Shakhtar vs Piast: player views

Players of the Donetsk team have reflected on the victory over Piast.

Viktor Kovalenko, Shakhtar midfielder:

- It is good that we have won. We faced very strong opponents. They fought, it was a tough game. I was also hit once! I hit my shoulder, but everything seems to be fine. I am very familiar with a position in which I acted today. I was playing there at the World Championships and in the UEFA Youth League. It was nice to score twice. In the first episode Facundo passed the ball, I took a left-footed shot to send the ball into the corner of the net. In the second episode, Taras Stepanenko made a very good pass. On the whole, I am pleased with my actions, but to be honest, it was possible to play even better!

Eduardo, Shakhtar forward:

- Training is going well. Today, we have demonstrated good physical form and confidently defeated the skilled team from Poland. I am glad that we managed to score! Partners asked me to take a free kick, because I practiced a lot of shots from that position. I saw the goalkeeper moving to the centre, so I hit the ball right into the corner. Bad, of course, it is bad that we conceded the opener. At 0-0, we need to be more concentrated, as one goal can decide the outcome of the match. But we responded well, scoring three goals against Piast! We feel that our physical condition is improving every day. Two weeks left before the match with Schalke. We will prepare. The most important thing is to avoid injuries.

Ismaily, Shakhtar defender:

- It was a difficult match against top level opponents. Five days without training take their toll. Only yesterday, after a long trip, we arrived in Spain, but in spite of this, we showed character and won! I would like to highlight today's game by Viktor Kovalenko. He is a very talented player, who benefits the team. I think in the future, he will be much talked about in Europe. I am confident that he will show his best qualities in the national team too.