Draw: whom will Shakhtar play with?
Beating Schalke in the second away match 3-0, the Pitmen have booked their place in the Europa League last 16. According to the regulations of the tournament, at this stage, the draw does not involve seeded teams, and representatives from the same association will not be separated. The team, whose ball will be taken out of the pot first, will begin the two-legged game at home.
Thus, one of the 15 clubs may become the Pitmen’s opponents:
Athletic (Bilbao, Spain)
Bayer (Leverkusen, Germany)
Borussia (Dortmund, Germany)
Manchester United (England)
Sparta (Prague, Czech Republic)
Only three of the possible opponents - Villarreal, Liverpool and Anderlecht - previously faced Shakhtar in European competitions. The Pitmen have already faced Fenerbahce this season - in the Champions League qualification. In Istanbul, the teams played a 0-0 draw, and in Lviv, the Donetsk team won 3-0 (goals scored by Oleksandr Gladkyy, Darijo Srna and Alex Teixeira).
With other potential opponents, the Pitmen often met in the Champions League, with Borussia Dortmund - twice in the season 2001/02 in the third stage of the preliminary stage and in the last 18 of the season 2012/13. With Basel, Shakhtar played twice in the group stage of the Champions League 2008/09. The Donetsk team claimed two wins, and in the group round of the Intertoto Cup in the season 1996/97 the opponents played out a draw in Basel.
Lazio and Sparta faced Shakhtar in the season 2000/01, in the first Champions League group stage for the team. In the season 2013/14, Bayer and Manchester United faced Shakhtar in the group in which the Donetsk team took third place.
In the season 2006/07 the Pitmen were in the same group as Valencia, and in the season 2014/15, after an away draw with Athletic, the Pitmen lost at home, but still managed to beat the Spaniards in the battle for second place in the playoffs. In the season 2010/11 the Donetsk team confidently beat Braga twice in the group for the first time in the club's history to book their ticket in the playoffs of the Champions League.
With Sevilla, Mircea Lucescu's team faced in the UEFA Cup last 16 in the season 2006/07. But the most pleasant memories of Shakhtar fans are associated with the season 2008-09, when the team won the UEFA Cup. In the last 32, the team beat Tottenham on aggregate.
The draw for the last 16 will take place in Nyon, Switzerland, on February 26, 14:00 Ukrainian time. Matches of this stage are scheduled for 10 and 17 March.