Opponents: Dinamo Zagreb
In the next friendly match of the Spanish training camp, Shakhtar will meet with GNK Dinamo Zagreb. The game is to kick off at 20:00 Ukrainian time (EET) on February 5.
The Pitmen’s opponents represent the most titled club in Croatia, the current domestic champions. This season, Dinamo have participated in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, beating in the qualifying round Fola (Luxembourg), Skenderbeu (Albania) and Molde (Norway). In Group F, the Croats competed with Bayern, Arsenal and Olympiacos, scoring 3 points and claiming the bottom spot in the quartet.
At the moment, with 45 points Dynamo are topping the Croatian League table. The team are coached by a 44-year-old Croatian specialist Zoran Mamić, being best known for his performance in the German Bundesliga. We want to add that Shakhtar striker Eduardo used to play for the Zagreb side.
Shakhtar and Dinamo locked horns in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League qualifying round. After the two-legged tie (2-0 in Donetsk and 3-1 in Zagreb), the Pitmen secured the main stage berth. Last winter, the teams met in a friendly game. It ended in a 1-1 draw, with Luiz Adriano scoring a goal for Donetsk.