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Lucescu satisfied with Shakhtar standard

Created on Oct. 03, 2013 1:10 AM EST

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu said he was satisfied after earning a point at home to Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.

Lucescu was complimentary of his players, saying they had shown they could play at the same level as their English opponents.

"The result satisfies both sides," he said.

"They (Manchester United) are better than us on the break, but I wouldn't say they were in control of the game.

"I am happy we rose to the level of United and even got the better of them in certain respects.

"We were better than United in some respects and it is a pity we did not win, but don't forget we were playing Manchester United."

Down 1-0 at half time, Shakhtar scored in the 76th minute through Brazilian forward Taison.

Lucescu said following the game plan was what allowed his team to equalise late in the match.

"At half time, we said to continue playing our way, increase the temp in the last 20 minutes and take some risks," he said.

"That was the case.

"We delivered many balls into their box and it was a pity we scored just once."

Lucescu said the Ukrainian side, which is currently sitting atop Group A, had not had any weak links in the game.

"All our players looked good and there was no sense replacing them because it could have disrupted our game," he said.

"That's why I waited till the very end of the match to make substitutions."

"You make substitutions to strengthen the team, not for the sake of them."

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