Shakhtar vs Vorskla: preview

In the Ukrainian Cup quarter-finals return leg, the Pitmen are taking on Vorskla Poltava. We bring to your attention the match preview.

March 27, Kyiv, Obolon-Arena, 17:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 1 TV channel

Before the match

The Pitmen have to prove their superiority, having an advantage of four goals after a confident away victory over Vorskla in the first game. A distinctive feature of the match will be the absence of a large number of Shakhtar players, who have joined their respective national teams. We should also note the injuries of Yaroslav Rakits’kyy and Mykola Matviienko as both of them will not take part in the upcoming game.

Referee – Yuriy Vaks (Khmelnytskyi)
Assistant referees – Yevhen Danilchenko (Luhansk), Denys Shudryk (Simferopol)
Fourth official – Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Khmelnytskyi)
Referee observer – Ihor Khiblin (Khmelnytskyi)


Mircea Lucescu prepares the team for a very important and challenging cup game against the highly motivated opponents. According to the Pitmen’s mentor, Vorskla are one of the best sides of the Ukrainian league. This is confirmed by the fifth spot occupied by Poltava and their being just three points adrift of Dnipro.

Vorskla defender Oleksiy Dityatyev will not be playing vs Shakhtar due to suspension after his being sent off in the first leg.

Match background

The teams have played 8 Ukrainian Cup games. Shakhtar won five times, Vorskla won once and another two games ended in a draw. The goal difference is 9-3.

The Pitmen have won two home games out of three,  being tied once. The goal difference is 11-2. You can find the remaining facts from the teams’ cup meetings in the pre-match infographics.

The previous Cup meeting

On March 2, in Poltava, the Orange-and-Blacks beat Vorskla 4-0. The foundation was laid already in the 4th minute, when Kovalenko put his name on the scoresheet. In the second half, Shakhtar’s lead was extended by Ferreyra, Kucher and Nem.

Interesting fact

Shakhtar and Vorskla will have the fourth meeting in the current season.