Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Shakhtar played Inter Milan away on the Champions League group stage MD5
In Italy, Ismaily, Alan Patrick and Sudakov could not help the Miners. Roberto De Zerbi put Matviienko at left-back, fielding Vitao at centre-back to make a pairing with Marlon. Stepanenko and Maycon appeared in midfield, with Tete, Pedrinho and Solomon playing as attacking midfielders this time.
Shakhtar players immediately tried to set up ball control, but the hosts' intense pressure did not allow them to make their moves in a composed manner. At the same time, the Milanese made a few long-range attempts from the off and created the first scoring chance - Barella fired it just over the crossbar from the centre of the box. The Miners responded with a long-range effort from Dodo – the goalkeeper made a save by the near corner. Fernando had a great chance then after finding himself one on one with the keeper, still ending up in an offside position though. Inter immediately carried out a series of perilous attacks: Vitao made a sliding tackle to block Lautaro's attempt, Ranocchia’s header nearly hit the far corner of the net, Perisic scored, but the referee caught him offside, with Trubin's super save rescuing his side after Dzeko’s point-blank cannon shot. Having withstood an assault by the Italian champions, the visitors orchestrated their attacks: Fernando decided to send it goalward from outside the penalty area only to see his effort go high, later trying to bend it inside the right hand side post – just wide. Lautaro and Pedrinho also made some dangerous efforts, but the teams failed to score any goals before the break: 0-0.
The opening stages of the second half passed at a more moderate pace: the Miners continued to build up play from their goal, luring the opponents deeper down the pitch, with the Italians looking sharper though. The pushy Lautaro dived in the penalty area hoping for a spot-kick, later scoring one while being offside though. And yet the hosts managed to find their scoring chances. In the 61st minute, Edin Dzeko finishes from some 20 metres away right inside the left corner of the net to open the scoring. And six minutes later, the Bosnian striker headed Perisic’s cross home to grab a double. Shakhtar had no choice but to take risks and launch some all-out attacks. Roberto De Zerbi's substitutions significantly strengthened his outfit: the sub Artem Bondarenko nearly hit the near corner from the semi-circle; and Mykhailo Mudryk and Marlos, with the support of Solomon, brought Dodo on target only to see the defenders’ shot spin off the inside of the post before skirting across the goal line and away from danger. Late in the meeting, Anatolii Trubin came to his side’s rescue again by palming off a powerful attempt by Sensi. As a result, Shakhtar suffered a 0-2 defeat at Inter, meaning the Miners will not play any spring football in Europe.
The final Champions League match will take place in Kyiv vs Sheriff on December 7. And this coming Sunday of November 28, the Orange-and-Blacks will play on the road vs Inhulets in the UPL. The game kicks off at 14:00.
Inter Milan 2-0 (0-0) Shakhtar Donetsk
Milan, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, att: 46,225 spectators
Goals: 1-0 Dzeko (61’), 2-0 Dzeko (67’)
Shakhtar: Trubin, Dodo, Vitao, Marlon, Matviienko, Maycon, Stepanenko (c) (Marcos 46’), Tete (Marlos 80’), Pedrinho (Bondarenko 73’), Solomon, Fernando (Mudryk 81’)
More details are available in the match centre.