Young Boys v Shakhtar: preview

Tuesday, August 2, 2016



In the Champions League third qualifying round return leg, the Pitmen will take on Young Boys. We bring you the meeting preview

August 3, Bern, Stade de Suisse, 21:15

Before the match

To advance to the next round, it would be enough for the Orange-and-Blacks to retain the lead they gained in Lviv a week ago. On July 26, Shakhtar beat the Swiss side 2-0.

On the eve of their departure to Switzerland, the Pitmen trained on a synthetic field in the village of Schaslyve. The injured Anton Kanibolotskyi and Bernard do not prepare for the match. Meanwhile, Vyacheslav Shevchuk is back with the main group. Paulo Fonseca has included 21 players in the squad list for the game in Bern.

Referee – Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant referees - Guillaume Debart, Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Fourth official - Benoit Millot (FRA)
UEFA referee observer - Patrick Kelly (FRA)
On July 26, Shakhtar beat the Swiss side 2-0

Compared to the first leg, Young Boys are going to showcase the totally different football at home. The synthetic pitch of the Stade de Suisse, being well familiar to Adi Hütter’s team, can partially help the Swiss side in that matter.

Due to the knee injury in the first leg against Shakhtar, Alexander Gerndt will miss the second leg as he faces a surgery. Besides him, Benito and Seferi are still unavailable.

We want to note that on July 30, Young Boys had a Swiss League Matchday 2 game. The Yellow-and-Blacks suffered a 1-2 home defeat to Lugano (with  Hoarau scoring for the Bees).

Adi Hütter, Young Boys head coach:

- In spite of everything, we will try to use our chance. We need to play a perfect match in order to win. We believe in our strengths, so we are looking forward to the game against Shakhtar.

Steve von Bergen, Young Boys captain:

- We are facing a tough clash. In the first match we suffered a 0-2 defeat, but in football everything is possible. We will try to do on the field everything to claim a positive result.

Match background

The only official match ended in a 2-0 win for Shakhtar. The teams also had 7 friendly meetings. The Pitmen had 4 wins, the Swiss side won twice, plus one draw. The goal difference in friendly games: 17-12 in favour of the Orange-and-Blacks.


Donetsk’s European competition goal-scoring run lasted 8 games (18 goals).

Young Boys are the Pitmen’s fifth Swiss opponents in European competitions.

Leave your prediction for the Young Boys vs Shakhtar game in the Guess the Score contest. Following the results in July and August, the winner will be awarded a Shakhtar jersey, while the other prize winners will receive gifts from the club and Nike.