U19. Sheriff vs Shakhtar: watch it on Shakhtar TV

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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On the UEFA Youth League group stage MD1, Shakhtar U19 will play their Sheriff counterparts

September 15, Tiraspol (Moldova), Sheriff small Arena, 12:00
Live stream on Shakhtar TV

Match buildup

After almost a year-and-a-half break due to the pandemic, the competition is back now. Only once in the entire history of the UEFA Youth League Shakhtar did not participate in the group stage. In the last edition, the Miners failed to advance from the group featuring Atalanta, Dinamo Zagreb and Manchester City, finishing fourth. The young Miners’ best achievement on the European stage is reaching the final with Valerii Kryventsov at the helm back in the 2014/15 season.

Shakhtar U19 enjoy a confident run of league form: they claimed victories in seven rounds, topping the league table (goal differenceis 21-2). In the last match, Oskar Ratulutra's boys defeated Dnipro-1 6-1 at home. The top scorer is Danyil Honcharuk (5 goals). In the game against Sheriff, Shakhtar will not be helped by midfielder Artem Sholar who continues recovering from an injury. Interestingly, in the current squad, only Eduard Kozik, Andrii Buleza and Dmytro Kapinus have experience of playing in the UEFA Youth League.
 
Andrii Buleza, defender:

“We really missed the European club cup matches because there was a long break. All the guys are looking forward to the game against Sheriff and want to win it. We must try to play this match with high quality and achieve a positive result as it’s always important to start a tournament successfully. Things are going well in the domestic league, which gives us even more confidence. The game against Sheriff will be something new for us: the opponent have become the champions of Moldova, and we are psyching ourselves up seriously.”

Opponents
 
Sheriff U19 will play in the UEFA Youth League group stage for the first time ever. The best achievement of the Tiraspol team is their participation in the Champions Path play-offs in the 2019/20 season, where the opponents lost to their peers from the Serbian Crvena Zvezda in a penalty shootout.

The team finished Moldova’s last youth league season in the top spot, aa point ahead of Zimbru, this year’s youth league campaign has not started yet, while some footballers play for Sheriff-2 in Division A (the second strongest league in the country). In 5 matches, they got 4 wins and 1 draw, securing the second spot in the table and 13 points (a point adrift of the leaders).