U19. Malmo 5-5 Shakhtar

In the UEFA Youth League, Shakhtar U19 played an away game with Malmo.

UEFA Youth League. Group stage. 3rd round

October 21, 2015. Malmo. Malmo Idrottsplats. 13 degrees

Malmo U19 (Malmo, Sweden) - Shakhtar U19 (Donetsk, Ukraine) - 5:5 (2:1)

Goals: 0:1 Topalov (13), 1:1 Bergquist (16), 2:1 Fredin Stojanovic (27), 3:1 M. Andersson (46), 3:2 Zubkov (53), 4:2 Hadzhikadunic (59), 4:3 Arabidze (61), 4:4 Boyarchuk (62), 5:4 Pykhalyonok (80, own goal), 5:5 Pykhalyonok (87)

Malmo: M. Johansson, M. Andersson, Hadzhikadunic, Verngren, Kerhan, Stojanovic-Fredin (Stagova, 84), Brannefalk, Svanberg, E. Andersson, Bergkvist (Redzhic, 45), Karaman

Substitutions: Kristensson, Kristjansson, Kralj, Olsson-Lundgren, Adrian

Head coach: Anders Palmer

Shakhtar: Romanov, Matvienko, Shevchenko, Yakimets (Putrya, 78), Senitskiy, Korobenko, Pikhalyonok, Topalov, Arabidze, Boyarchuk, Zubkov

Substitutions: Dubrovin, Semenikhin, Avagimyan, Khachaev, Sukhaninskiy, Bugay

Head coach: Serhiy Kovalyov

Booked: E. Andersson (26)

Referee: Svein-Erik Edvardsen (Norway)

Before match

At the start of the UEFA Youth League group stage, the Pitmen suffered two defeats, and the Swedish team played an away draw with PSG (0-0) and secured a 1-0 home win over Real Madrid (1-0). The Ukrainian U19 league’s top scorer Andriy Boryachuk was back to action for the Pitmen, and for Giorgi Arabidze, this match was a debut one for the competition.

First half

In the opening stages of the game, the teams exchanged with dangerous chances, and then the Pitmen took full control of the game. Dmytro Topalov could have opened the scoring but his shot was blocked by the defender, and Boryachuk missed the target. But on 12 minutes, the visitors managed to score a goal: Arabidze made a great diagonal pass to Oleksandr Zubkov, who darted into the penalty area. The midfielder’s shot was parried away by the opposition goalkeeper but the ball bounced straight to Topalov, who sent into the net to make it 0-1.

The hosts tried to get back into the game very quickly, when at the edge of the penalty area Shakhtar’s defenders left Bergkvist unmarked. However, the Pitmen continued attacking and looked better than the opponents. Arabidze won a dangerous free kick – Boryachuk fired the ball just over the crossbar. On 27 minutes, the Swedish team unexpectedly too the lead: Stojanovic-Fredin hit the top corner of the net to make it 2-1. The hosts took a lot of long range shots, and Zubkov had two great chances: on both occasions the ball flew just wide of the post.

Second half

As soon as the second half started, our team conceded their third goal after a corner kick. However, soon the Pitmen responded with a successfully taken free kick. Energetic Arabidze won another free kick before taking a dangerous shot over the wall, the goalkeeper failed to hold onto the ball only for Zubkov to seize on the rebound to make it 3-2. After some minutes, Arabidze’s shot flew just wide of the goal post.

After an hour played the Swedish team again scored after a corner kick taking advantage of sloppy play by Shakhtar’s defender. However, after a minute, Arabidze took a shot from outside the penalty area, and the ball flew into the net. The Pitmen’s next attack again brought a goal: Zubkov made a pass to Boryachuk, who skipped past the opponent inside the penalty area before firing a shot into the corner of the net to make it 4-4. In the next attack, Boryachuk could have sealed his brace, but the forward’s shot hit the goal post. Arabidze took a dangerous shot but the ball flew just wide.
The game calmed down a little, and then again became intensive, leading to an end-to-end game. On 80 minutes, Malmo again scored from a corner. However, Shakhtar managed to get back into the game. Arabidze, who had an excellent game, took two shots – the opposition goalkeeper made a save. And soon Oleksandr Pykhalyonok was left unmarked in front of goal to send the ball into the roof of the net to make it 5-5! Boryachuk could have brought Shakhtar a win, who bore down in the closing stages of the match before being brought down by Malmo’s defender. The referee waved play on.

Thus, Serhiy Kovalyov’s charges got their first point at the group stage. PSG are topping the standings after hammering Real Madrid 4-1 to claim 7 points. Malmo have two points less. The Pitmen will play their next UEFA Youth League on 3 November.