Shakhtar vs Anderlecht: preview
At the stage of the Europa League last 16, Shakhtar will face Anderlecht. We are bringing you the preview of the first match.
March 10, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 20:00
Live broadcast on TV channels Ukraina and Futbol 1
Before the match
At the previous stage of the competition the Pitmen faced Schalke (0:0 in Lviv and away win 3:0). Anderlecht beat Olimpiakos in the last 32, clinching a win in the second match in Piraeus in extra time.
In the upcoming game, because of suspension, two midfielders of Shakhtar - Fred and Taras Stepanenko – will miss the game. When talking to reporters before the match, Mircea Lucescu has said that he believes in the players who will take to the field.
Referee of the match - Arthur Dias (Portugal)
Assistant referees - Bertinu Miranda, Rui Tavares (both - Portugal)
Additional assistant referees - Joao Pinheiro, Cosme Machado (both - Portugal)
Fourth official - Bruno Rodrigues (Portugal)
Referee observer - Layek Bertrand (France)
On the eve of the match Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi noted that Leander Dendoker won’t play against Shakhtar. It is also known about the injuries Leia-Iseki and Obradovic, but these players are not key footballers for the Belgian team. Unlike Andy Najar, who was regularly featured in the previous games of the Europa League. Participation of the Honduras player is in question - a decision regarding him will be taken directly on Thursday.
It should be noted that Anderlecht were defeated in a match of the 29th round of the Belgian league with Mouscron. The Brussels’ team are sitting in third place in the standings. They will play the league playoffs, which will feature six teams.
Shakhtar will play the ninth match against Belgian clubs and the first - against Anderlecht.
Shakhtar have scored 299 goals in European competitions.