goals the Champions League has seen, netting after an injury to an
opponent, as Shakhtar Donetsk reached the last 16 on Tuesday.
Brazilian bagged a hat-trick in the 5-2 Group E win in the Danish
capital but the game turned on an unsavoury episode after 26 minutes.
unaware that his team mate Willian was attempting to play the ball back
to Nordsjaelland's goalkeeper after Morten Nordstrand had received
treatment, Adriano pounced on the pass to slot home and make it 1-1.
"Their attacker didn't get it," Nordsjaelland captain Nicolai Stokholm told reporters.
"I looked down at my armband, and there's something about respect - it has to be said we didn't see much of that.
"We thought that they would give us a goal. Half their team seemed to think so too, but the other half didn't."
Adriano's effort, which cancelled out Nordstrand's deft volleyed opener
for the Danes, led to an angry reaction from the Nordsjaelland players
and was greeted with jeers and whistles from the incredulous home crowd.
thoughts the Danes might have had of being allowed to score unopposed
were soon dashed as Taras Stepanenko dispossessed Nicolai Stokholm as he
advanced on goal from the ensuing kick-off.
hope my boy was in bed by the time Shakhtar scored a goal of that
character - that sort of thing doesn't belong anywhere," said
Nordsjaelland sporting director Jan Laursen, whose modest Danish
champions had been enjoying their first taste of elite European action
until Tuesday's incident.
by the goal, Nordsjaelland poured forward and snatched back the lead
when Kasper Lorentzen turned and rifled home in the 29th minute.
However, Ukraine's Shakhtar were the better side and went about the task of dismantling the Danish challenge.
playmaker Willian scored a brilliant brace either side of half-time,
including a stunning curled effort from the edge of the box, to put his
side in the driving seat.
Adriano added two more to complete his hat-trick before being replaced
in the 81st minute, with the boos of the home crowd ringing in his ears.
Shakhtar top the group on 10 points, one ahead of Juventus who beat Chelsea 3-0 in Turin.
being out of the race, Nordsjaelland can still play a part in deciding
who qualifies with the 2009 UEFA Cup winners as they face struggling
holders Chelsea in London in their final group game on December 5.
host Juve looking to wrap up top spot to rubberstamp their burgeoning
reputation as Champions League contenders despite the controversy in
Copenhagen, which could still lead to consequences if UEFA becomes
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