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Luiz Adriano: I am very sorry about what happened

Shakhtar forward has commented on the situation around the first goal scored against FC Nordsjælland.

- I haven’t seen the beginning of the episode, because I was standing with my back to the ball and my face towards the opposition goal, I was in the attacking area and did not notice what had happened on our half. I was very focused on the game and, when the ball dropped near me and the defenders did not show any initiative, I picked up the ball, beat the goalkeeper and scored - I am a forward, in fact. Later, after analyzing the replay of that episode and after talking to my teammates, I realized what had happened, I completely changed my view on the episode. I'm very sorry about what happened, I apologize to all the fans and UEFA. Nothing like this ever happened to me before, I always respected, do and will respect the Fair Play rules. Once again, I apologize and I promise that this will never happen again – I will be more focused and attentive on the pitch and I will abide by the rules of fair play.

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