Arsenal-Kyiv vs Shakhtar: players’ view

The Pitmen have reflected on the victory in the Cup match.

Maksym Malyshev, Shakhtar’s midfielder:

- I would like to thank Mister for his trust! Today was a very important event in my life; I am happy to have scored my first goal for the Pitmen! I hope it was not my last goal for Shakhtar; I will continue in the same spirit, with making progress. This goal is a result of combinations that we are practising in training sessions. Of course, we are working on crosses from the flank. Plus Ismaily played great, and I just had to apply an easy finish. We had expected such a game from the opponents; we knew that the Arsenal side would be extremely motivated. Mister said that we had to consider this game seriously, to be concentrated. We tried to follow it. By and large, we could have scored more goals.

Eduardo, Shakhtar’s forward:

- Today I made my debut as a captain in an official match. This is a great honour for me! Such moments are never forgotten. Plus Shakhtar won a difficult Cup match. It was difficult because before we opened the scoring the opponents were defending tightly. After the first goal it became easier. At the end of the match there was an unpleasant episode, I received a painful blow. But I think that by the next meeting I will have been fine. I hope that's okay. The main thing is that we have won and should continue in the same spirit. It's great that we are going into the Rapid game in a great mood.

Mykola Matvienko, Shakhtar’s defender:

- This is my debut match for Shakhtar’s first team! I am simply overwhelmed with emotions, impressions of the game are very good! Of course, before I was very nervous, but once I took to the pitch, everything was fine. Playing for the first team is much more difficult than for the U19 side, it's a completely different level. But I was supported today: by team-mates on the pitch, Mister and even the guys from the U21 side, who attended the game! You have seen that in a pair with Sergiy Kryvtsov we operated well. I have already played with him, there is experience of playing together for the reserve side. As for today’s game versus Arsenal, I will say this: we were waiting for such an uncompromising game from the opponents. It was evident that guys were doing their best; they were very motivated. But Shakhtar totally dominated proceedings.