A hat-trick by Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano gave Shakhtar Donetsk a thumping 5-0 win over 10-man BATE Borisov in Lviv, Ukraine, on Wednesday to put them on the verge of the UEFA Champions League round-of-16.
Adriano, who equaled Lionel Messi’s feat of hitting five goals in an away match in the 7-0 win against the same opponents two weeks ago, now has nine goals this season to cement his lead in the Champions League scorers chart.
Shakhtar have eight points in Group H, comfortably placed to join leaders Porto with 10 in the next round. BATE have three points, while Athletic Bilbao have one.
Croatian skipper Dario Srna and Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira were also on target for the Ukrainian side.
Shakhtar dominated play from the kickoff and in the 19th minute Adriano set up the opener when he nodded down a precise cross by Vyacheslav Shevchuk to Srna, who fired the ball into the net from just inside the penalty area.
BATE’s Anri Khagush was sent off just before the break after receiving two yellow cards.
Three minutes after the interval Teixeira escaped the offside trap to take a flick from Adriano and send the ball past helpless goalkeeper Sergei Chernik.
In the 58th minute Adriano made it 3-0 with a precise spot-kick after he was fouled in the area.
After that BATE lost their motivation and in the 83rd minute the 27-year-old Adriano scored his second of the match, before completing his hat-trick in the third minute of stoppage-time.
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