Vorskla vs Shakhtar: preview

On Matchday 4 of the Ukrainian league, the Pitmen will face Vorskla in Poltava. We bring you the preview of the game.

9 August, Poltava, Vorskla, 19:30
Live broadcast on Futbol 1 channel

The teams will face each other after European mid-week. Having confidently beaten Fenerbahce, Shakhtar reached the Champions League third round play-off and are getting ready for the Premier League fixture in good spirits. The same cannot be said about Vorskla, who conceded a goal in the final seconds of the extra time to be eliminated from Zilina. No doubts that the Poltava side will play with huge desire and will look to make up for an unlucky result.


Referee – Anatoliy Abdula (Kharkiv)
Assistant referees – Viktor Kravchenko (Lviv), Semyon Shlonchak (Cherkasy)
Fourth official – Serhiy Boyko (Kyiv region)
Referee observer – Serhiy Zadiran (Dnipropetrovsk)


Vorskla’s midfielder Artyom Gromov missed the previous league game against Dnipro due to injury. He also sat out a game in the Europa League. Probably, one of the leaders of the Vorskla team will be able to take part in the Shakhtar game. It should also be noted that Stanislav Bogush is likely to return to action. He was suspended for the second leg versus Zilina, so it was Dmytro Nepogodov who was stationed in goal.

Teams’ scoring average:

Vorskla – 1 goal per game;
Shakhtar – 2,67 goals per game.


Team results. Ukrainian league

Total Wins Draws Losses Goal difference
38 28 8 2 72–19
Away Wins Draws Losses Goal difference
19 12 5 2 30–11

The first game of the teams in the Ukrainian league took place on 3 August 1996 in Poltava and saw it end 1-1. Both goals were scored in the end of the game: Oleg Matveev and Igor Kislov got on the scoresheet.

The highest scoring game took place on 29 September 1998. In Donetsk Shakhtar thrashed Vorskla 7-3.

The most popular result is 1-0. It was registered 11 times: the Pitmen’s 9 wins, 2 wins by the Poltava side.

The teams’ matches have been attended by over 661,000 fans, 17, 400 fans on average per game.

Individual results

    Shakhtar Vorskla
Top scorers 8 goals Andriy Vorobey 3 goals Ahmed Januzi,
Igor Kostyuk
Braces 6 Serhiy Atelkin,
Oleksandr Babiy,
Andriy Vorobey,
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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Fastest goals 3 minutes Yuriy Seleznyov,
Gregoriy Yarmash (own goal)
5 minutes Serhiy Kravchenko
Самые поздние голы 87 minutes Oleg Matveev,
Oleg Pestryakov,
Ciprian Marica
90+2 goals Denys Sokolovskyi

Coaches. Ukrainian league

Coach Matches
Mircea Lucescu 23
Valeriy Yaremchenko 6
Viktor Prokopenko 4
Anatoliy Byshovets 2
Nevio Scala 2
Bernd Schuster 1
Mykola Pavlov 9
Andriy Bal 5
Viktor Nosov 4
Anatoly Konkov 3
Anatoliy Momot 3
Victor Pozhechevskiy 3
Vasyl Sachko 2
Volodymyr Muntyan 2
Serhiy Morozov 2
Oleksandr Dovbakh 1
Vadym Yevtushenko 1
Volodymyr Lozinskiy 1
Serhiy Svistun 1
Serhiy Sobetskiy 1

Teams’ previous league game:
2014-15 Ukrainian league. Matchday 15

February 28, 2015. Lviv. Arena Lviv. 7C

Shakhtar (Donetsk) 3-0 (1-0) Vorskla (Poltava)

Goals: 1:0 Shevchuk (25), 2:0 Costa (49), 3:0 Teixeira (68)

Shakhtar: Pyatov, Ilsinho (Kovalenko, 84), Ordets, Kryvtsov, Shevchuk, Fernando, Fred, Costa (Marlos 72), Teixeira, Taison (Kucher, 61), Adriano (c)

Substitutes: Kanibolotskiy, Volovyk, Wellington Nem, Hladkyi

Head coach: Mircea Lucescu

Vorskla: Bogush, Siminin, Dallku (c), Sklar, Dedechko, Chesnakov, Budnik (Perduta, 68), Sapay, Barannik (A. Tkachuk, 80), E. Tkachuk, Tursunov

Substitutes: Nepogodov, Loginov, Markoski, Kizilatesh, Kravchenko

Head coach: Vasyl Sachko

Booked: Budnik (2), Teixeira (14), Costa (72), Siminin (81), Sapay (85)

Sending off: Ordets (60)

Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (Kyiv)

After a hard-fought win in Poltava at the start of the season, Shakhtar easily beat Vorskla in Lviv. In fact, the match proved to be quite difficult. Before the midway of the first half, Vasyl Sachko’s charges headed to the training camp, closing down all the zones. On 20 minutes Taison hit the goal post on 20 minutes. Shakhtar scored after five minutes, when the defender tried to block a Teixeira shot after a pass from Adriano, but Shevchuk rushed forward to make it 1-0.

Energetic actions from Costa and Taison before the break led to the hosts extending the lead. But it happened in the second half. On 49 minutes, Douglas Costa received a ball from Ilsinho before drifting towards the centre, skipping past the defender to hit the far corner of the net. Despite the sending off of Ordets midway through the game, Shakhtar looked better. And very soon they extended their lead: Adriano made a run down the flank before making a pass to the centre for Teixeira to make it 3-0.l