Istanbul Basaksehir vs Shakhtar: Pitmen's comments

Friday, August 19, 2016

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The players of the Donetsk team reflect on their win in Istanbul

Oleksandr Kucher, Shakhtar defender:

– We could have decided the outcome of the match in the first half. We scored two goals, controlled the game, and did not allow the opponents to create any chances. After the half-time, we started making mistakes in passing. The opponents took advantage, scored a penalty, and felt confident. On the whole, we had a confident match, it ended well for us. In the second leg we need to add and show the strength of Shakhtar. Of course, this is a positive result for us, but we cannot afford to relax. 
Overall we had a good first half. After the half-time, we were possibly a bit tired. In the second half both sides could have scored and conceded
Viktor Kovalenko, Shakhtar midfielder:

– It does not matter who scores. What matters is which team wins. Of course, I am used to scoring with a kick, but in that situation Taras Stepanenko made a cross right onto my head, and the ball ended in the net. Overall we had a good first half. After the half-time, we were possibly a bit tired. In the second half both sides could have scored and conceded. We now have a little bit better chance of advancing to the group stage, but the return leg will show.