Flores said: “A draw is a fair result. In the first half, Shakhtar played more interesting football and were stronger, but we came back into the match after the break and avoided defeat.
“I would not like to use the number of injured players as an excuse, but even in such a situation we were looking to win.
“The opponent was more aggressive today mostly because it was Shakhtar’s last chance to have a shot at the knockout rounds.
“If they played in the second half like they did in the first, we would have ended up losing. David Navarro has a broken nose.”