Desna

Andriy Hitchenko (29) Oleksandr Filippov (62)

Ukrainian Premier League

2 - 4

Sunday, July 12, 2020 7:30 PM
Yuri Gagarin Stadium

Shakhtar

Manor Solomon (25) Tete (26) Maycon (60) Alan Patrick (69, pen.)

Preview

July 12, Chernihiv, YuriiGagarin stadium, 19:30

 

Before the match

 

Shakhtar, who have claimed the title early andbeen awarded gold medals, are to play 3 more league games this season. In the upcoming round, the team will go on a visit to Desna who have been actively competing for silver medals and Champions League berth.

 

The Shakhtar manager Luis Castro gave some rest to Mykola Matviienko, Marlos and Junior Moraes. Due to injuries, David Khocholava, Marcos Antonio and Viktor Kovalenko did not train in the general group for a week now. Valerii Bondar and Ismaily continue recovering from injuries.

 

At the same time, the coaching staff carried out a certain rotation in the recent games. So, in the last round game vs Dynamo, the long-awaited debut of the Brazilian defender Vitao took place, with Serhii  Bolbat spending a little more than fourty five minutes at left-backAfter quarantine, Maycon was on the bench without making any appearances yet.Vladyslav Vakula has been looking forward to his first competitive gameThis SundayFernando, Danylo Sikanor Dentinho may well appear as strikers.

 

Opponents

 

Desna have been enjoying their best season in the history. For the second year in the Premier League, the team of Oleksandr Ryabokon have secured a European club cup berth.Moreover, the Chernihiv side have every chance of competing with Dynamo and Zorya for the second position that may well enable them to start at the UCL qualifying stage.

 

For todayDesna and Dynamo have the equal number of points - 55 each, while Zorya have a point less. Our opponents twice defeated the Kyioutfit and tied with them onceThe Chernihiv side have one of the best defensivethirds in the Championship: only Shakhtar conceded less goals (22than they did (25). As for their attacking players, after quarantine, it was Desna who scored the most goals (18).

 

Head-to-head record

 

The teams met on 5 occasions. In all cases, Shakhtar claimed wins with an aggregate goal difference of 8-2.

 

Previous league meeting

 

On June 6, Shakhtar managed to score an early goal at the NSC Olimpiyskiy: in the 4th minute, Fernando put his team in front through Dodo’s passMidway through the first half, Marlos failed to beat Past from the spot, but literally seconds later the former netted one from open play after a spectacular move involving PatrickBefore the break, Desna reduced the deficit (Favorov scored a spot-kick), and early in the second half,Marlos completed a counterattack and netted a braceLate in the gamethe Chernihiv outfit netted the second goalwhen Budkivskyi took advantage or a defensive error– 3-2.

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Ukrainian Premier League

Sun 12

Jul 2020

19:30

Yuri Gagarin Stadium

Referee: Anatoliy Abdula

Man of the Match

Manor Solomon
Manor Solomon
P TEAM P W D L F A PNT
1 Shakhtar 32 26 4 2 80 26 82
2 Dynamo 32 18 5 9 65 35 59
3 Zorya 32 17 7 8 50 29 58
4 Desna 32 17 5 10 59 33 56
5 Oleksandriia 32 14 7 11 49 47 49
6 Kolos 32 10 2 20 33 59 32
7 Dnipro-1 32 15 4 13 42 42 49
8 Mariupol 32 12 9 11 40 46 45
9 Olimpik 32 10 6 16 32 47 36
10 Vorskla 32 9 7 16 23 48 34
11 Lviv 32 5 9 18 25 57 24
12 Karpaty 32 2 9 21 19 48 15