Konyaspor vs Shakhtar: preview

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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In the 1st round of the Europa League group stage, the Pitmen are to play Konyaspor away. We bring you the match preview

15 September, Konya, Konya Buyuksehir Arena, 22:05
Live broadcast on Ukraina and Futbol 2 TV channels

Before the match

Ahead of the Europa League group stage start, Shakhtar, in contrast to their opponents, have played 7 domestic league games. Paulo Fonseca's team are topping the table, being 3 points ahead of Dynamo Kyiv. The Orange-and-Blacks train in the morning. On September 12, a two-hour session was dedicated to ball handling and practising shots.

Aggregately, the Pitmen had 7 meetings with the Turkish teams in European competitions ( Antalyaspor, Sivasspor, Fenerbahce and Istanbul Basaksehir). Six of them ended in Shakhtar’s victories, with a draw registered on one occasion. The goal difference is 13-1.

Referee – Robert Schorgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant referees – Roland Brandner, Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional assistant referees – Rene Eisner, Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Fourth official – Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
The Orange-and-Blacks train in the morning. On September 12, a two-hour session was dedicated to ball handling and practising shots
Opponents

Last season, Konyaspor claimed the third spot in the Turkish league. This result allowed them to avoid the qualifying round and make it directly to the Europa League group stage. We want to note that the home game against Shakhtar was really historical for the White-and-Greens as they made their debut in European competitions.

Konyaspor made a pretty good start in the new domestic league. The team have not suffered a single defeat, scoring 5 points. In the opening round, the charges of Aykut Kocaman drew with Rizespor (1-1), and then tied with Besiktas (2-2), also beating Antalyaspor 3-1 ahead of the encounter with the Pitmen. In the most recent meeting, Omer Ali Sahiner scored a brace, with the third goal being scored by a 33-year-old Dimitar Rangelov.
Last season, Konyaspor claimed the third spot in the Turkish league. The home game against Shakhtar was really historical for the White-and-Greens as they made their debut in European competitions
Trivia

The current season is Shakhtar’s 18th Europa League/UEFA Cup campaign.

Konyaspor are the Pitmen’s fifth opponents from Turkey in the UEFA club competitions.

You can purchase tickets for the match Konyaspor vs Shakhtar online on our website, as well as at the Arena Lviv ticket office.

Photo courtesy of konyaspor.org.tr