Shakhtar vs Malmo: preview

On Matchday 4 of the Champions League, the Pitmen will face Malmo. Wed bring you the preview of the game.

3 November, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 21:45.
Live broadcast Ukraina and Futbol 1 channels


Malmo lost all the chances to win this season’s league title. They finished 5th in the 2015 Swedish league. Last weekend, Malmo suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Norrkoping, who won the title race and will represent Sweden in the Champions League qualification.

For the Pitmen’s opponents, the upcoming game will be crucial. Considering a home win, a positive result in Lviv may make the Swedish team favourites for further competition with Shakhtar in the group. So, there is nowhere to retreat for the Donetsk side. Mircea Lucescu’s charges have to beat Malmo in order to continue their fight for a place in the European competitions in spring.

Before match

Josimar Jotun missed the game between Malmo and Shakhtar in Sweden due to suspension. In Lviv, the defender from Peru will most likely be fielded in the starting line-up. At a pre-match press conference, Malmo’s head coach did not say anything about any player’s unavailability. It is known that second-choice goalkeeper Zlatan Azinovic is yet to recover from injury.

Ahead of the match, Shakhtar held their traditional training session, photos and video of the session can be found on our site.

Referee of the match - Hatsegan Ovidiu (Romania)
Assistant referees - Octavian Chevre, Sebastian Gheorghe (both - Romania)
Additional assistant referees - Alexandru Tudor, Sebastian Koltsesku (both - Romania)
Fourth official - Gingulyak Radu (Romania)
Referee observer - Laszlo Vagner (Hungary)
UEFA Champions League 2015-16. Group stage. 3rd round

Previous game in the Champions League

October 21, 2015. Malmo. Malmö New Stadium. 10C

Malmo (Malmo, Sweden) - Shakhtar (Donetsk, Ukraine) - 1:0 (1:0)

Goal 1:0 Rosenberg (17)

On 56 minutes, Jurjic missed a penalty (goalkeeper)

Malmo: Wieland, Tinnerholm, Arnason, Bengtsson, Konate, Adu, Lewitsky, Kinsman (Rakip, 79), Berget, Rosenberg (c), Jurjic (Mehmeti, 88)

Unused subs: Andersson, Vinnheym, Brorsson, Eikrem, Sanaa

Head coach: Age Hareide

Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), Kucher, Rakytskyy, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos (Eduardo, 71), Teixeira, Bernard, Smooth (Kovalenko, 81)

Unused subs: Kanibolotskyy, Ordets, Dentinho, Wellington, Ferreyra

Head coach: Mircea Lucescu

Booked: Levitsky (33), Bengtsson (43), Rakytskyy (50), Kucher (53), Srna (55), Fred (67), Rosenberg (79)

Referee: Tassos Sidiropoulos (Greece)

In the home game, Malmo managed to cope with Shakhtar’s early pressure and took the lead on 17 minutes: Konate made a run down the left flank before delivering a cross into the centre of the penalty area for Rosenberg to find the target. The Pitmen went forward with doubled motivation, but neither Gladkyy, nor Teixeira, nor Fred managed to score. Pyatov saved a Berget shot from close range before the half time break.

After the break, the Norwegian won a penalty kick for his team. Jurjic stepped up to take a spot kick but Pyatov again played superbly. Bernard and Stepanenko had a chance to score for Shakhtar, but in the first episode Wiland played confidently, and in the second one the ball flew wide of the target. As a result, Malmo won 1-0. After the game, Mircea Lucescu noted that in the second leg Shakhtar will need a win by a 2-goal margin.

Interesting fact

- Taison may play his 50th match in the European competitions (including his games for Metalist and Shakhtar).