Ghana midfielder Enock Adu Kofi played the entire duration as his Danish side Nordsjælland were defeated by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old is among the many Ghanaians playing in the competition this year and he was expected to have helped his side to a decent group stage start.
However, Henrik Mkhitaryan’s first and second UEFA Champions League goals earned a 2-0 reward for the Ukrainian side after a dominant performance against the group stage newcomers.
The attacking midfielder has been in deadly form this term, netting 12 times in just nine Ukrainian Premier League games.
He continued that rich vein of form at the Donbass Arena in this Group E opener, his well-taken goals at the end of each half clinching a deserved three points.
The hosts did not have it all their own way, though, especially in the first 44 minutes.
The Danish title holders are new to this stage and began cautiously, defending in numbers and putting the onus on Shakhtar to find a way through.
Despite enjoying the vast majority of possession, the home side were frustrated for long periods and while Jesper Hansen in the Nordsjælland goal was never at ease, he hardly had a save to make.