Shakhtar vs Braga: preview

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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In the Europa League quarter-final return leg, Shakhtar will meet with Braga, Portugal. We bring you the match promo

April 14, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 22:05
Live broadcast on Ukraina and Futbol 1 TV channels

Before the match

In Braga, the Pitmen made a step towards reaching the next round by scoring two away goals and conceding just one. Mircea Lucescu pointed out that the result was minimal and very dangerous, he also stressed that he was expecting a tough match in Lviv.

Because of excessive yellow cards earned, Yaroslav Rakits’kyy will be missing the encounter with Braga. At the same time, after being suspended, Oleksandr Kucher, who did not play in Portugal, is returning. And Shakhtar midfielder Taison, who was missing on Sunday’s squad list for the game vs Stal, has taken part in the pre-match press conference and prepared for playing with the rest of the team.

Referee – Pavlo Kralovec (Czech Republic)
Assistant referees – Roman Slishko (Slovakia), Martin Wilczek (Czech Republic)
Additional assistant referees – Peter Ardelyanu, Michal Pathak (both from Czech Republic)
Fourth official – Mokrush Tomas (Czech Republic)
Referee observer – Levan Paniashvili (Georgia)

Opponents

The Portuguese side’s coach Paulo Fonseca brought 20 players to Lviv. Bajano and Pedro Santos are not on the roster (both played for 90 minutes in the game vs Shakhtar in Braga a week ago). However, Vukcevic, Andre Pinto and Marcelo Goiano are back. Most likely, the latter in the absence of Bajano will play at right back, with Djavan operating at left back.

Match background

Shakhtar and Braga had three competitive games (2 in the Champions League and 1 in the Europa League). The Pitmen won three times. The goal difference is 7-1.

Previous meeting

The first quarter-final match in Braga ended 2- 1 in favour of Shakhtar. Donetsk went in front on 45 minutes after a goal by Rakyts’kyy. In the second half, Ferreyra doubled the Pitmen’s lead. The home side managed to pull one back on 89 minutes (Wilson Eduardo scored).

Donetsk went in front on 45 minutes after a goal by Rakyts’kyy
Interesting facts

Darijo Srna has a good chance of making his 486th app for Shakhtar and set a new club record.

Taras Stepanenko might make his 150th appearance for Shakhtar.

Eduardo has amassed 49 goals for the Pitmen in all competitions.