Shakhtar 1 Manchester Utd 1
Both Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester United had emerged victorious from their opening matches in Champions League Group A and the tie in Donetsk was wide open. David Moyes´s men entered the encounter on the back of a surprise 2-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, whereas Shakhtar Donetsk had managed a 2-2 draw against local rivals Metalurh Donetsk at Metalurh Stadium. Manchester United had to make do without Oliveira Anderson, Rio Ferdinand, Fabio da Silva, and Wilfred Zaha, but Robin van Persie was ready for first team action again after injury. In front of a 52,000 strong capacity crowd at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Manchester United went into an early 1-0 lead after eighteen minutes of action when a low cross from Belgian defender Marouane Fellaini ended up at the feet of Danny Welbeck who scored from six yards. Twenty-one minutes into the second period, Moyes made a substitution when he replaced Fellaini with Ryan Giggs, which made him the new record holder for the most appearances in the Champions League with 145 outings. Then, with as little as fourteen minutes left on Czech referee Pavel Kralovec´s watch, Freda Taison hit the equalising goal for the Ukrainian Champions when the Brazilian midfielder delivered a devastating effort into the back of the net from inside the area to make the scoreboard read 1-1. The flow of the contest continued to bounce back and forth, but no more goals materialised, and the group stage match ended with one goal each. Shakhtar Donetsk Team: Andrey Pyatov, Tomas Hubschmann, Oleksandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakytskyy, Vyacheslas Shevchuk, Darijo Srna, Douglas Costa, Fernando, Alex Teixeira, Luiz Adriano, Taison. Substitutes: Anton Kanibolotskiy, Ilsinho, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Taras Stepanenko, Bernard, Eduardo, Facundo Ferreyra. Manchester United Team: David De Gea, Rafael, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck. Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Shinji Kagawa, Nani, Javier Hernandez.