October 17, 2017 / 9:19 PM / a month ago

Bernard double seals victory at Feynoord for Shakhtar Donetsk

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Brazilian Bernard bagged a double as 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to defeat Feyenoord in their Champions League Group F clash at De Kuip on Tuesday.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk - De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands - October 17, 2017 Feyenoord's Brad Jones makes a save as Jeremiah St. Juste covers REUTERS/Michael Kooren

Steven Berghuis had put the home side in front, but goals in each half from Bernard turned the game in favour of the Ukrainian side, who ended the contest with 10 men after Yaroslav Rakitsky was sent off.

The victory moves Shakhtar up to second in the group with six points from three matches, three behind leaders Manchester City.

Napoli have three points but Feyenoord have now suffered three successive losses.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk - De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands - October 17, 2017 Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Michael Kooren

The Dutch side’s positive opening was rewarded with an early goal as Tonny Vilhena had his shot blocked by Shakhtar’s goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, but the rebound fell perfectly for Berghuis to score inside eight minutes.

But Bernard equalised midway through the first half after Feyenoord hesitated in defence and Fred slipped a superb pass through for his fellow Brazilian to easily beat Brad Jones.

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That was the way it stayed at the break, but eight minutes into the second half, Bernard converted a pass from Bohdan Butko.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes remaining when Rakitsky picked up a second yellow card as he pulled back Jens Toornstra, but they clung on to secure the win.

Shakhtar will host Feyenoord in their next Group F fixture on Nov. 1, a match that will be played in Kharkiv.

Reporting by Nick Said,; Editing by Neville Dalton

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