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Old 07-05-2011, 21:56   #19
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Shakhtar Donetsk clinch sixth Ukrainian championship with derby victory over Metalurh

Champions League quarter-finalists Shakhtar Donetsk have retained their Ukrainian league title with a 2-0 victory over city-rivals Metalurh on Saturday.

This means that the Miners have won the national championship for the sixth time in their history.

Although Shakhtar lost to their closest rivals Dynamo Kiev last week, there were to be no such slip-ups this time. Luiz Adriano gave the home side the lead in first-half stoppage time with his 10th goal of the season.

Croatia international and captain Darijo Srna made sure of the title with a second goal four minutes from the end, paving the way for a potential double as Shakhtar are in the semi-finals of the Ukrainian cup.

Although eliminated by Barcelona at the last eight stage of the Champions League this season, it has been a superb campaign for Mircea Lucescu's men, who achieved their best ever performance in Europe's elite competition.

Despite not winning a league championship in the first nine years of their existence following the break up of the Soviet Union, Shakhtar have gone on to finish top of the table in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
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