Arsenal vs Shakhtar: journey into history
Before the meeting in Kyiv, our traditional retrospective journey is dedicated to the Pitmen’s only cup game against the Gunners.
Ukrainian Cup 2007/08. Last 16. October 31, 2007. Donetsk. RSC Olympiyskyi. Att: 18,000
Shakhtar 4-1 (2-1) Arsenal
Goals: 1-0 Hübschman (3’), 2-0 Brandao (13’), 2-1 Essola (44’), 3-1 Willian (60’), 4-1 Jadson (69’)
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna, Chygrynskyi (c), Yezerskyi, Rat, Hubschman, Duljaj, Priyomov (Willian - 54’), Vukic (Castillo - 59’), Brandao (Jadson - 68’), Gladkyy
Head coach: Mircea Lucescu
Man of the match - Tomas Hübschman
The Pitmen’s Czech midfielder not only coped with his defensive duties in the holding area, but also scored the winning goal. In the opening stages of the meeting, Tomas hammered it past Vitaliy Reva right into the corner.
Highlight of the match
In this game, Willian notched up his first goal for Shakhtar. Five minutes after he came on as a substitution player, he scored a stunner off the bar to make it 3-1 and received his teammates’ greetings on his goalscoring debut.
Figure of the match - 200
Willian’s compatriot Jadson began to add his achievements to the history of Shakhtar a year and a half before the UEFA Cup final. His goal against Arsenal became the Pitmen’s 200th Ukrainian Cup goal.
Quote of the match - Mircea Lucescu
- This evening not the score, but rather the performance produced by our players has been important. In fact, everyone enjoyed it. At some moment I forgot about my being a coach, and that I was supposed to say something and draw their attention at something. So spectacular and beautiful was the guys’ performance.