Sion vs Shakhtar: match report

On July 7, the Pitmen faced met with Sion.

Valais Cup 2015

July 7, 2015. Switzerland. Saviese. Saint-Germain stadium. 27 degrees

Sion (Sion, Switzerland) - Shakhtar (Donetsk, Ukraine) - 3:2 (3:2)

Goals: 1:0 Ziegler (21), 1:1 Teixeira (22), 2:1 Salatic (37, pen.), 3:1 Konate, 3:2 Teixeira (45+1)

Missed penalty: Teixeira (45)

Sion: Vanin, Ziegler (Lacroix, 46), Kouassi, Salatic (Sierro, 63), Zeman (Akolo, 63), Konate (Assifua, 63), Zhane, Vontsak, Carlitos (Christofi, 63), Zverotic (Ryufli 63), Fernandez (Ramirez, 63)

Head coach: Didier Tolo

Shakhtar: Pyatov (Sarnavskiy 46), Srna (c), (Kobin, 75), Kucher (Ordets 73), Rakitskiy (Volovyk, 80), Azevedo (Ismaily, 46), Stepanenko, Dentinho (Malyshev, 68), Marlos (Karavayev 75), Teixeira, Taison (Gryn, 80), Hladkyi (Ferreyra, 46)

Substitutes: Kanibolotskiy, Sarnavskiy, Shevchuk, Sabol, Ordets, Malyshev, Tankovskyi, Bolbat

Head coach: Mircea Lucescu

Booked: Dentinho (11), Kucher (45), Konate (45)
Referee: Sascha Amof (Switzerland)

Before match

Mircea Lucescu fielded Azevedo for the first time in the starting line-up during summer pre-season. Marlos is gradually cementing his place in the starting eleven, with Hladkyi spearheading the attack. With the return of Darijo Srna from holiday, the captain’s armband got back from Alex Teixeira to the Croatian player.

First half

The Pitmen dominated possession straight from the opening minutes, but every time our players would encounter the opposition pressing. Sion mostly operated on the counterattacks. Such a game soon brought fruit for the Swiss side. Kuassi flicked the ball into the penalty area, Ziegler rushed into there before firing a powerful shot into the corner of the net. Shakhtar immediately responded with a shot from Teixeira following a cross from Hladkyi – 1-1. On 37 minutes, the referee signalled a Srna foul, awarding a penalty kick. Salatic converted the penalty kick. Sion cemented their lead after four minutes. This time Konate headed in a cross from Janje from the left flank. In the end of the first half, Vontsak fouled on Stepanenko inside the penalty area. Teixeira struck a penalty kick, but the referee guessed the direction of the shot right. After that, the Pitmen worked a corner: Taison delivered a cross to the far post – Teixeira directed the ball into the net to make it 3-2.

Second half

After the break, Sion started attacking more and operated more aggressively in the attack. Konate had  a great opportunity score, but hit the goal post, and Sarnavskyi covered the ball on the rebound. The Pitmen organised a dangerous move on 57 minutes. Srna drilled a cross from the flank, Teixeira let Taison pick up the ball, but a shot following the Brazilian’s strike flew wide. Vontsak troubled the Pitmen’s fans on 74 minutes, after heading the ball goal wards after a corner kick, - Rakitskiy cleared the ball from the goal line. As the end of the match was nearing, Shakhtar got more energetic. Mircea Lucescu’s team managed to come inside the penalty zone of the Swiss team on many occasions, but the opponents cleared the danger.

We would like to remind you that on 9 July Shakhtar will face Basel in the second match of the Valais Cup 2015.