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U21. Shakhtar vs Olimpik: preview

Friday, April 15, 2016



In the match of the U21 Ukrainian League 22nd round, Shakhtar will play at home against Olimpik Donetsk. We bring you the match preview

April 16, Shchaslyve, Knyazha Arena stadium, 16:00


Shakhtar reserve team will play their next match against the opponents holding the eighth position in the standings. Olimpik belong to the league’s classical middle teams, although last season, the U21 league debutants claimed the last, 14th spot. Nevertheless, in the first half of the current league season, the team kept closer to the leading pack. In the last three rounds, the Olympians have not been consistent: they claimed a 3-1 home win against Volyn and lost 0-1 to Vorskla, also losing points away after playing the underdogs Hoverla (1-1), with the Donetsk team equalizing in stoppage time.

Before the match

The game will be held on the grass pitch. Prior to that, Miguel Cardoso’s side played three of the four meetings of the spring part of the season on synthetic pitch, while this kind of flooring, by the way, is regular for Olimpik. In the standings, the Pitmen share the top spot with Dynamo, with both teams being six points in front of the chasers Dnipro. In the previous round, Shakhtar claimed a difficult 4-2 away victory over Stal reserve side. The visitor were twice losing in course of the meeting, however, they managed to reverse the situation on the field. Danil SahutkinOleksandr PikhalyonokGiorgi Arabidze and Oleksandr Zubkov put their names on the scoresheet for Shakhtar. After earning a red card, Denys Arendaruk will not play in the game against Olimpik due to suspension.

Referee – Vitaliy Romanov (Dnipropetrovsk)
Assistant referees – Valentyn Kutsev, Maksym Chos (both from Kyiv)
Fourth official – Denys Shurman (Kyiv oblast)
Referee observer – Serhiy Dzyuba (Kyiv)

Match background

In the first round match, Shakhtar defeated the fellow countrymen of Olimpik 4-1, and this meeting was held in Bila Tserkla. The top league scorer Andriy Boryachuk grabbed a hat-trick for Shakhtar, with another goal scored by Oleksandr Pikhalyonok. In the league season, the games against the Olympians were nor easy for Shakhtar, who managed to escape the defeat in the end of the away match (1-1); in the second round game, the charges of Miguel Cardoso managed to break the resistance of the outsiders just after the break.
The top league scorer Andriy Boryachuk grabbed a hat-trick for Shakhtar
Interesting facts

The leader among the U21 league’s top scorers (18 goals), Shakhtar striker Andriy Boryarchuk has not been able to score in the four games in a row.

The mentor of the Olimpik reserve team Denys Khomutov is Shakhtar graduate. Back in November 2013, he headed the Olympians’ Academy.

In the current season, Olimpik have suffered five major defeats, whereas Shakhtar claimed three major victories.

The meeting Shakhtar vs Olimpik will be refereed by the team of officials headed by Vitaliy Romanov, who has officiated at three games of Shakhtar U 21 team this season. On all occasions, the charges of Cardoso won.