Adriano goals lead Shakhtar to 3-0 win at Braga

Shakhtar Donetsk won its second straight game but it struggled

to put away Braga 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Luiz Adriano scored twice and Douglas Costa added a penalty for

the Ukrainian champion.

But when Adriano broke into the area for a first-time shot in

the 57th minute, it was Shakhtar’s first on target. He produced a

similar move to extend the lead 15 minutes later. Costa scored from

the penalty spot in injury time.

Braga, a tournament newcomer, was looking to bounce back from a

6-0 thrashing at Arsenal in its opening Group H match.

Leandro Salino looked likely to give Braga the lead in a

promising first half for the home team. His header was cleared off

the line after three minutes, and on the half-hour he sprinted into

the area before shooting against the goalkeeper’s legs.

Braga launched a counterattack from a Shakhtar corner kick just

before the interval, Matheus dashing down the right wing and

crossing for Salino, who deflected the ball just wide of the

goal.

Dario Srna, who got Shakhtar’s goal in its 1-0 victory over

Partizan Belgrade in its opening group game, had his team’s best

first-half chance in the 21st when he found space at the back post

but he scooped the ball over.

Shakhtar twice sent the ball low across the face of the Braga

goal in the early second half but there was nobody there to tap it

in.

Matheus came close to leveling in the 62nd when his bicycle kick

brought a reflex save from Andriy Pyatov.

Paulo Cesar brought down William and set Costa up for the

penalty kick.