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                                                    Shakhtar Donetsk
                                                    0-1
                                                    Juventus
                                                    own(Olexander Kucher) (56 mins)

                                                    UEFA Champions League Group E , Dec 5, 2012
                                                    Ground: Donbass Arena , Kickoff: 19:45 , Att 48,000

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                                                    Lucescu: We're going for win Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has pledged to go for victory against Juventus despite having already reached the Champions League knockout stages.

                                                    The Ukrainian champions have been among the most impressive sides in this year's competition, securing qualification from Group E with a game to spare.

                                                    They welcome second-placed Juve to the Donbass Arena, where defending European champions Chelsea will be hoping Shakhtar come out on top.

                                                    The Blues are third in the pool and their head-to-head record is inferior to both teams above them, meaning a draw would see Juventus join Shakhtar in the last 16 regardless of the result at Stamford Bridge.

                                                    A point, though, would not be enough for Lucescu, who wants to end the group stage in style.

                                                    "This represents a big exam for us, against a team with great tradition, history and players," Lucescu said at a press conference. "This is a game that transcends normal fixtures.

                                                    "Regardless of our qualification status, football is football, we're professionals and we'll take to the field with the desire to win.

                                                    "We're up against an incredibly strong side, who play a type of football I appreciate. They know our strengths and we know theirs.

                                                    "We're fully motivated and determined to show our hunger on the pitch." Shakhtar attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan echoed his manager's sentiments, adding: "We always take to the pitch in a great mood.

                                                    "Everyone thinks that we are already in the last 16, but we will take to the field to win. We are at home and our fans will support us." Shakhtar will be without Luiz Adriano after the striker received a one-match ban for his controversial goal against FC Nordsjaelland on matchday five.

                                                    Juventus will also be missing a key player as midfielder Claudio Marchisio serves his own one-match ban.

                                                    "The loss of Marchisio is a big blow for Juventus," Lucescu added. "Perhaps his absence will cause (Juve coach Antonio) Conte to make certain tactical changes." Veteran Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confessed to losing sleep over what he hesitantly referred to as the "third result".

                                                    A Chelsea win coupled with a Juve defeat in Donetsk would see the Bianconeri slip out of the top two and into the Europa League.

                                                    He said at a press conference: "Our biggest concern is that third result, the one we really don't want to think about. It's the trap that we fear falling into.

                                                    "We know how good Shakhtar are and we respect them. But they have already qualified and so they will possibly be a bit more relaxed.

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                                                    Last modified 22:04 05/12/12

                                                    Juve scrape through An own goal saw Juventus go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group E winners as they edged out Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 in Ukraine.

                                                    Olexander Kucher inadvertently turned Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross into his own net in the 56th minute, seeing Juve leapfrog Shakhtar at the top and rendering Chelsea's 6-1 thrashing of FC Nordsjaelland meaningless.

                                                    Both teams struck the post but Juventus could just about claim to be worthy winners as they had the better of the chances and ensured most of the game was played in Shakhtar territory.

                                                    Juventus started strongly, and produced all of the good chances in the first half.

                                                    Giorgio Chiellini's header was blocked by Olexander Kucher from an Andrea Pirlo free-kick, while shots from Sebastian Giovinco, Arturo Vidal and Pirlo all went wide as the Italian champions failed to make their possession count.

                                                    It was not until first-half stoppage time that Andrei Pyatov was called on to make a save, and he easily held Giovinco's effort from range.

                                                    Moments later, the ball fell to Paul Pogba from a corner but he blazed over the crossbar.

                                                    Shakhtar were better early in the second half as they began to pose a threat, with Yaroslav Rakitskiy trying his luck from range before firing in a dangerous free-kick that Gianluigi Buffon could only fist clear.

                                                    But Juventus still looked the more dangerous and Pirlo struck the post in the 53rd minute with a shot from the edge of the area as they continued to probe.

                                                    The goal was only minutes away but arrived in fortuitous circumstances as the unfortunate Kucher deflected the ball in under pressure.

                                                    Fernandinho blazed wide for Shakhtar before Juve went close again, a corner causing chaos as Leonardo Bonucci and Lichtsteiner had chances in quick succession.

                                                    But there was a nervous moment for the Italians moments later when Razvan Rat crossed for Ilsinho and his close-range effort struck the upright.

                                                    Juventus saw the game out comfortably after that, however, having further chances to score as Pogba and Vidal saw efforts blocked.

                                                    Mirko Vucinic headed wide from a good position before Alessandro Matri missed the target with an effort from long range.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    Shakhtar DonetskRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    30 Andrei Pyatov
                                                    33 Darijo Srna
                                                    5 Olexander Kucher Own Goal
                                                    44 Yaroslav Rakitskiy
                                                    26 Razvan Rat
                                                    6 Taras Stepanenko
                                                    7 Luis Fernandinho
                                                    29 Santos Alex Teixeira(sub 64)
                                                    22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan
                                                    10 da Silva Willian
                                                    11 Da Silva Eduardo(sub 45)
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    32 Anton Kanibolotskiy
                                                    14 Vasili Kobin
                                                    18 Marko Devic(sub 45)
                                                    19 Oleksiy Gai
                                                    20 de Souza Douglas Costa
                                                    38 Sergiy Kryvtsov
                                                    77 Junior Ilsinho(sub 64)
                                                    JuventusRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Gianluigi Buffon
                                                    15 Andrea Barzagli
                                                    19 Leonardo Bonucci
                                                    3 Giorgio Chiellini
                                                    26 Stephan Lichtsteiner
                                                    23 Arturo Vidal
                                                    21 Andrea Pirlo
                                                    6 Paul Pogba
                                                    22 Kwadwo Asamoah
                                                    12 Sebastian Giovinco(sub 90)
                                                    9 Mirko Vucinic(sub 87)
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    30 Marco Storari
                                                    4 Martin Caceres
                                                    20 Simone Padoin
                                                    24 Emanuele Giaccherini(sub 90)
                                                    27 Fabio Quagliarella
                                                    32 Alessandro Matri(sub 87)
                                                    39 Luca Marrone

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