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Luke Reddy

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  1. Match report

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Xabi Alonso is sent off

    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.


    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    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.

  3. Post update

    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.

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    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Franck Ribery

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

  5. 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.


    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.

  7. Post update

    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.


    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.


    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?

    Mike Tyson

    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.


    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.

  12. Tough questions asked...

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Shakhtar v Bayern Munich

    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.

  14. Post update

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Josep Guardiola

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

  15. 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
  16. 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.


    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Shakhtar v Bayern Munich

    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.

    Shakhtar v Bayern Munich

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

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    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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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    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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.

    Chess board

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

  20. 100 up quiz

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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

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


    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.

  22. Post update

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Xabi Alonso

    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.

  23. KICK-OFF

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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.

  24. 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...

  25. How they qualified

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich

    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.

  26. 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.

    Opta action zones
  27. The home threat stands out

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Luiz Adriano

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


    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Bastian Schweinsteiger runs with the ball

    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...

  29. Post update

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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.

  30. Post update

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

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

    Bayern Munich

    White ones too. Shameful.


    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.

  32. OUCH

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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.

  33. 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

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

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    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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.


  35. CLOSE!

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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.


    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    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...


    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.

  38. Post update

    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.

  39. A hard one to forget

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Brazil fans
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    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Arjen Robben

    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.

  41. The domestic scene...

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Shakhtar celebrate

    Shakhtar Donetsk sit second in Ukraine's Premier League, five points adrift of Dynamo Kiev.

    There are a dozen league fixtures to play, but the side known as the 'Pitmen' have a fight on their hands if they are to retain a title they have claimed in each of the last five seasons.

  42. CLOSE!

    Shakhtar 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Thomas Muller...a fourth goal of the

    The leggy forward times his run behind the defender and Arjen Robben on the dribble feeds him but he hooks wide.

    The effort trickles across goal. Bayern look far more threatening but every time a home player runs into space with the ball a huge roar goes up.


    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Given this is is an underdog meets master type of tie, I want to know what is the best David v Goliath style victory you have seen.

    Bradford City fans may have plenty to say on this one, but have you ever seen a no-hoper cause mayhem to take glory?

    Tweet us on #bbcfootball.

  44. Post update

    Shakhtar 0-0 Bayern Munich

    There are players aplenty in the Shakhtar side who have opted for tights. A quick weather check tells me it is -7C degrees in Lviv.

    At what point are tights acceptable? Would you wear any in Sunday League? Tweet me on #bbcfootball.

    Bayern's fast start has somewhat cooled but Arjen Robben gets half a sniff of goal. Pinball in the area sees the ball land at his talented set of feet, snuffed out by the defence though.

  45. The domestic scene...

    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich celebrate

    Bayern Munich lead the German Bundesliga by eight points from Wolfsburg.

    But could they be slipping? The German champions held an 11-point advantage when the winter break kicked in before Christmas and have won two of their four games since.

    If indeed they were feeling a post-Christmas lull, Saturday's 8-0 drubbing of Hamburg may well have blown out the cobwebs.

  46. CLOSE!

    Shakhtar 0-0 Bayern Munich

    That man I just mentioned with a slick hairstyle is unable to produce a finish to match his perfectly coiffured head. Bastian Schweinsteger is expertly picked out by Arjen Robben - the home defence has parted - he has his own postcode but volleys wide.

    He was central, the ball dropped over his shoulder and it was a slight hook.

  47. KICK-OFF

    Shakhtar 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Shakhtar get us underway. They have the tournament tip scorer up front and within 40 seconds Bayern Munich's Rafinha produces a shot which underlines why he is not at the thick end of the goalscoring charts. It dribbles into the goalkeeper's hands.

  48. That music makes you feel good...

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (19:45 GMT)

    Ahhh that is a nice feeling, the Champions League music belts out for the first time since December and the players - both sets are in gleaming white tracksuit tops - are out. A fair few have gloves on. Bastian Schweinsteiger contests the coin toss. No gloves for him but a well waxed hairstyle.

  49. You have been warned

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (19:45 GMT)

    Pep Guardiola

    Bayern Munich may have only suffered two defeats since August, but manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players of the threat posed by their hosts tonight.

    "I told my players: 'If you beat Shakhtar then you can be very proud because they really are one of the top teams,'" said Guardiola. "If we play below our level we can be knocked out."

    Bayern overcame Arsenal at this stage last season and eventually lost to winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

  50. Who needs to play games...

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (19:45 GMT)

    Contrast Shakhtar's lack of recent competitive football with Bayern Munich's last outing this weekend - an 8-0 win over Hamburg.

    That said, I guess some would argue such a win is a million miles from competitive.

  51. Heroes been on holiday

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (19:45 GMT)


    Mircea Lucescu, manager of Shakhtar says his side will be "heroes" if they progress against Bayern.

    "Our last competitive game was ten weeks ago, and you all know about the conditions we have been working under this season," said the 69-year-old. "Almost everyone will tell you that Bayern are going through, especially after their 8-0 win in the last league match."

    Shakhtar have been on their winter break in their domestic season and last played a competitive game when they face Porto in the Champions League on 10 December.

  52. Team news

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (19:45 GMT)

    So Champions League football has been placed in some perspective for those at Shakhtar so a meeting with the favourites for the competition is perhaps not what they had in mind.

    Still, this is a side who can defend ruggedly and attack with flair. Their 11 has a front six from Brazil.

    Bayern's line-up need little introduction. Quality, ruthless, experienced.

    Shakhtar Donetsk XI: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Fred, Fernando, Costa, Teixeira, Taison, Adriano.

    Bayern Munich XI: Neuer, Rafinha, Boateng, Bernat, Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Ribery, Goetze, Schweinsteiger, Robben, T. Muller.

  53. Home but not home

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (19:45 GMT)

    Shakhtar Donetsk are at home tonight but they cannot be too familiar with their surroundings just yet.

    As a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the club relocated home games some 600+ miles west to Lviv in July of last year, while their training and administrative offices are now in Kiev.


    Their home, the Donbass Arena, has suffered substantial damage from shelling. "For us, it's a big problem, because we are not playing at home, we are playing away, a new arena," captain Dario Srna said.

  54. Welcome

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich (19:45 GMT)

    This one has a David v Goliath feel about it...

    A team full of World Cup winners, overseen by the a manager so cool, you'd willingly chase him for a 'selfie'...

    Pep Guardiola

    Take on a side who have not played a competitive game in over two months and who have forced out of their own stadium due to conflict.

    But you know what they say, 'the bigger they come, the harder they fall'...

    Sumo wrestler against a baby