An extra time winner from Rodrigues Jadson ensured that Shakhtar Donetsk won the last ever Uefa Cup final.
Jadson’s strike, in the 97th minute, saw them beat off the challenge of Werder Bremen 2 – 1.
The better side throughout, Shakhtar took the lead on 25 minutes when Luiz Adriano lifted a superb finish over Wiese after Werder’s defence failed to deal with a routine through ball. But the game was all-square by the interval after the German’s fashioned an equalizer with goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov diverting Ronaldo Naldo’s long-range free-kick into the net.
With neither side troubling the scorers in the second half, it meant the final went into extra-time, and within seven minutes of the restart, Jadson put Shakhtar back in front – and this time it was Werder keeper Wiese who was the cuplrit.
Jadson did not get a full contact on Darijo Srna’s cross, but it squirmed through the hands of Wiese, who had been outstanding up to that point.
There was almost one final twist when Sebatian Proedl’s header beat Pyatov, but referee Luis Medina Cantalejo ruled out the goal for a foul by Pizarro.
The win delighted the Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucesu who said:
It is bigger because it is the last and maybe we can keep the trophy. We don’t have to make a copy of it.
We have bigger aims. We now want to do things in the Champions League: Reach the quarterfinals, maybe the semi-finals.
It was important not to allow Werder to play to their style, we contolled the game and we created most of the chances.
I watched that last night and it was a great game. I tell you what that Shakhtar Donetsk is not a bad side, they play some really nice football.