Oleksandriya vs Shakhtar: players’ view

Players of the Donetsk have reflected on the game with Oleksandriya.

Dentinho, Shakhtar midfielder:

- I have not played for a long time, so I am very happy that I managed to score today! Plus I made a goal assist. I'm glad to have helped the team. In general, today we played well. But when the score became 3-1, we relaxed a little, because of this, unfortunately, we conceded a goal in the end of the game... I would note that the match was tough today; there was a lot of individual duels. But the important thing is that we managed to win and get the three points.

Darijo Srna, Shakhtar captain:

- We were expecting a tough match, we knew that our opponents were going into the game with a very good attitude. I remember five or six years ago, we played in Oleksandriya and won with the same score. And it was a very difficult match too, as far as I remember Rakytskyy was sent off too. Today, Shakhtar could have scored more goals: from the middle of the first half, Oleksandriya were reduced to ten men. Plus, when the score was 3-1, the referee could have awarded a penalty kick: in that episode, the ball hit the hand. But it was a difficult situation. Sometimes it happens when we're playing against a very good team with a great attitude, the referee makes mistakes not in our favour. But in any case the most important thing is a victory. Oleksandriya showed very good football. I'm sure no one will take points here if Oleksandriya continue to play well.

Alex Teixeira, Shakhtar midfielder:

- It was a really difficult match, but we were ready for it. The opponents were sitting deep in defence and only occasionally counterattacked. But most importantly, we managed to win and take three points. Although after the game Mister was dissatisfied, but that's okay: Mircea Lucescu is a person who always wants to win, wants the team to always give their best. Perhaps, in this game, we have not completely done it, but, again, we won - and this is the most important thing.