Shakhtar 1-0 Dnipro
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
In the Ukrainian Cup semi-final, Shakhtar met with Dnipro
2016/17 Ukrainian Cup. Semi-finals.
April 26, 2017. Kharkiv. OSC Metalist. Att: 4,751. 12oC.
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 (0-0) Dnipro
Goal: 1-0 Taison (68)
Shakhtar: Shevchenko, Butko, Kryvtsov, Ordets, Azevedo, Alan Patrick (Zubkov, 87), Malyshev, Marlos, Dentinho (Bernard, 60), Taison (c) (Stepanenko, 78), Blanco Leschuk
Unused subs: Kanibolotskyi, Srna, Kucher, Ferreyra
Head coach: Paulo Fonseca
Dnipro: Lunin, Adamyuk, Svatok, Lopyryonok, Vlad, Rotan (c) (Vakulko, 50), Polevoy, Nagiev, Kocherhin, Cheberko (Kohut, 64), Dovbyk (Lunyov, 74)
Unused subs: Bashtanenko, Cheberyachko, Safronov, Kozhushko
Head coach: Dmytro Mykhailenko
Booked: Vakulko (57), Svatok (82), Shevchenko (90+2)
Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (Chornomorsk)
Before the match
For the cup-tie, Paulo Fonseca made significant changes to the starting XI. For the first time in the season’s spring part, Mykyta Shevchenko, Bohdan Butko, Márcio Azevedo and Alan Patrick emerged on the pitch from the starting minutes. Sergii Kryvtsov, Gustavo Blanco Leshchuk and Dentinho were also listed in the ranks. For the Brazilian, the encounter versus Dnipro became the 100th for Shakhtar. Taison took his teammates onto the field wearing the skipper's armband.
The Pitmen immediately brought the ball under control, as the visitors settled on their own half of the pitch demonstrating organized performance. First, Shakhtar went in for landing shots from the distance; however, Dentinho and Marlos did not succeed. Soon the Donetsk side No. 11 had his chance to break the deadlock. Marlos did well through individual skills and muscled his way into the shooting position only to see Dnipro goalkeeper turning the ball behind for a corner.
The game pattern did not change after the break, except that the Pitmen started to enjoy even more possession near the visiting team’s goal. On 56 minutes, Taison could do the needful. The Brazilian emerged with the ball inside the opponent's penalty area, before landing a belter, but Dnipro stopper mopped up the danger. Soon Paulo Fonseca made the first substitution by fielding Bernard in place of Dentinho. Literally soon after that, a huge opportunity went begging for Maksym Malyshev, as Shakhtar midfielder easily beat his marker near the penalty spot to see the ball flying inches wide of the post.
The Pitmen will hold their following fixture on April 30. As part of the Ukrainian Premier League round 27, Shakhtar are to take on Oleksandriya in Kharkiv. It kicks off at 17:00. Tickets for this fight are already on sale.