Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Celtic 0: Celtic pay price for stuttering start of McManus

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Celtic suffered another away defeat in the Champions League at Shakhtar Donetsk last night. The Parkhead side conceded to Brandao's drive from the edge of the box in the fifth minute and again three minutes later from a Cristiano Lucarelli header.

Stephen McManus took an uncharacteristic and needless risk at the edge of his own penalty area, giving Fernandinho the chance to put Brandao through on goal and his fellow Brazilian quickly dispatched the ball past Artur Boruc.

Three minutes later Razvan Rat's cross found the head of Lucarelli, who guided the ball past the flailing Boruc from 12 yards out.

Celtic's first effort on goal came in the 28th minute, Scott McDonald's drive being deflected wide. Moments later Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink should have scored from Shunsuke Nakamura's driven free-kick, the Dutchman heading over from close range.

Shakhtar dominated the second half, their best chance coming with a Nery Castillo drive which Boruc did brilliantly to parry.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Hubschman, Kucher, Rat, Ilsinho, Lewandowski, Fernandinho (Duljaj, 86), Lucarelli (Gladkiy, 70), Jadson (Castillo, 65), Brandao Substitutes not used: Shust, Gay, Byelik, Yezerskiy

Celtic: Boruc, Wilson, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Donati, Hartley, Scott Brown, Nakamura (McGeady, 65), McDonald (Killen, 68), Vennegoor of Hesselink (Zurawski, 85). Substitutes not used: Mark Brown, Sno, Kennedy, O'Dea

Referee: A Undiano Mallenco (Spain).

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