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Jul 28, 2015 at 7pm UK at ​Sukru Saracoglu Stadium
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Result: Stalemate between Fenerbahce, Shakhtar Donetsk

Fenerbahce and Shakhtar Donetsk play out a goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round in Istanbul.

Nothing could separate Fenerbahce and Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round this evening as the two sides played out a goalless draw in Istanbul.

The hosts only named Robin van Persie on the bench for the match, but fellow Manchester United alumnus Nani almost gave them a perfect start when he tested Andriy Pyatov with a 20-yard effort just five minutes in.

Fenerbahce's Portuguese Luis Nani vies for the ball with Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian Fred during the UEFA Champions League third round qualifying match between Fenerbahce and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on July 28, 2015© Getty Images

Shakhtar soon gained a foothold, however, and spurned the best chance of the half 10 minutes later when Alex Teixeira put the ball inches wide of the target when unmarked in the area.

Volkan Demirel was then called upon to prevent the visitors from grabbing a crucial away goal shortly before the half-hour mark, keeping out Taison's first-time strike.

Nani turned provider late in the half with a lofted ball forward to Fernandao, but his header was too high as the opening 45 minutes ended goalless.

The second half did not provide quite as many chances, but the majority that did arrive fell to Shakhtar and Taison in particular.

Ten minutes into the half the Brazilian danced past a number of challenges on his way into the box, only to put his eventual effort wide. Then, shortly after the hour mark, he produced a snap shot from the edge of the area that beat the keeper, but also went the wrong side of the upright.

The hosts were struggling to really assert themselves in the final third and were mostly limited to long-range efforts, the best of which saw Diego flash one past the post from around 25 yards.

There was a competitive debut for Van Persie with a little over 20 minutes remaining, but the Dutch striker was unable to make a difference as both sides were forced to settle for a draw.

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1Istanbul BasaksehirIstanbul18115226101638
2GalatasarayGalatasaray1895436211532
3Yeni MalatyasporYeni M'spor1895429181132
4KasimpasaKasimpasa189273729829
5TrabzonsporTrabzonspor188553426829
6BesiktasBesiktas188553124729
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10BursasporBursaspor1841041818022
11Goztepe SKGoztepe SK1871102022-222
12AlanyasporAlanyaspor186391522-721
13KayserisporKayserispor185581525-1020
14AnkaragucuAnkaragucu1862101732-1520
15Fenerbahce183871725-817
16Akhisar BelediyesporAkhisar184592029-917
17BB ErzurumsporBB Erzurumspor183781724-716
18Caykur RizesporCaykur Rizespor182972028-815

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