Oleksandriya vs Shakhtar: preview

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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In the Cup semi-final first leg, the Pitmen are taking on Oleksandriya. We bring the match preview to your attention

April 20, Oleksandriya, Nika, 19:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 1 TV channel

Before the match

Shakhtar continue to compete in three tournaments. Having made it past Vorskla Poltava in the Cup quarter-finals, the Orange-Blacks are to meet twice with Oleksandriya in the semi-finals. The first meeting will take place on the field of Vladimir Sharan’s team.

This season, Shakhtar and Oleksandriya have managed to play two games in the league. In the 1st round, Alex Teixeira brought his side a win. And in November, the teams met on the Nika pitch, with the Donetsk team claiming a 3-2 win.

Due to suspension, Shakhtar defender Ivan Ordets is missing the upcoming cup meeting.

Referee - Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Khmelnytskyi)
Assistant referees - Oleh Pluzhnyk (Kharkiv), Natalya Rachynska (Kyiv)
Fourth official - Mykola Balakin (Kyiv oblast)
Referee observer - Volodymyr Petrov (Kharkiv)
In the 1st round, Alex Teixeira brought his side a win

Opponents

Oleksandriya are one of the discoveries of the current season. Climbing up to the top flight, the team enjoy  confident league run, aspiring to make it to the Europa League, having every chance to do so. At the moment, Oleksandriya sit in the 6th spot in the standings, being six points ahead of Stal.

In the Ukrainian Cup, Oleksandriya have surpassed Avanhard Kramatosk, as well as Zvezda Kyrovohrad and Dynamo Kyiv. The previous round success in the Ukrainian league gives the charges of Vladimir Sharan enthusiasm and self-confidence.

We want to note that the suspended Artem Chornyi will miss the game against Shakhtar.

Match background

The teams met twice in the Ukrainian Cup. Both times, Shakhtar did not play away. Donetsk boasts two wins with an aggregate goal difference of 5-1.

Previous Cup meeting

In the 2008/09 season, Shakhtar were drawn against Oleksandriya at the Last 8 stage. Mircea Lucescu's team took the lead 34 minutes after a spot goal by Seleznyov. But the home team quickly responded with the precision effort by Kazanyuk. Shakhter played the entire second half attacking, and in the second injury-time minute, Shakhtar’s advantage embodied into a goal by Gladkyy. The result is a 2-1 win.

In the second injury-time minute, Shakhtar’s advantage embodied into a goal by Gladkyy
Interesting facts

Shakhtar boast 17 goals in the current Ukrainian Cup season.

Shakhtar goal have been intact for 503 minutes in the away Cup meetings.

Average Cup performance of Oleksandriya is 1.6 goals per game, of Shakhtar - 3.4 goals.