Shakhtar vs Dnipro: match report

On August 14, on Matchday 5 of the Pari-Match League, Shakhtar faced Dnipro in Odesa.

Ukrainian League 2015-16. 5th round

August 14, 2015. Odesa. Chornomorets stadium. 29 degrees

Shakhtar (Donetsk) - Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk) - 0:2 (0:0)

Goals: 0:1 Mateus (84), 0:2 Seleznyov (90+4)

Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), Ordets, Rakytskyy, Shevchuk, Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos (Bernard, 77), Teixeira, Taison (Kovalenko, 57), Hladkyi (Ferreyra, 77)

Substitutes: Kanibolotskyy, Kucher, Kobin, Malyshev

Head coach: Mircea Lucescu

Dnipro: Boyko, Fedetskiy, Douglas, Papa Gueye, Leo Matos, Fedorchuk, Rotan (c), Danilo (Bezus 71), Luchkevich (Babatunde, 64; Bruno Gama, 82), Mateus, Seleznyov

Substitutes: Shelikhov, Cheberyachko, Balanyuk

Head coach: Myron Markevich

Booked: Fedorchuk (12), Shevchuk (14), Douglas (23), Rakitskiy (57), Luchkevich (59), Srna (73), Stepanenko (75), Fedetskiy (90+3)

Sending off: Shevchuk (90+3, second booking)

Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Khmelnitskiy)

Before match

Compared to previous game in Poltava, the Pitmen’s head coach Mircea Lucescu made changes to the starting line-up: Yaroslav Rakytskyy and Ivan Ordets played at the heart of defence, Vyacheslav Shevchuk operated at left back, with Fred and Taison fielded in the midfield. Besides injured players, Kankava and Kalinic were also missing the game. Only 17 players were submitted for the match.

First half

The Pitmen took the game under their control from the opening minutes, with Dnipro more relying on counterattacks. In the debut of the game, Marlos had his shot saved by Boyko. After a cross from Darijo Srna, Oleksandr Gladkyy tried to send the ball into the net while holding off the opposition player – Boyko again made a save. Midway through the first half the tempo of the game got higher. On 34 minutes, Andriy Pyatov came to rescue Shakhtar, parrying away a Danilo shot from close range. The Pitmen dominated the closing stages of the game: Gladkyy took a dangerous headed shot following a cross from Srna, but the ball flew just wide of the goal post, and soon Alex Teixeira could have scored after a sharp counterattack, but his shot was blocked by Boyko. The first half ended 0-0.

Second half

After the break, the game became more energetic. On 50 minutes, Gladkyy played a one-two with Taison before taking a shot that was saved by Boyko. Soon Dnipro’s goalkeeper kept out a Fred shot from outside the penalty area. Dnipro had a chance to score: Danilo bore down on goal but Andriy Pyatov rushed out of goal to deny the opposition player an opportunity to score. A little later Pyatov made a save in a similar situation when Matheus threatened Shakhtar’s goal.

The Pitmen stepped up their game, with players, who came on as subs, making the team’s movement more energetic. The Pitmen were attacking and piling on pressure, but there were not many shots on goal. There were two episodes – on 70 and 81 minutes, - when the opposition defenders brought down Teixeira and then Ferreyra inside their penalty area. The referee waved play on in both cases.

And Dnipro unexpectedly seized on their chance on counterattack: on 84 minutes, Matheus received a pass, beat the opposition player inside the penalty area and sent the ball into the far corner of the net to make it 0-1.

The Pitmen tried to do their best to equalise. But emotions took them over, and Shevchuk was awarded second yellow card, and left the pitch. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Seleznyov scored his second goal after a sharp counterattack. As a result, Shakhtar lost 0-2 to Dnipro.