Miami City 0-5 Shakhtar

On 27 January, the Pitmen played a friendly match with Miami City.

January 27, 2016. Miami. FIU Soccer Stadium. Att: 200. 26C.

Miami City (Miami, USA) 0-5 Shakhtar (Donetsk, Ukraine)

Goals: 0:1 Ferreyra (5), 0:2 Ferreyra (11), 0:3 Zubkov (24), 0:4 Boyarchuk (77), 0:5 Boryachuk (78)

Miami City: Eshvud (Murillo, 51), Torres, Koyffik, Herve Bato, Colin (Del Rio, 51), Patrick Lopes, Ojeda (Fernandez, 19), Alvares, Francescoli (Gonzalez, 51), Perez (c), (Ojeda, 66), Frank Lopez (Suarez, 51)

Head Coach: Eloy Vagneu

Shakhtar: Kanibolotskyy (Sarnavskyy, 57), Srna (c), (Matvienko, 46), Kryvtsov, Ordets, Ismaily (Shevchuk, 46), Malyshev (Rakytskyy, 61), Korobenko (Kobin, 46), Arabidze Kovalenko, Zubkov (Boryachuk, 46), Ferreyra (Gladkyy, 46)

Head Coach: Mircea Lucescu

Booked: Suarez (73)

Sending off: Shevchuk (82)

Referee: Winston O'Connor (USA)

Before match

Shakhtar played their final game at the training camp in USA against the club Miami City, who represent the American Premier Development League and who closely cooperate with PSG academy.

First half

The Pitmen’s starting line-up proved to be experimental, it featured only one Brazilian player (Ismaily) and a group of young players. As early as on 5 minutes, the Pitmen’s attack led to a goal: Oleksandr Zubkov, who was inside the penalty area, made a pass into the path of Darijo Srna before the latter drilled a cross for Facundo Ferreyra to easily beat the opposition goalkeeper from close range. After six minutes, he made a brace in a similar episode: Srna played the ball to the left to Giorgi Arabidze, who crossed to the far post for the Argentine player to make it 2-0. It was Ferreyra’s fourth goal at the training camp in USA, which made him the team’s top scorer, who, actually, has played more often than others – in all six games.

The Pitmen continued attacking. Arabidze could have scored after his shot from the edge of the penalty area, but on 24 minutes the Pitmen extended their lead further. Viktor Kovalenko beat the offside trap before feeding Zubkov, who went on to score an easy finish to make it 3-0. Soon it was Ismaily, who had a chance – his shot after a great combination was parried away by the goalkeeper. The hosts rarely troubled Anton Kanibolotskyy, and the Pitmen’s goalkeeper virtually had no work. Arabidze, in turn, wasted another chance, after firing the ball again wide from a good situation. The first half ended with the Pitmen’s three-goal lead.

Second half

During the break, Mircea Lucescu made five changes, fielding Vasyl Kobin, Mykola Matvienko, Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Andriy Boryachuk and Oleksandr Gladkyy. A little later it was Bohdan Sarnavskyy and Yaroslav Rakytskyy, who was deployed as a holding midfielder. The Pitmen continued dominating proceedings, and on 59 minutes, Gladkyy should have scored, but missed the target after a run and great back heel flick-on to Boryachuk. Soon Shevchuk created a scoring opportunity for Boryachuk, but hit the defender while shooting goal wards from close range.

On 77 minutes, Shevchuk again joined attack and it led to a goal: the Pitmen’s defender beat the opponent before making a cross from a byline to the far post for Gladkyy to head the ball to Boryachuk, who scored an easy finish. After literally a minute, Boryachuk responded to a long ball from Kobin, skipped past the onrushing goalkeeper before sending the ball into the net from outside the penalty area and surrounded by the opposition defenders to make it 5-0. In the next attacking move Boryachuk fed Kovalenko, who was handed the captain’s armband, but the midfielder sent the ball over the cross bar.

In the closing stages of the game, the hosts looked more energetic , on 82 minutes, Shevchuk was sent off for a dangerous tackle. Then, Sarnavskyy made a save after a set play. The hosts tried to score a consolation goal but the score line remained unchanged until the final whistle.