November 27, 2018 / 10:14 PM / 20 days ago

Soccer-Shakhtar snatch late win at Hoffenheim to keep hopes alive

BERLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Shakhtar Donetsk snatched a last-gasp 3-2 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday thanks to Taison’s stoppage-time goal to keep their hopes of a top-two finish in Group F alive and send the Germans out of the competition.

Hoffenheim, who needed a win to have any hope of reaching the last 16, were stunned by a double strike early in the first half from the visitors.

Ismaily put Shakhtar ahead in the 14th minute and Taison, who had set up the first, doubled it with a fine finish.

The Germans struck back almost instantly with Andrej Kramaric cutting the deficit and then Steven Zuber levelled it up five minutes before the interval.

Swiss international Zuber then hit the woodwork in the 71st minute with the keeper beaten, but instead it was Taison who snatched a dramatic late winner to lift Shakhtar into third place on five points.

Lyon are second on seven points, with Manchester City top on 10. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Martyn Herman)

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