Champions League

Bernard brace leads Shakhtar to win at Feyenoord

2017-10-18 08:05
Bernard (Supplied)

Netherlands - Brazil winger Bernard scored twice Tuesday to lead 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk to a 2-1 victory at Feyenoord that solidified the Ukrainian team's grip on second place in Group F of the Champions League.

Shakhtar's second group stage win left Feyenoord without a point following three straight defeats while Manchester City stayed top of Group F thanks to a hard fought win over Napoli.

Bernard netted in the 24th and 54th minute to cancel out a 7th-minute strike by Steven Berghuis.

Feyenoord started strongly at a sold-out De Kuip stadium and Berghuis gave his team a deserved lead when he headed home a rebound after Andriy Pyatov had parried Jean-Paul Boetius' swerving shot.

The Dutch side eased off the pressure and allowed Shakhtar to find their rhythm which saw them get back into the match.

Bernard equalized after running onto a perfectly weighted pass by midfielder Fred and rounding goalkeeper Brad Jones before calmly slotting the ball into the empty net.

Feyenoord again started strongly in the second-half and Pyatov twice had to sprint off his line to deny Nicolai Jorgensen and then Sofyan Amrabat.

But while Feyenoord couldn't capitalize on its chances, Shakhtar was clinical, with Bernard appearing unmarked at the far post in the 54th to give his team the lead with a powerful header.

Shakhtar was reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes to go when Yaroslav Rakitskiy was sent off for his second yellow card for a foul on substitute Jens Toornstra.

Substitute Michiel Kramer came close to equalizing in extra time, but Pyatov pulled off another good save to block his header.


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