'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.

Shakhtar were tough – Neuer

The Germany international admitted Tuesday’s game was a difficult one in Ukraine but feels they remain in strong position in the tie

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says Shakhtar Donetsk made life hard for the Bundesliga champions in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, but is optimistic about their chances of reaching the quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s men struggled to create any chances of note in the away game and eventually had to settle for a 0-0 draw after they were reduced to 10 men following Xabi Alonso’s dismissal in the 65th minute.

“It was not easy for us. We created a few chances in the first half and did a good job in defence. We did not give them anything, apart from one chance from a free-kick. But we missed scoring to have a better chance in the return leg in Munich.

“I thought we had a few chances before the break, but it was much harder in the second half as we had to play the game and finish with 10 men.

“But we will create chances in Munich, so I am optimistic about our chances of reaching the next round.”

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

Gotze frustrated at Bayern's tame attack

The German champions were held to a 0-0 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving the former Borussia Dortmund attacker disappointed

Mario Gotze has admitted his frustration at Bayern Munich’s inability to score an away goal in their 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

The German side were huge favourites going into the Champions League round-of-16 first leg but failed to breach the Ukrainians’ defence and also had Xabi Alonso sent off midway through the second half for two bookable offences.

Former Borussia Dortmund playmaker Gotze expressed disappointment that his side were unable to fashion more goalscoring chances from their superiority on the ball.

“We had some problems in attack today,” Gotze told Sky TV after the match. “We weren’t able to play as we expected. 

“We still have the return leg and we must give everything we have. This is the Champions League, where small details can be decisive.

“We really wanted to score a goal here. That would have been very important. Now we must try to win it at home in the return leg.”

Sporting director Matthias Sammer added his own concern at the missed opportunity in Lviv, stressing the precarious nature of needing to win the home leg at Allianz Arena on March 11.

“The result is quite dangerous,” he admitted. “A goalless draw is always a problem.

“Actually it sounds good, but it isn’t easy.

“We were far from our best and we have to improve in the coming weeks.”

Bayern return to action on Saturday when they travel to Paderborn in the Bundesliga.

We'll go through despite first-leg struggle – Guardiola

The coach of the German champions believes his side will still progress despite failing to capitalise on their dominance against Shakhtar on Tuesday

Pep Guardiola has backed his Bayern Munich side to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals despite having been held to a 0-0 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

The 2013 winners lost Xabi Alonso to a second-half red card but still dominated for long periods only to see the Ukrainians hold out for a share of the spoils.

Yet coach Guardiola was happy enough with the result, despite his side failing to convert possession into meaningful chances for a precious away goal.

“We played for a long time against an extra man, which made it difficult for us,” Guardiola told Sky after the match at the Arena Lviv.

“We controlled the match but created few real chances.

“It is always better to score an away goal because now we have to win the second leg, but I believe we will do that.”

The return fixture will take place at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, March 11.

'Bayern are a one-man team with Robben'

Dietmar Hamann criticised the over-reliance on the Dutchman and suggests Robert Lewandowski’s misuse could force out the striker

Bayern Munich have become a “one-man team” with Arjen Robben at their epicentre and are risking alienating “best No.9 in the world” Robert Lewandowski , according to Dietmar Hamann.

The five-time European champions drew 0-0 with Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie in Lviv on Tuesday, despite losing Xabi Alonso to a second-half sending-off.

And the former Bayern midfielder said after the match that the team are expecting too much from Robben as they aim to regain the continental crown they last won in 2013.

“Bayern are a one-man team at the moment,” Hamann told Sky Sports. “Mario Gotze has had his ups and downs, and Franck Ribery is back from injury but didn’t get involved tonight.

“Thomas Muller is better deeper when he can come from deep and use his pace.”

Hamann went on to add that the exclusion of Lewandowski, who came off the bench for the last 15 minutes in Lviv, could lead the Poland striker to consider quitting Pep Guardiola’s side for another of Europe’s top clubs.

“I’m surprised Lewandowski started on the bench. His head is not in the right place,” Hamann said.

“If you want to be successful against the best teams, like Barcelona and Real Madrid, you need Lewandowski and I don’t know how much he’ll be on the side of the coach.

“There are no assurances he’ll be there next season. The way they play under Guardiola, I don’t think it suits Lewandowski. At Bayern, he simply doesn’t get enough balls.

“Manchester United could do with a Lewandowski. I think he’s tailor-made for Arsenal or Manchester United. He’s the best No.9 in the world.”

Bayern will host Shakhtar in the second leg clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday March 11.