'Douglas Costa no worse than Robben'

The two players were on opposing sides on Tuesday night, with the Brazilian’s captain singling him out for high praise

Darijo Srna believes his Shakhtar Donetsk team-mate Douglas Costa can be just as good as Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, while claiming Alex Teixeira and Taison are on a par with Franck Ribery.

Shakhtar and Bayern went head-to-head in the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday, with the Bundesliga champions coming away from Ukraine with a 0-0 draw to leave the tie finely poised ahead of the return leg.

Despite failing to record a home win against a side reduced to 10 men in the second half as a result of Xabi Alonso’s dismissal, Shakhtar were content to avoid defeat in their first competitive outing since December 10 and Srna hailed the performance of his side’s Brazilian stars.

“I would say that Douglas Costa is no worse than Robben, potential-wise,” the Shakhtar captain told reporters. And both Teixeira and Taison are as good as Ribery.

“We can be happy with the result, though we have to take more risks when we have 11 men.

“We still have a chance, a slim one, though anything is possible in football. And we will fight to the end for our club and for our fans.”

The return at the Allianz Arena is scheduled to take place on March 11.

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