Shakhtar 4-0 Volyn

On November 21, Shakhtar faced Volyn on matchday 15 of the Ukrainian Premier League.

Ukrainian League 2015-16. 15th round

November 21, 2015. Zaporizhzhya. Slavutych Arena. 13 degrees

Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 (3-0) Volyn Lutsk

Goals: 1:0 Marlos (19), 2:0 Ismaily (32), 3:0 Marlos (38), 4:0 Gladkyy (67)

Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Ismaily, Fred, Dentinho, Bernard (Kovalenko, 63), Taison, Marlos (Korobenko, 82), Gladkyy (Eduardo, 70)
Substitutes: Kanibolotskyy, Ordets, Kobin, Nem

Head coach: Mircea Lucescu

Volyn: Shust, Zunic, Bogdanov, Loginov, Polyovyi, Sharpar, Politylo (Shapoval, 89), Kravchenko (Memeshev, 41), Matej, Kobakhidze, Kozban (Gerasimyuk, 76)

Substitutes: Nedilko, Shabanov, Nasonov, Goropevshek

Head coach: Vitaliy Kvartsyanyi

Booked: Polyovyi (35), Bogdanov (42), Dentinho (55), Gerasimyuk (90+2), Shust (90+4)

Referee: Yaroslav Kozyk (Mukachevo)

Before match

In the end of October, Shakhtar hammered Zorya at the stadium 7-1. In the match with Volyn scorers of braces in that match – Alex Teixeira and Taras Stepanenko – did not play due to suspension. After a long absence Andriy Pyatov was stationed in goal, Darijo Srna and Oleksandr Kucher also started the game, they will miss the upcoming game in the Champions League against Real Madrid.

First half

In the debut game the Pitmen created two goal-scoring opportunities: Bernard, who bore down on goal after a long pass from Fred, missed the target, and a shot from Dentinho from close in was blocked by the opposition defender.  The scoring was opened on 19 minutes. Bernard, inside the penalty area, made a pass to Srna, who drilled a cross for Marlos to send the ball into empty net to make it 1-0. The Pitmen continued attacking and on 32 minutes they doubled the lead after a successful corner kick, when the ball bounced to Ismaily and the Brazilian player volleyed a powerful shot into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0.

Shakhtar did not stop and soon extended their lead. The goal was again orchestrated by Srna and Marlos: the Croat passed the ball back to the Brazilian from the byline, who skipped past the defender to beat the goalkeeper – 3-0. The teams went into the break at such score.

Second half

The Pitmen did not rush things, the Lutsk side started appearing more often in the opposition half of the pitch. There were not many scoring chances, and in the middle of the second period, the Pitmen hit the opponents on the break. Marlos advanced with the ball from the right, drifted towards the centre before making pass into the penalty area to Oleksandr Gladkyy  coolly sending the ball into the corner to make it 4-0. Mircea Lucescu made two substitutions, bringing on Viktor Kovalenko and Eduardo, and before the end of the game an 18-year-old Andriy Korobenko made his Ukrainian Premier League debut. Interestingly, a day earlier Korobenko played one half in Schaslyve for the U21 side. Having claimed this win, Shakhtar got 37 points to continue topping the table. The Pitmen will play their next game on 25 November in Lviv against Real Madrid, and after four days the Pitmen will play an away game in Uzhgorod against Hoverla.