Shakhtar vs Oleksandriya: journey into history
Our traditional retrospective journey into history is dedicated to the Pitmen’s home games against Oleksandriya (formerly known as Poligraftekhnika), which were played 14 and 4 seasons ago.
14 years ago
Ukrainian League 2001/02. 3rd round. July 20, 2001. Donetsk. CS Shakhtar. 23,000 spectators
Shakhtar 2-1 (1-0) Poligraftekhnika
Goals: 1-0 Vorobei (12’), 1-1 Chuichenko (61’, pen.), 2-1 Aghahowa (84’)
Shakhtar: Virt, Starostyak, Tymoshchuk, Aliuta, Bakharev (Belik - 63’), Zubkov (c), Vorobei, Ndiaye, Aghahowa, Lewandowski (Konyushenko - 63’), Okoronkwo
Head coach: Viktor Prokopenko
Highlight of the match
This meeting could be called historic as back on July 20, 2001, Shakhtar and Poligraftekhnika met for the first time. However, this fact did not prevent the top flight newcomers from giving the Donetsk side a run for their money.
Man of the match - Julius Aghahowa
The Nigerian striker brought victory to the team, heading home a right-wing cross by Andriy Vorobei. Julius also stood out in a negative way. Half a minute away from the final whistle, he caused a fight with a Poligraftekhnika player, for which both were sent off.
4 years ago
Ukrainian League 2011/12. 30th round. May 10, 2012. Donetsk. Donbass Arena. Att.: 49,317
Shakhtar 3-0 (2-0) Oleksandriya
Goals: 1-0 Willian (15’), 2- 0 Mkhitaryan (28’), 3-0 Seleznyov (56’)
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Hubschman (Teixeira - 58’), Fernandinho, Costa (Eduardo - 64’), Mkhitaryan, Willian (Dentinho - 46’) Seleznyov
Head coach: Mircea Lucescu
Highlight of the match
Beating Oleksandriya, the Pitmen have claimed the Ukrainian League title for the third time in a row. Besides, they set the club goal-scoring record - 80 goals in the domestic premiership. After the final whistle, a grand show and honouring the winners kicked off at the Donbass Arena.
Man of the match - Yevhen Seleznyov
The goal scored against Oleksandriya allowed the Donetsk side’s striker to become the country’s top scorer for the second time in a row. 14 goals were notched by Yevhen Seleznyov in the 2011/12 season.
Quote of the match - Mircea Lucescu:
- Both in today's match and in other games of our team, it's been hard to evaluate our team's defence. Even today, at the score of 3-0, the opponents just parked the bus in their box and, by and large, did not pose any danger to our defenders and the goalkeeper. I could note that just offensively our central defenders looked particularly good.
This is a reminder that Shakhtar vs Oleksandriya game kicks off at 17:00 at the Arena Lviv on July 19. Tickets for the game can be purchased online on the official site of FC Shakhtar as well as at the stadium’s ticket office.