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Summary

  1. Xabi Alonso dismissed for two yellow cards
  2. Match staged hundreds of miles from Shakhtar home due to conflict
  3. Second leg on Wednesday 11 March

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By Luke Reddy

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Match report

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Xabi Alonso is sent off
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Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso was sent off in his 100th Champions League game as his side played out a drab stalemate against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

The former Liverpool midfielder picked up a second yellow card with 25 minutes remaining and neither side threatened after his dismissal.

Bayern - Champions League winners in 2013 - went close twice through Thomas Muller in the first half but he pulled a shot wide and fired over from 18 yards.

Despite boasting the top scorer in the competition in Luiz Adriano, Shakhtar were unable to work Manuel Neuer with any effort of quality.

But Mircea Lucescu's side were organised throughout, a feat made more impressive given they have not played a competitive game since December due to their league's winter break.

The Ukraine champions are also still contending with playing all of their matches in the western city of Lviv, several hundred miles from their home ground which is too close to a conflict zone in the war-torn country.

They defended with energy whenever Bayern caught a glimpse of space, but had just one attempt at goal in the entire 90 minutes.

Bayern - fresh from an 8-0 win over Hamburg on Saturday - were unable to pose meaningful threat, but they have not lost at home since defeat in the semi-final of this competition last year and will start as heavy favourites in the second leg on 11 March.

FULL-TIME

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Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Credit to Shakhtar. They have not played a competitive game since December and so to face a side of such quality and compete - even against 10 men for 25 minutes - is creditable to say the least.

Whether it will be enough is another question. Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena is no easy prospect come 11 March. The last time Bayern have lost there in any game was against Real Madrid in the semi-final of last year's competition.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

This closing 20 minutes have seen a lot of what I'll call 'percentage football'. Very much no risk, play the safe ball, send it long if in any doubt.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery
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Three minutes added. No goals coming here. Stalemate. Drab. Cautious.

CLOSE!

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

In a half void of chances, this counts as an opening and it's Arjen Robben. He sees a gap and has the ability to exploit it. Shoot right footed? No. He cuts back and here comes the rush defence.

Like a rugby union pack they swarm to force him away from goal. A pattern in this game. When danger has loomed anywhere, bodies have scurried to end it.

SUBSTITUTION

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Luiz Adriano departs for Oleksandr Hladkyy. No goals tonight for Adriano who is one away from double figures already in the competition.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

As many as 32 fouls here tonight so far. It sounds and feels a lot but there have been 39 in Chelsea's game with PSG - currently 1-1.

The nature of them in this Shakhtar game have been frustrating. Petty and destructive to any attacks of note.

PENALTY APPEAL

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Bayern's best attacker has been Arjen Robben and he jinks in from the right flank to drive against a home defender, prompting calls of handball. Nothing doing. Schweinstegier is what seems like the 10,000th player to commit a tactical foul tonight. He ends a counter attack. Yellow card.

Both these sides have taken every measure they can not to concede tonight. They are more afraid of losing than enthused to go and win the game.

YELLOW CARD

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Taison - playing on the left for Shakhtar - has been busy and energetic all night. He has pressed well and won possession back eight times.

A latest chase of Jerome Boateng draws a foul on the Shakhtar man and booking for Bayern's defender.

Tonnes of energy from Taison. Does he pack a punch in the final third though?

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YELLOW CARD

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer - in bright red tights - takes his time when the ball is passed back to him. They look happy with this result.

Fred in midfield for Shakhtar is booked for trying to rip Franck Ribery's arm off and Douglas Costa - who has caused trouble of the scuffly kind all night - is off for Marlos.

SUBSTITUTION

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

On comes Robert Lewandowski for Mario Gotze. Germany's World Cup hero departs having completed over 92% of his passes.

Tough questions asked...

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Shakhtar v Bayern Munich
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SUBSTITUTION

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Thomas Muller is replaced by Badstuber. That should give Bayern a little less going forward.

Muller has had their best tow chances but missed the target on both occasions.

Arjen Robben swings a corner in, the referee whistles and for a moment it's unclear what for..penalty? No. Foul on a defender.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Josep Guardiola
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Bayern are about to introduce Holger Badstuber in what will probably be a tactical switch. One of the forward line about to depart?

RED CARD

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich - Xabi Alonso

Now then Shakhtar, what have you got?

The chance to face 10 men for over 25 minutes gives hope surely of taking a result better than a goalless draw to Germany.

Alonso is the man dismissed. A second yellow for a very similar foul to the one which saw him initially booked. He stops a home counter-attack by tangling with Taison. Looks a fair shout.

Xabi Alonso is shown a red card
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OUCH!

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

A Spaniard and a Brazilian are down in agony on the halfway line. Luiz Adriano and Xabi Alonso. A 50-50, both went to ground, ouch.

Those ones always feel worse on a cold night. Both are coming back to their senses and should be OK.

YELLOW CARD

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

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Douglas Costa. You are a lucky boy.

Again it is him and Ribery in a tussle for the ball and out comes the Brazilian's arm to shield but it catches Robery full in the face.

Intent? Quite possibly. If so he is lucky.

In other news, Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu is wearing a great hat and scarf combo. He looks like he should be walking the dogs. Here is is in the background.

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This is his 11th season in charge. Surely the club could buy him a set in club colours.

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Douglas Costa is a floaty Brazilian attacker, not the type you'd look at and see a nasty side. But he loves a bit of rough and tumble.

A good honest tussle with Franck Ribery leaves the Bayern man on the deck and Coasta stands over him and kicks the ball against Ribery's behind.

It angers the man on the deck and the referee steps in to calm things. Calm it.

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Dario Srna swings in a cross from the right, hacked away by the Bayern defence. You get the sense Shakhtar are confident in building play but not overly keen on pumping lots of bodies into the box in fear of the break.

When deliveries arrive, there are one, maybe two, targets in the middle and it's easy to defend against.

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A chess match. The play is moderately open, but it's well thought out...

100 up quiz

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Xabi Alonso is not averse to putting his foot in so let's use this actionn shot of him doing just that to mark a moment of history for the ex-Liverpool midfielder (he was booked for this by the way).

Xabi Alonso
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Alonso has 100 Champions League outings now. Only six other Spaniards have. Can you name them? Answers in 20 minutes.

PENALTY APPEAL

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

A penalty appeal but by no means a big one as Xabi Alonso is nudged off the ball when about to pull the trigger. Bastian Schweinsteiger picked him out but good honest defending and nothing more. Tame appeals.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Xabi Alonso
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We will have to wait over three weeks for the return fixture by the way - 11 March.

Shakhtar's domestic league starts up next week after the winter break so they will have a few more high intensity sprints in the legs by then. I've gone for one of the coaching buzz words there. Shame on me.

Bayern keeping it nicely, committing bodies to the midfield to build numbers.

KICK-OFF

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Here we go again then.

What constitutes a good result for Bayern Munich here. Surely they would fancy themselves at home if this ends as it is now. But Shakhtar may take that too, an away goal would be huge for them then in the return.

Still in it...

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

For those of you sensing an upset, Shakhtar have never won a Champions League game which has been nil-nil at half time.

Players due out any moment...

How they qualified

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Shakhtar gathered nine points to reach the second phase and only suffered defeat once in a group containing Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov and Porto, who also went through.

They smashed 12 goals in against lowly BATE, Luiz Adriano got eight of them.

Bayern topped a testing group which included Manchester City, Roma and CSKA Moscow, with 15 points from a possible 18.

Pep Guardiola's side scored 16 goals in the six games, Mario Goetze and Thomas Muller got three apiece.

First-half action areas

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Rarely will a side dominate possession in the way Bayern Munich have but not be well on top in the math action zones.

This is perhaps one Sam Allardyce can stash. The man self-dubbed as "sophisticated" is always telling us that sometimes direct football wins out.

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The home threat stands out

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Luiz Adriano
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Adriano has been kept quiet so far. He has just 14 touches and completed just 36% of his passes.

HALF-TIME

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Bastian Schweinsteiger runs with the ball
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Possession aplenty for Bayern, the odd half chance - notably for Thomas Muller who pulled a great opening wide - but Shakhtar have been solid enough and have some pace on the break.

A goalless draw would set them up nicely for an away-goal raid in Germany when these sides meet again. A long way to go yet though...

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Taison has been lively for Shakhtar and bursts into the box like a front-runner jumping the last at the Grand National. He's away but his cut-back is blocked by a sliding defender.

Franck Ribery from 20 yards at the other end. He lifts over the bar. The French rugby team has room for a kicker like him. Three points.

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Looking at this picture, I'm going for six Bayern lads in tights...

Bayern Munich
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White ones too. Shameful.

YELLOW CARD

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

The Shakhtar captain is incensed at a yellow card brandished in his direction. He looked like he was bang up for blocking off Franck Ribery's run but missed his target man. Douglas Costa nailed the Frenchman but Srna got the caution.

Didn't do the crime but still got the punishment. Tight rope for him now.

OUCH

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Bayern have had 70% of the ball here but this is by no means a one-way encounter so far. Shakhtar have been well drilled, plenty of bodies behind the ball. Vyacheslav Shevchuk returns to the field for the hosts. He has a Terry-Butcher style head band on now after cutting his head.

CLOSE!

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Thomas Muller is one of those players who seems to get 20 chances in every game. A constant nuisance.

Thmoas Muller
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He flings a right leg at a pull-back from Franck Ribery which whizzes over the bar. He was stretching.

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There is a little edge to this. Childish stuff as Mario Gotze pushes Oleksandr Kucher when the Shakhtar defender grabs the ball from him to take a throw in.

Petty.

CLOSE!

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Alex Teixeira lines up the free-kick. A thump from 30_ yards takes a bounce and is spilled by Manuel Neuer but gathered at the second attempt.

A first meaningful shot by the home side.

YELLOW CARD

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Bubble...bubble...bubble...this could boil over.

Great chasing down of the ball by Dario Srna and his slide tackle releases Douglas Costa in midfield drawing a foul from Xabi Alonso. That is a yellow all day long as Shakhtar were breaking in numbers. Some pushing. Where is Taison? I bet he packs a punch.

I'll get my coat...

YELLOW CARD

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha is the first man to enter the book. Hats off to him, he's one of few not wearing tights tonight but he argues like a child with the referee. It seemed he was trying to get Luiz Adrian booked for diving even though the referee had given the Brazilian a free-kick.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Shakhtar wide man Taison - not quite built like the boxer with a similar name - races down the left, feeds Douglas Costa in the box but three Bayern shirts crowd him, forcing a pass wide and Dario Srna cannot pick out a good cross. That lifted the crowd.

A hard one to forget

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

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Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Arjen Robben
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Arjen Robben hugs the right-hand touchline, gets it, through the gears, cutting in at goal but here come the bodies to squeeze him out.

The Dutchman has made a career out of coming in on his stronger foot to cause turmoil but here he is surrounded by red and black striped shirts.

Bayern look comfortable here, their experience is palpable. Schweinsteiger gets a kick around the ankles in midfield, free-kick.