Junior Moraes (37)
Ukrainian Super Cup
1 - 3
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 9:00 PM
Carlos De Pena (20) Gerson Rodrigues (31) Fran Sol (83)
August 25, Kyiv, NSC Olimpiyskiy, 21:00
The Super Cup tie traditionally opens every season in Ukraine, but this year everything is different. The first round of the Championship has already taken place, with Shakhtar claiming a 3-1 win at Kolos. Aftersome rest and recovery, the team began to prepare for the match vs Dynamo.
On Monday, August 24, Luis Castro's men had a theory session and a training session in Sviatoshyno thatinvolved tactical exercises and set play practice. Nearly all the players are available, with the exception of Ismailywho trains individually.
For Shakhtar, this is the 16th Ukrainian Super Cup game in their history. The Orange-and-Blacks won the trophy 8 times: in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Taras Stepanenko (9 apps), Andriy Pyatov (8), Taison and Marlos (6 each) are the most experienced players in the current squad in terms of playing in this competition.
For the first time in 4 years (after Shakhtar claimed 3 consecutive golden doubles), Dynamo will play in the Super Cup as the domestic Cup winners and not as the league’s silver medalists. In early July, the White-and-Blues defeated Vorskla on penalties in the Cup final.
A major offseason change at Dynamo is the fact that the team was headed by Mircea Lucescuwho had workedfor 12 yearsat Shakhtar (having a record of 573 games and 22 trophies). The opponents held a three-week training camp and several friendly games at their base, and last Friday they successfully started the new league campaign by defeating Olimpik 4-1.
Dynamo had the following squad in the opening match: Bushchan, Tymchyk, Kedziora, Syrota, Karavayev, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko (Andriyevskyi, 84’), Tsitaishvili (Rodrigues, 46’), Buyalskyi (Lyednyev, 66’), de Pena (Tsyhankov, 75’), Supriaha (Duelund, 84’). Noteworthy is the fact that Kedzioradropped to the centre-back position (as Burda, Shabanov and Popov are not available yet), with Tymchyk operating at right-back after his loan spell away from Dynamo.
Shakhtar and Dynamo fought for the trophy at the beginning of the season on 12 occasions. The Miners won it twice on penalties (in 2005 and 2008) and three times in normal time (2014, 2015, 2017) with the same scoreline of 2-0. Interestingly, the sides have an even head-to-head record in terms of the goals scored - 14-14. Plus the clubs currently have the same number of Ukrainian Super Cups- 8 each.
Previous USC encounter
For Luis Castro, this was the first USC game at the helm of Shakhtar. In Odesa on July 28 last year, the Miners could take the lead early but for Boyko who parried away Marlos' bent top-corner attempt. As the game continued, Stepanenko’s 25-metre-range effort whizzed inches off the post, with the same Stepanenko denying Verbic's shot later. The Champions netted one before the break: a corner-kick by Marlos did not lead to an attempt, though the opponentsfailed to bring the ball out of the danger zone, with Patrick rolling the ball into the right corner. However, Dynamo managed to turn the game in their favour in just 4 minutes: Burda successfully finished off a corner delivery, with Harmash sealing a 2-1 win for his team.
Shakhtar Vs. Dynamo history
Ukrainian Super Cup
Referee: Vitaliy Romanov