Arsenal-Kyiv vs Shakhtar: preview

At the last-32 stage of the Ukrainian Cup, the Pitmen will play an away game with Arsenal-Kyiv. We bring you the preview of the game.

22 August, Kyiv, V.Bannikov Stadium, 17:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 2 channel

The opening stages of one-tie games traditionally bring the fans matches of top teams against sides from lower leagues. The upcoming game has clear favourites – Shakhtar. After a tough match in Vienna, Mircea Lucescu’s charges are to make the next step in the domestic Cup. The Pitmen will face the opponents, who have recently got a professional status.

After four rounds in the Second League, Arsenal-Kyiv are sitting in tenth place out of fourteen. At the start of the season, the Pitmen’s opponents lost twice and one game ended in a draw, and on 15 August they took all three points. Thanks to goals from Roman Adamenko and Mykola Kovtalyuk, the Kyiv side got a hard-fought 2-1 win over Krystal Kherson, who had gone undefeated before that game.

In August, a new coach took over at Arsenal. Angel Chervenkov took charge of the team, who is known for working at Sevastopol. Interestingly, the job of the Bulgarian coach at the club is general manager. Arsenal management is hoping that Chervenkov’s young team can make progress and move forward.

Match officials

Referee – Andriy Kuzmin (Mykolayiv)
Assistant referees – Eduard Karapetyan, Andriy Motyka (both – Ternopil)
Fourth official – Olexiy Drachyov (Dnipropetrovsk)
Referee observer – Volodymyr Holovko (Dnipropetrovsk)


One could expect a squad rotation given Shakhtar’s tight schedule. The match with Arsenal will surely feature the players who have not been deployed in the Champions League and Ukrainian league previous games.

Scoring average in the league:

Arsenal-Kyiv – 1,3 goals per game;
Shakhtar – 2 goals per game.

Previous match with Arsenal in the Cup:

Ukrainian Cup. Last-16. October 31, 2007.
Donetsk. RSC Olympiykisy. Att: 18,000. 11C

Shakhtar - Arsenal - 4:1 (2:1)
Goals: 1:0 Hübschman (3), 2:0 Brandao (13), 2:1 Essola (44), 3:1 Willian (60), 4:1 Jadson (69)

Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna, Chygrynskiy, Yezerskiy, Rat, Hubschman, Duljaj, Priyomov, (Willian, 54), Vukic (Castillo, 59), Brandao (Jadson 68), Gladkyy
Substitutes: Virt, Kucher, Gai, Lewandowski
Head Coach: Mircea Lucescu

Arsenal: Reva, Parfenov (Mizin, 71), Kuznetsov (Demetradze, 62), Raspopov, Beno, Romanchuk, Khomin, Zakarlyuka (Zaharevich, 85), Bito, Seleznev, Essola
Substitutes: Deonas, Yarosh, Stargorodskiy, Litovchenko
Head Coach: Oleksandr Zavarov

Booked: Priyomov (23), Hübschman (68) - Khomin (38)
Referee: Vitaliy Godulyan (Odesa)

This game took place almost eight years ago. In 2007 Shakhtar and Arsenal faced each other at the last-16 stage at RSC Olimpiyskiy, where Shakhtar showcased great football and got a confident win. On 3 minutes, Tomas Hubschman fired an excellent shot, a little late Brandao extended the Pitmen’s lead. The visitors pulled one goal back before the half time break – Essola seized on the rebound after a set piece. During the second half Shakhtar extended their lead further: on 60 minutes, Willian scored his first goal in the official matches for the Pitmen, before Jadson made it 4-1.