Zorya 1-2 Shakhtar
Sunday, April 2, 2017
In the major game of the Premier League round 23, Shakhtar faced Zorya
April 2, 2017. Zaporizhya. Slavutych Arena. Attn: 9,500. +11oC.
Zorya Luhansk 1-2 (1-1) Shakhtar Donetsk
Goals: 0-1 Bonaventure (31), 1-1 Blanco Leschuk (36), 1-2 Taison (63)
Zorya: A. Shevchenko, Opanasenko, Checher (Pylyavskyi, 60), Forster, Sukhotskyi (Lipartia, 79), Chaikovskyi (c), Hordiyenko, Kharatin (Ljubenovic, 60), Paulinho, Bonaventure, Kalitvintsev
Unused subs: Levchenko,Shalfeev, Babenko, Kadymyan
Head coach: Yuriy Vernydub
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), Ordets, Rakits’kyy, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Malyshev, Marlos (Kovalenko, 78), Taison, Bernard (Zubkov, 90+3), Blanco Leschuk (Kucher, 89)
Unused subs: M. Shevchenko, Butko, Alan Patrick, Ferreyra
Head coach: Paulo Fonseca
Booked: Ordets (12), Sukhotskyi (16), Checher (44), Ismaily (53), Rakits’kyy (56), Srna (70), Chaikovskyi (81), Malyshev (90+1), Pyatov (90+5)
Sent off: Rakits’kyy (87, second booking)
Referee: Dmytro Kutakov (Kyiv Oblast)
Before the match
The Pitmen opened the second stage of the league season after the international break with an away game vs Zorya Luhansk. Compared to the most recent game against Olimpik, Paulo Fonseca has made only one change in the starting line-up: instead of Serhii Kryvtsov, he brought Yaroslav Rakits’kyy back to the starting XI.
The hosts started quite actively, with the Orange-and-Blacks being forced to stand the opponents’ pressure early in the game. Only some time later, the Donetsk team managed to establish ball control, with Zorya players not parking the bus. In general, the teams acted quite cautiously, with next to zero clear-cut chances occurring. Shakhtar had an active left wing featuring Ismaily. Gustavo Blanco Leschuk imposed his play onto the opposing defenders. The Pitmen’s successful move happened in the 24th minute, when after playing a set piece Ismaily delivered it in the penalty area for Taras Stepanenko, with the Luhansk goalkeeper rushing out immaculately. A very short time passed before Dennis Bonaventure had a chance to excel. The forward of Zorya made it past Ivan Ordets, beat Andriy Pyatov and opened the scoring. However, the Donetsk side quickly made it level.
From the opening minutes, Shakhtar players raised the pace and quickly seized the initiative.
The next match will be held on April 5. In the Ukrainian Cup last 8, the Orange-and-Blacks will play Poltava away. The game kicks off at 14:00.