Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

UEFA Cup Final Live!


Okay, so Shahktar Donetsk vs. Werder Bremen is no one's idea of a dream match-up for a European final but since we don't have that many matches left to the season, I'll be watching. Will you?

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Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams for today:

Werder Bremen: Wiese, Fritz, Prodl, Naldo, Boenisch, Niemeyer, Frings, Baumann, Ozil, Pizarro, Rosenberg. Subs: Vander, Pasanen, Tosic, Vranjes, Hunt, Tziolis, Harnik.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Chigrinsky, Rat, Lewandowski, Fernandinho, Ilsinho, Jadson, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Khudzamov, Duljaj, Gai, Gladkyy, Ischenko, Chyzhov, Moreno.

2:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Werder are distinctly under-strength today. Their Brazilian playmaker Diego is out as is much of their first string defense.

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ITV stream up through Atdhe.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're off!

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, Adriano should have scored there. The Brazilian triumvirate worked the chance well for him and Shakhtar should be 1-0 up.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fernandinho is certainly creating some havoc on the right side.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Baumann had a half chance there from about ten yards out and should have hit the target.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fritz did well to clear out there, but Shakhtar are looking positively explosive.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The crowd, which seems to be mostly Ukrainians over from the Sevastopol ferry, are whistling the negative Germans already.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was a bizarre corner from Shakhtar. And Naldo seems to have picked up a knock.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

William hacks Fritz and the Shakhtar man gets a bollocking from the ref. No card, though.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bremen have re-invigorated Claudio Pizarro's career. He's scored 28 goals for them this year after a useless time at Chelski.

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fifteen minutes gone now. It's been reasonably bright and entertaining, but no goals as yet.

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Werder are pressing a bit more now and have found their rhythm after weathering the first period of attack. Shakhtar for some reason are playing them very deep at the back.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very scrappy play here. A furious pace for the past few minutes, very much like a Premiership match.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Shakhtar have the lead through Luis Adriano. He was put through brilliantly and just flicked the ball up and over the keeper.

1-0 Shakhtar!

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, Adriano could have scored again. Should have a hat-trick at this point.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour in now. It's hard to see Werder out-scoring this lot. Shakhtar's defense anchored by my boy Radovan Rat seem more than capable of handling the static Pizarro.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Awkward landing there for Luiz Adriano and he looks in trouble. Shoulder problems.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Luiz Adriano's back on and looks okay to continue.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Werder have a useful free kick opportunity here.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! I spoke too soon. It's another Brazilian - Naldo - with a rocket that the Shakhtar keeper found too hot to handle. He's bobbled it right into the net somehow. What a howler!

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The game's well set up now. Much better than last year's pathetic performance by Rangers against Zenit.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fritz wins a corner. The momentum seems to have swung over to Werder for a moment. Will the keeper be able to bounce back from that horrible mistake?

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear, the keeper was in trouble again against Pizarro. What a nightmare!

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Five minutes left in the half. Now it's Shakhtar in a spot of bother.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great save from Weise from a rocket from Lewandowski!

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ilsinho nearly goes into the book. The ref has been patient and we've been rewarded with a flowing match.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just a minute to come. And finally the ref gives up on patience and books Torsten Frings.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm home now and we're into the second half. Still 1-1 in the 70th minute.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The commentators are complaining that the match has grown a bit pedestrian in the second half. So obviously I chose the right time to walk home.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And there's a cat on the pitch! Nice touch from the Istanbul crowd.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Inside the last ten minutes now. It smells like extra time to come for sure.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Fritz becomes the fourth player to go into the book tonight.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ilsinho has not been impressive tonight.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just about into stoppage time now.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear, that was a tight offside call there and the cross was finished off by Pizarro. On the replay, he was well off.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Regular time is up and we'll be back for extra time in a moment.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thirty minutes of extra time tedium to come here. It's the rare game that gets settled in extra time with teams not committing much forward.

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gladkyy did a nice job hitting one that bounced awkwardly but Weise did well again.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fritz limps off to be replaced by Pasenen.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Jadson latches onto a good cross but the keeper Wiese should have done better to get a stronger hand to that one.

2-1 Shakhtar!

4:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly at the half way mark in extra time.

4:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, Willian nearly killed off the match there, lobbing Wiese. As Bremen press for the equalizer, gaps will no doubt open up.

Half time of extra time.

4:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So fifteen minutes to go in this last UEFA Cup final and Shakhtar are looking to become the first Ukrainian side to win a European final.

4:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jadson's down on the floor now wasting time.

5:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, nearly the equalizer there from Baumann.

5:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Down to about five minutes now for Werder. Time's running out.

5:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nasty one there from Tziolis; he picks up the fifth yellow tonight.

5:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it! Shakhtar have won their first major trophy. Does it represent a swing in European footie toward the Eastern bloc? We'll have to see in the seasons to come.

5:14 PM  

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