Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk wins final UEFA Cup
Jadson scored from about 12 yards in the seventh minute of extra time, and Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukraine beat Germany's Werder Bremen 2-1 Wednesday night to win the final UEFA Cup.
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ISTANBUL — Shakhtar Donetsk wants to keep the UEFA Cup, and perhaps it can.
Jadson scored from about 12 yards in the seventh minute of extra time, and the Ukrainian team beat Germany's Werder Bremen 2-1 Wednesday night to win the final edition of the tournament.
"It is bigger because it is the last, and maybe we can keep the trophy," Shakhtar coach Mirea Lucescu said. "We don't have to make a copy of it."
Luiz Adriano had put Shakhtar ahead in the 25th minute of regulation, but Naldo tied the score 10 minutes later. Goalkeeper Tim Wiese got to the shot by Jadson, among five Brazilians in Shakhtar's lineup, but let the ball slip over his own goal line.
The tournament, Europe's No. 2 club competition behind the Champions League, is being renamed the Europa League for next season. There were stretches of empty seats as the finalists struggled to sell their ticket allocations.
"We have bigger aims. We now want to do things in the Champions League: reach the quarterfinals, maybe the semifinals," Lucescu said.
Bremen was missing Brazilian playmaker Diego, suspended after a yellow card in the semifinal win over Hamburg. It also was without injured defender Per Mertesacker.
"We knew they were very fast, and we knew we had to deny them space but it didn't really work out," Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said. "We ceded time to our opponent and gave our opponent time to prepare its attacks."
Bremen defender Sebastian Proedl, starting only because of an injury to Per Mertesacker, failed to stop a pass by Razvan Rat's to Luiz Adriano, who cut inside and lifted a shot over Wiese.
Shakhtar created more openings during the next 10 minutes and goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov had little to do until Naldo sent a free kick over a defensive wall following a foul on Markus Rosenberg by Fernandinho.
The ball was firmly struck almost right at Pyatov and he got both hands to it, but inexplicably punched it straight into his own net.
"We weren't able to attack as much as we usually are able to do," Schaaf said. "Our ball control wasn't good enough."
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