Olimpik 0-4 Shakhtar
Saturday, April 15, 2017
In the Premier League round 25, Shakhtar met with Olimpik
2016/17 Ukrainian League. 25th round.
April 15, 2017. Kharkiv. Dynamo’s V. Lobanovskyi stadium. Attn: 9,500. 12oC.
Olimpik Donetsk 0-4 (0-2) Shakhtar Donetsk
Goals: 0-1 Taison (7), 0-2 Bernard (37), 0-3 Kovalenko (58), 0-4 Ferreyra (61, pen.)
Olimpik: Makharadze, Oleinyk, Postupalenko (Brikner, 85), Hryshko (c) (Fedoriv, 68), Illoi-Aiyet, Nemchaninov, Bohdanov, Mokha, Tsymbaliuk, Shestakov, Matyazh (Homutov, 67)
Unused subs: Kotlyarov, Zhurahivskyi, Hoshkoderya, Serhiichuk
Head coach: Roman Sanzhar
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), Kucher, Rakits’kyy, Ismaily, Stepanenko (Malyshev, 66), Kovalenko, Marlos, Taison (Alan Patrick, 79), Bernard (Zubkov, 71), Ferreyra
Unused subs: Shevchenko, Butko, Kryvtsov, Blanco Leschuk
Head coach: Paulo Fonseca
Booked: Tsymbaliuk (77)
Referee: Serhii Berezka (Kyiv oblast)
Before the match
The Pitmen’s mentor Paulo Fonseca made three changes to the starting line-up compared to the match versus Chornomorets. After the disqualification due to exceeding the limit of yellow cards, Yaroslav Rakits’kyy returned to the centre defence paired with Kucher. Olexandr registered the 200th appearance in the Ukrainian Premier League in the match vs Olimpik. Viktor Kovalenko emerged from the opening minutes. Facundo Ferreyra appeared in the starting line-up for the first time in the spring part of the season.
Shakhtar got on the front foot from the off and created clear-cut chances at the early stages of the match. It all started with a long-range shot from Taison who saw Olimpik goalkeeper thwarting the danger with difficilties. Facundo Ferreyra could have done the needful in the next attacking move. He connected with Bernard’s corner to send his header wide of the post. The third Pitmen’s effort over a short period of time broke the deadlock. At the 7th minute, Darijo Srna easily outclassed the defender to flick a high cross into the penalty area, where Taison beautifully sent his header into the far corner. Following an opener, the game somewhat calmed down and moved to the centre of the pitch. The Orange-and-Blacks continued to enjoy a territorial advantage, but faced with a difficulty to carve the opponents’ defence open. The Pitmen managed to double the lead on 37 minutes, due to individual skills of Marlos and Bernard. The first played a well-placed pass from the deep of the field, with the second cleverly leaving behind his marker to easily beat coming off his line Zauri Makharadze.
The Pitmen managed to double the lead on 37 minutes, due to individual skills of Marlos and Bernard. The first played a well-placed pass from the deep of the field, with the second cleverly leaving behind his marker to easily beat coming off his line Zauri Makharadze
The late stages of the game saw both teams players operating at a low pace and sending then at the break by the score of 2-0 in favour of the Pitmen.
Hosts’ two opening attacking moves appeared dangerous, after which the main events were already unfolding near Olimpik goal. After Marlos and Taison mustered an threatening counterattack, a cross failed to find the addressee. The 58th minute registered a goal-scoring combo. All the same Marlos, Taison, as well as Facundo Ferreyra played Viktor Kovalenko through on goal who scored into the open net to make it 0-3. It did not take long time as the numbers on the scoreboard changed again. This time Kovalenko played a heel pass to Ferreyra, but the defender handled the ball, with the referee awarding a penalty. The Argentinian’s hit the target. Facundo sealed the 10th goal in the Premier League to move level with Junior Moraes, who leads in the top scorers’ race.
The defender handled the ball, with the referee awarding a penalty. Ferreyra hit the target. Facundo sealed the 10th goal in the Premier League
Marlos could have notched a goal immediately only to see the Olimpik keeper denying the effort to save his team. With the 66th minute on the clock, Paulo Fonseca made the first substitution, fielding Maksym Malyshev in place of Taras Stepanenko. Oleksandr Zubkov soon appeared on the pitch to take the position of Bernard. A little later, Taison made way for Alan Patrick. The pace slowed down after the fourth goal, and closing stages of the encounter passed at a low pace with the Pitmen completely dominating the game, who brought the game to a logical victory.
The following match will take place on April 21 in Kyiv. In the 26th round major match, Shakhtar will play Dynamo at the NSC Olimpiiskyi. It gets underway at 20:00.