Shakhtar win their first ever European title, in the last ever UEFA Cup final

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Werder Bremen 1 (AET) (UEFA Cup final, May 20, 2009) (Extended highlights here.) After a bright start in Istanbul, it was Shakhtar who struck first after 25 minutes, Werder were slow to react at the back as Rat threaded a pass through to Luiz Adriano, who raced away down the middle before coolly clipping the ball over the advancing Tim Wiese. Werder levelled thanks to a handling howler from Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov, who found Naldo’s powerful free-kick too hot to stop as the ball trickled over the line. (First half highlights here.) After a far quieter second half which produced no goals the match moved to extra time, where Jadson converted a Darijo Srna cross from the right hand side to hand Shakhtar the lead for the second time. (Shakhtar’s trophy celebrations can be seen here.)


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