Shakhtar vs Metalurh: preview
The 6th round of the Pari-Match League will kick off with the Pitmen’s meeting with Zaporizhya-based Metalurh. We invite you to read our traditional match preview.
August 28, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 19:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 1 TV channel
At the moment, Metalurh boast just two scored goals against eleven conceded ones. Goal difference wise, that’s the second result from bottom – only Chornomorets Odesa has a worse performance indicator. This directly reflects the sides’ positions in the table.
Shakhtar unsuccessfully played the previous two league games, losing points in Poltava and losing to Dnipro. Mircea Lucescu's team just need to win and return to the leading position in the title race.
At the same time, the meeting with Zaporizhya does not herald a walk in the park for the Pitmen. In the last two rounds, Metalurh improved their results. If at the start of the league season, they lost three games in a row; later on they scored two points, tying with Hoverla and Vorskla. The motivation of Oleksandr Tomakh’s team to fight with the Champions League participants is sky-high, so the Orange-Blacks should approach the game being maximally focused.
Referee – Mykola Balakin (Kiev region).
Assistant referees – Yevhen Khalamendyk (Kyiv), Mykola Levko (Chernivtsi)
Fourth official – Oleksandr Derdo (Illichivsk)
Referee observer – Valeriy Avdysh (Zhytomyr)
Vyacheslav Shevchuk, who serves a suspension after being sent off in the Matchday 5 game against Dnipro. As for the rest, it is up to Mircea Lucescu to decide. The Pitmen’s mentor should make the best choice given the condition of the players who took part in the return game against Rapid and the availability of their positional teammates.
Teams’ scoring league average:
Shakhtar - 2 goals per game;
Metalurh – 0.4 goals per game.
Team’s general performance. Ukrainian League
The first match in Zaporizhya was the debut game for both teams in the Ukrainian league. The game took place on 7 March 1992 and ended 1-1 (goals were scored by Shakhtar’s Serhiy Rebrov and Metalurh’s Oleh Holovan).
The most prolific match took place on June 19, 1994. At the central stadium Shakhtyor the teams scored 7 goals. The Pitmen celebrated a 5-2 win (with Segei Atelkin and Oleg Matveev grabbing braces, plus another goal scored by Sergei Onopko).
The most frequent result is 2-0 (it was registered 9 times: the Pitmen’s 7 wins, and Metalurh’s 2 wins).
Over 540,700 fans attended the teams’ games, which is about 11,750 on average per game.
The previous game that was held on 16 March 2014 at Slavutych-Arena ended in the Pitmen’s 3-0 win. Goals were scored by Luiz Adriano and Alex Teixeira (brace).
|Top scorers||7 goals||Luiz Adriano, |
|5 goals||Andriy Demchenko|
|Braces||13||Alex Teixeira (2), |
|Earliest goals||1st minute||Luiz Adriano||4 minutes||Dmytro Nevmyvaka|
|Latest goals||90+3 minutes||Brandao, |
|90 minutes||Andriy Demchenko|
Coaches. Ukrainian League
The teams’ previous league meeting:
Ukrainian league 2014/15. Matchday 14
November 30, 2014. Zaporizhzhya. Slavutych Arena. Att: 2,000. -5C
Metalurh (Zaporizhzhya) 0-4 (0-0) Shakhtar (Donetsk)
Goals: 0-1 Marlos (56), 0-2 Teixeira (60), 0-3 Teixeira (61), 0-4 Wellington (90)
Metalurh: Borovyk, Lisitskiy (c), Balic, Priyomov, Korotetskiy, Orelesi, Rudyka, Platon (Matyazh, 76), Ulyanov, Yusov (Sergio, 67), Shturko (Gavrish, 57)
Unused subs: Hrdlicka, Zhurakhovskiy, Kaplienko, Kulinic
Caretaker head coach: Oleksandr Tomakh
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), (Dentinho, 67), Kucher, Kryvtsov, Shevchuk, Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos (Wellington, 63), Teixeira, Bernard (Taison, 61), Adriano
Unused subs: Kanibolotskiy, Volovyk, Fernando, Hladkyi
Head coach: Mircea Lucescu
Booked: Korotetskiy (32), Rudyka (80), Stepanenko (82)
Referee: Serhiy Berezka (Kyiv Oblast)
As Mircea Lucescu noted after the match, in the first half Metalurh caused Shakhtar enough problems. Of course, first of all it was due to the quality defensive performance of the Zaporizhya side. Donetsk failed to score in the first half. Although, despite the fact that the opponents were trying to block every space, the Pitmen still had chances to take the lead. In the opening stages, Bernard failed to hit the target, with Borovyk pulling the ball from under the crossbar after Srna’s scoring attempt. Then, the goalkeeper of Metalurh parried away the ball shot by Marlos, with Teixeira firing it just inches from the post...
A goal scored by Shakhtar was a logical development of events. The goal was scored on 56 minutes, when Marlos received Bernard’s pass, beat two opponents and sent it home. After that, Metalurh just fell apart, with the visitors giving their winning score an even more lopsided look. Teixeira sealed a brace 90 seconds later owing to two assists by Srna. Shortly before the final whistle, Wellington finished off an excellent move orchestrated by absolutely all the Brazilians of Shakhtar present on the pitch then, making it 0-4.
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