Nordsjælland captain Nikolai Stokholm: “I looked down at my armband, and there’s something about respect – it has to be said we didn’t see much of that.”
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu: “My team was the better tonight! Shakhtar should have won 10-2! I apologize for the goal! I talked to Luiz Adriano and he told me he’s a striker, he had the natural instinct to score.”
Sadly, for all the wrong reasons, Shakhtar Donetsk’s first equaliser at Nordsjælland in the Champions League Group E game on Tuesday night is likely to be remembered for many years to come.
A drop ball was given in the Shakhtar half and Willian booted the ball forward, seemingly for Nordsjælland to resume the game.
Only, Luiz Adriano hadn’t read the memo and proceeded to round the keeper and roll the ball into an empty net just two minutes after the Danish side had taken the lead.
The Brazilian striker ran back to the centre circle with a look of innocence on his face and despite suggestions, Shakhtar did not allow Nordsjælland to regain the advantage just two minutes later.
Luiz Adriano took on legendary villain status by scoring two more goals for a personal hat-trick in the second half and Shakhtar, who are one of the dark horses in the Champions League this season, will have lost a lot of sympathy from neutrals everywhere.