Dnipro 0-2 Shakhtar
Sunday, November 27, 2016
In the Premier League round 16, Shakhtar played Dnipro away
Ukrainian Championship 2016/17. 16th round.
November 27, 2016. Dnipro. Dnipro-Arena. Att: 5,493. 6 oC.
Dnipro (Dnipro) 0-2 (0-2) Shakhtar (Donetsk)
Goals: 0-1 Kovalenko (36), 0-2 Kovalenko (39)
Missed penalty: Marlos (24)
Dnipro: Lunin Adamyuk, Svatok, Lopyrenok, Vlad, Rotan (c) (Cheberko, 68), Politylo, Kravchenko, Luchkevych (Anderson Pico, 77), Kozhushko (Dovbyk, 66) Lunev
Unused subs: Bashtanenko, Polyovyi, Nahiyev, Cheberyachko
Caretaker head coach: Dmytro Mikhailenko
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Butko, Kucher (c), Rakitskyy (Ordets, 90+3), Ismaily, Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos, Kovalenko (Boriachuk, 80), Taison, Eduardo (Dentinho, 69)
Unused subs: Kanibolotskyi, Kobin, Matviienko, Tankovskyi
Head coach: Paulo Fonseca
Referee: Yaroslav Kozyk (Mukacheve)
Before the match
As many as three Pitmen missed the encounter with Dnipro due to suspensions. Those are Maksym Malyshev, Bernard and captain Darijo Srna. The Donetsk team’s top scorer Facundo Ferreyra did not play in Dnipro due to his back injury.
Eduardo beat the host side defender Vlad on 39 minutes, and immaculately fed the oncoming Kovalenko. Viktor coolly bundled the ball past the goalie
Just from the off, it was clear that Shakhtar would have to rip open the opponents’ tight defence. Dnipro defended deploying most of the team. Given the number of Dnipro players in front of Andrii Lunin’s goal, the Orange-and-Blacks took long-range shots. Fred, Stepanenko and Rakitskyy tested their accuracy ability. On 36 minutes, a high ball by Yaroslav allowed Kovalenko to open the scoring: after playing a corner, the 20-year-old midfielder sent the ball home vs Dnipro. It should be noted that the Pitmen were about to score one a bit earlier. On 24 minutes, an opposing defender fouled on Viktor Kovalenko, with the referee pointing to the spot. Marlos delivered a powerful spot kick, but the keeper managed to guess the ball curve right. Before the break, Shakhtar netted another goal. Eduardo beat the host side defender Vlad on 39 minutes, and immaculately fed the oncoming Kovalenko. Viktor coolly bundled the ball past the goalie.
Ismaily might have put his name on the scoresheet on 68 minutes only to see his shot hit the goalkeeper
The figures on the scoreboard forced Dnipro to take risks, with Shakhtar getting more open spaces. Although the game pattern somewhat changed, Shakhtar’s edge was not questioned at all. Ismaily might have put his name on the scoresheet on 68 minutes only to see his shot hit the goalkeeper. Andrii Lunin rescued his team, doing the same thing later when Fred delivered a great attempt from outside the box, with the ref pointing to the corner. The final whistle registered the Orange-and-Blacks’ confident win through a brace by Viktor Kovalenko.
Shakhtar will play their next game on November 30 in the Ukrainian Cup. In the Last 8, the Pitmen are to play Poltava away. The meeting kicks off at 13:00 EET.