Europa League: Ezekiel Impressive, But Anderlecht Bow To Shakhtar

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Shakhtar Donetsk advanced to the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday after their 1-0 win against Anderlecht at the Stade Constant in Brussels. 

Super Eagles forward, Imoh Ezekiel was impressive in Anderlecht's efforts to claw back into the game as the Ukranians lead 3-1 on aggregate after the first leg last week although he was booked in the game before being substituted with 19 minutes left to play.

Ezekiel played a part in Anderlecht's disallowed goal in the 23rd minute of the game. The former Standard Liege striker attempted to dribble past his marker but the ball was cleared for corner. 

Anderlecht's Kara Mbodji scored from the resultant corner but referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz blew his whistle for a foul in the box.

Ezekiel in the 29th minute produced a lovely ball into the penalty area but a defender managed to intercept and comfortably averted the danger. 

A minute later Taison received a low pass just outside the box and unleashed a fine strike to the bottom left corner. Anderlecht goalkeeper Silvio Proto pulled off a reflexive save to block his effort.

Ezekiel was lucky not to get into the referee's book in the 40th minute after committing a foul on an opposing player. 

Ezekiel was yellow-carded in the 66th minute for a foul earlier but the referee had blown for an advantage to Shakhtar.  Five minutes later the Nigerian was substituted by Egypt's Trezeguet.

Shakhtar's Olexandr Kucher made a bad challenge towards the end of the game and received a second yellow card. Soon afterwards Anderlecht's Kara Mbodji got himself sent off too for a reckless challenge. 

Eduardo scored Shakhtar's goal with almost the last kick of the game through Brazilian striker Eduardo on the scoresheet who was set free in the area by Dentinho and fired past Silvio Proto.

It finished 1-0 on the night and 4-1 aggregate with Shakhtar Donetsk progressing to the quarter-finals stage. 

 

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