Shakhtar are in the Europa League!

Thursday, August 25, 2016



In the return leg of the Europa League play-off round Shakhtar received Istanbul Basaksehir

UEFA Europa League 2016/17. Play-off round. Second leg.

August 25, 2016. Lviv. Arena Lviv. Att. 7,014. 22 degrees.

Shakhtar (Donetsk, Ukraine) 2-0 (1-0) Istanbul Basaksehir (Istanbul, Turkey) 

Goals: 1-0 Attamah (22, o.g.), 2-0 Marlos (71, p.)

Pyatov, Srna (c), Kucher, Rakitskyy, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Fred (Malyshev, 72), Kovalenko (Nem, 83), Marlos, Taison, Ferreyra (Eduardo, 77)

Unused subs: Shevchenko, Butko, Dentinho, Ordets
Head coach: 
Paulo Fonseca

Istanbul Basaksehir: 
Babakan, Öztorun, Rotman, Belözoğlu (c) (Holmén, 28), Epureanu, Albayrak, Attamah, Ünder, Özmert (Mossoró, 78), Alkılıç (Uçar, 46), Çikalleshi

Unused subs: Ceylan, Ayhan, Višća, Doka 

Head coach: Abdullah Avci

Booked: Fred (36), Rotman (59), Albayrak (64), Uçar (69), Holmén (78), Mossoró (83), Eduardo (85)

Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Before the match

Paulo Fonseca in his 10th match as the head coach of Shakhtar fielded the same line-up in the return leg against the Turkish club as the one in the away game in Istanbul. 

First half

The match began at slow pace. Since the first minutes the Orange-and-Blacks captured the territorial advantage, playing the ball and trying to conduct positional attacks. First threats at the Istanbul Basaksehir's goal took place in the 13th minute, when the Ismaily easily took care of his opponent and made an attempt to the near corner. The guest team's goalkeeper deflected the ball to a corner. Soon the Pitmen have succeeded, but the referee marked a foul by Facundo Ferreyra, who headed the ball into the net after a tackle with a defender. And on 22 minutes, Shakhtar scored am opener. Ismaily made a powerful cross, and Attamah ricocheted the ball into his own net. In the time remaining before the break the ball mostly stayed in the midfield. Though the Turks began acting more aggressively, they did not manage to trouble Andriy Pyatov - the Pitmen easily negated all the opponents' efforts.

And on 22 minutes, Shakhtar scored am opener. Ismaily made a powerful cross, and Attamah ricocheted the ball into his own net. In the time remaining before the break the ball mostly stayed in the midfield
Second half

On 52 minutes Marlos showed individual play, beating two opponents in the penalty box, but the Brazilian's pass was intercepted by the goalkeeper. Soon Taison checked Babakan's reflexes from a distance, but again with no luck. Once again Marlos had a real chance but his curve ball was parried by the goalkeeper. Fred made a similar attempt, but the numbers on the scoreboard remained the same. Nevertheless, the Orange-and-Blacks managed to score the second goal. Marlos was awarded a penalty which he successfully realized. After that Paulo Fonseca made a series of substitutions, releasing fresh Maksym MalyshevEduardo and Wellington Nem. In the last 20 minutes the Pitmen could have scored twice, but Facundo Ferreyra did not convert a great pass from Yaroslav Rakitskyy that send him one-on-one with the keeper, and on 88 minutes Darijo Srna, being in a great striking position, hit the crossbar from close up.
Marlos was awarded a penalty which he successfully realized
The final whistle marked Shakhtar's confident 2-0 win. On Friday, August 26, Shakhtar will find out their opponents in the group stage of the Europa League. The draw will take place at 2 pm Kyiv time.

On August 28,  Paulo Fonseca's squad will play an away game against Stal Kamianka in the Ukrainian Premier League. The kick-off is at 7:30 pm.