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UEFA Charge Shakhtar Donetsk Striker Luiz Adriano for Scoring ‘Unsporting’ Goal Against Nordsjaelland

by The Newshound

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Brazilian chastised for scoring following uncontested drop-ball.

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Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano has been charged by Uefa after his controversial goal in the 5-2 Champions League win at Nordsjaelland on Tuesday.

Adriano scored a hat-trick in the win, with his first coming after Willian attempted to return the ball to the opposition goalkeeper from an uncontested drop-ball.

A Uefa statement said: “Luiz Adriano faces charges for violation of the principles of conduct.”
His case will be heard on November 27.

Adriano’s opener came after play was stopped for a home player to receive treatment.
Willian then cleared the ball downfield when play resumed, but Adriano ran on to the ball to score – which prompted an angry reaction from the Danes.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

As loathsome as it was to see Luiz Adriano waltz through a static defence and score a goal, either accidentally or deliberately, a UEFA charge for such an act could well set a precedent.

Clearly Shakhtar should have allowed their Danish opponents to score shortly afterwards and immediately after Nordsjaelland kicked off following Adriano’s goal it did appear that the Ukrainian side did back off only to decide that they weren’t going to allow their opposition to score.

As it turned out the goal may well have been academic as Shakhtar ran out 5-2 winners but it’s clear Nordsjaelland were not happy about the incident. See below the contentious goal.

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