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Shakhtar vs Dynamo: match preview

Monday, May 15, 2017



In the Ukrainian Cup final, the Pitmen will lock horns with Dynamo. We bring you the encounter preview

May 17, Kharkiv, OSC Metalist, 21:00
Live broadcast on Ukraina and Futbol 1 TV channels

Before the match

The Orange-and-Blacks became the domestic champions early, and now their main objective is winning the Cup final to give the fans a long-awaited golden double.

On May 15, the Donetsk team conducted a training session at the Sviatoshyn base. Only Andrii Boriachuk trained individually. Before the encounter, Paulo Fonseca pointed out that there is no favourite in the final. Shakhtar need to perform up to the mark in order to claim the win.
On May 15, the Donetsk team conducted a training session at the Sviatoshyn base
Referee – Kostiantyn Trukhanov (Kharkiv)
Assistant referees – Oleksandr Voityuk (Zaporizhya), Oleh Pluzhnyk (Kharkiv)
Fourth official – Yurii Mozharovskyi (Lviv)
Reserve assistant referee – Serhii Bekker (Kharkiv)
Referee observer – Serhii Zadiran (Dnipro)


On Saturday, Serhii Rebrov reshuffled the squad and in the Premier League game which was devoid of competitive motivation, he fielded a number of players who had not appeared in the starting line-up often. As a result, Dynamo lost to Olimpik (1-2). However, the upcoming meeting in Kharkiv is crucial for the Kyiv outfit.

The team started their current Cup campaign in the Round of 16 against Zorya Luhansk. 90 minutes later, they registered a stalemate (2-2), with a Gonzalez goal and a Moraes brace from the spot setting the 5-2 scoreline. The only goal by Harmash brought Dynamo the quarterfinal win over Neftianyk, with Dynamo thrashing Mykolayiv in the semi-final (4-0).

Head-to-head record

All in all, the rivals had 12 Ukrainian Cup meetings. Shakhtar boast 7 wins, the first of which they claimed in extra time in the final 2002 (Popov, Atelkin and Vorobei scored goals for the Donetsk team back then). Kyivans won 4 cup ties, claiming their latest success in the penalty shoot-out. The goal difference is 20-12 in favour of the Orange-and-Blacks.
As early as in the 10th minute, Srna could have opened the scoring, just shattering the crossbar instead
Previous Cup meeting

On 4 June 2015, the opponents also met in the final. As early as in the 10th minute, Srna could have opened the scoring, just shattering the crossbar instead. Later, Costa and Adriano caused a little less dangerous situations. Without excelling in the second half, the teams spent extra time in the same vein, although the number of chances increased significantly: Shakhtar’s Gladkyy and Kryvtsov could score, along with Dynamo’s Yarmolenko and Khacheridi. However, the fate of the trophy that evening had to be decided in the penalty shootout, where Dynamo proved to be more successful.


Shakhtar are ten-time Ukrainian Cup Winners.

It will be the team’s ninth cup final meeting.

Olexandr Kucher may make his 295th appearance with the Pitmen, Yaroslav Rakits’kyy – his 275th one, and Taras Stepanenko – his 199th one.

Buy the match tickets at the box office 6 at the OSC Metalist (from 9:00 until 20:00, no break) and on shakhtar.com.