Anderlecht had made it into the last 16, but bumped into a strong Shakhtar. The Brussels club needed at least two goals to advance, but never came very close to scoring, except once. Defender Kara Mbodj headed home the 1-0 in the first half, but his goal was disallowed as the referee judged he had pushed his defender in the back. A controversial decision, but Anderlecht created too few real opportunities later on to be able to claim victory.
To make matters worse, Kara was sent off late in the match, and Shakhtar even took a surprise victory in stoppage time when Eduardo scored. Anderlecht can now fully concentrate on the title race in the Belgian league. They have to move past Club Brugge and AA Gent if they still want to become champions.