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Late goals change tie

Posted on 19 February 2009  - 12:00

Two late goals from Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of our UEFA Cup last 32 tie leave us with a tall order at White Hart Lane when the Ukrainian side visit London for the second leg next Thursday.

Late goals change tie

Two late goals from Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of our UEFA Cup last 32 tie leave us with a tall order at White Hart Lane when the Ukrainian side visit London for the second leg next Thursday.

After seemingly weathering the storm and establishing a foothold in the game after an hour or so of home pressure, goals in the 78th and 88th minutes sparked celebrations among home fans watching their team in their first outing following the winter break.

Harry Redknapp made nine changes to the side that drew with Arsenal last time out with only Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas surviving thanks in main to a combination of injury and ineligibility. Dean Parrett stepped up from the Under-18s to make his debut in midfield.

There was a minor scare for the unfamiliar starting XI on four minutes when the ball struck Parrett and fell favourably in the area for Jadson, who thankfully did not connect cleanly and scuffed his effort across the face of goal.

Shakhtar continued to have the better of the opening exchanges over the next 10 minutes on a pitch that looked like it had been marked out for a Gridiron fixture.

The game was ebbing but certainly not flowing, although Giovani began to move around to good effect, while there was some wayward finishing from the home side. Parrett was neat and composed in his work, looking a confident figure in his No.52 jersey, playing to the right of the central three, with David Bentley outside of him.

A clever dinked ball from Parrett gave Giovani an outside chance with a dash to the left of the area, with the Mexican international managing to squeeze in a powerful shot, but only rattling the side netting of Andriy Pyatov's goal.

Despite Shaktars's territorial advantage, Heurelho Gomes had to be alert for the first time in a good while two minutes before the break when Willian took aim from 20-odd yards, with the goalkeeper assured in his handling of the speculative effort.

It looked like it would be a case of digging in and muddling through to half-time and the whistle duly sounded with the scoreboard unaltered.

The opening moments of the second half passed with an alarm when Ilsinho picked out Willian inside the area and presented him with a clear shooting chance. He did shoot, but dragged across goal and Pascal Chimbonda was on hand to eventually divert the danger.

At the other end Jenas sped clear to latch onto a Giovani throughball before being bundled off the ball by Mykola Ischenko.

The momentum began to swing to the team in white, with passages of impressive passing and possession as a little bit of the first half zest deserted the home team.

On 68 minutes Darren Bent was introduced in place of Giovani, with Fraizer Campbell pushed out to wide right, Bentley switching left. Parrett was the recipient of the next opening when the ball fell in his path inside the area, but Pyatov was quick off his line to close down the angle.

Shakhtar made the breakthrough at the other end on 78 minutes when a set piece was flighted into the area and the substitute Yevgen Seleznov beat the lunging Gomes to the ball with his first touch. Gomes took a blow to the head and received lengthy treatment afterwards.

The goal re-energised Shakhtar, not to mention the crowd - complete with orange flags and a Mexican wave - and the advantage was doubled with three minutes remaining when Willian picked out Jadson, who was able to steer past Gomes.

John Bostock took over from Parrett in midfield for the final moments, the latter having delivered a promising performance that would suggest many first team outings ahead in the future.