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Shakhtar vs Sevilla: player comments

Friday, April 29, 2016



Donetsk team reflect on the Europa League semi-finals first leg

Darijo Srna, Shakhtar captain:

- My previous semi-final cards have expired, so I can take part in the next game. Now let’s dwell on the game. In the first half we were stronger, with Sevilla proving stronger in the second one. We must have decided it all during the first 45 minutes. We had more scoring chances, but, unfortunately we gave one away. In the second half of the meeting, we had a psychological and physical decline. Sevillа changed their tactics and felt more confident. But we fought to the end. All our players wanted to win, giving their maximum! After conceding a goal, we got focused, showed our mettle and some good football, attacking all the time and having to score more. At the moment Sevilla have more chances, but we will not give up. We will go to Spain and just fight. You know that Shakhtar beat their opponents away, why not repeat the same thing against Sevilla then. As for the penalty case, I asked Facundo, and he said that there was a touch. Well, we cannot change anything now. We must prepare further, since everything is possible in football. I believe in my team, we can achieve a good result away. Maybe the 2-2 scoreline in our third meeting against Sevilla is lucky for us, let’s see it.

Marlos, Shakhtar midfielder:

- In fact, I’m very happy to have provided an assist and scored. But, unfortunately, this is not the result we were looking forward to. We failed to retain the win.

The result of this match makes Sevilla the favourites, as they have netted two away goals
The result of this match makes Sevilla the favourites, as they have netted two away goals. This fact notwithstanding, we are able to showcase some better football in the return match and win. We have repeatedly succeeded at that in our previous games.