Lechia 2-3 Shakhtar

Thursday, April 14, 2022

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Shakhtar played a charity match against Lechia in Gdansk as part of the Shakhtar Global Tour for Peace

Before the start of the meeting, they played the Anthem of Ukraine, with many Ukrainian flags and posters visible in the stands in support of our country. The footballers of both teams took to the field wearing the STOP WAR shirts, with the backs of Shakhtar players’ jerseys featuring the names of the Ukrainian hero cities affected by the hostilities, just like in the first match. The game began with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the war in Ukraine.

It should be noted that the Miners’ starting lineup included Yaroslav Rakytskyi – the club academy graduate who had joined the team to participate in charity games. Roberto De Zerbi, who returned to the coaching bench, was in charge of the actions of his charges.
 
The match started at a high pace, and already in the 7th minute the Donetsk side managed to open the scoring: Mykhailo Mudryk swiftly burst into the penalty area, was knocked down by his opponent and earned a spot-kick which he converted himself, making it 0-1. The hosts quickly equalized: Diabate dealt with the defenders and bent the ball inside the far post. Anatolii Trubin rescued Shakhtar from the second goal by parrying away two dangerous shots by Durmus. The Orange-and-Blacks responded with their chance, but the goalkeeper pulled Topalov's effort to the top corner. The Miners looked more active, dominated possession and attacked the opponents by pressing high, but failed to excel. And just before the break, Trubin made another save by denying a long-range attempt.

The second half started with Lechia’s attempts – the Ukrainian defence including the sub Andriy Pyatov operated flawlessly. And the Miners themselves waited for their chance and took the lead again in the 58th minute: Mykhailo Mudryk exchanged passes with Dmytro Myshnyev in the penalty area, found himself one-on-one with the keeper and grabbed a brace by hitting the far corner, making it 1-2. For some time, control over play returned to the Orange-and-Blacks. Roberto De Zerbi refreshed the midfield with substitutions by fielding Dmytro Kryskiv and Maksym Chekh. At the same time, the Poles carried out a couple of dangerous attacks, initially threatening Pyatov's goal after a corner, and then doing the same through a long-range kick by Kalusinski – on both occasions the ball went high. The visitors responded with Boriachuk's chance after Rakytskyi's trademark long ball, but the striker missed the opportunity to make an attempt. In the final phase of the game, the Shakhtar coaching staff gave young players a chance to prove themselves: Dmytro Kapinus, Danylo Udod, Kyrylo Siheev, Denys Shostak and Maryan Farina entered the field. Kryskiv could have scored after the latter's pass, but the host goalkeeper reacted to the point-blank effort. In stoppage time, the Poles managed to level the score – Okonewski successfully fired the deflected ball home.
 
A game-changing substitution happened in the last minute. Instead of Mykhailo Mudryk, a 12-year-old Dmytro Keda took the field – he had spent three weeks with his family in the blocked Mariupol, but still managed to leave the city. It was this guy who became the hero of the meeting after making a solo run and outplaying the goalkeeper to score the winning goal!
 
3-2 – Shakhtar defeated Lechia in a charity match through a goal by Dmytro Keda.
 
On April 19, the Miners will play a charity game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul as part of the Shakhtar Global Tour for Peace. The kickoff time is 17:00. The tickets are already available.

Lechia Gdansk 2-3 (1-1) Shakhtar Donetsk

Gdansk, Polsat Plus Arena Gdańsk
 
Goals: 0-1 Mudryk (7’ pen.), 1-1 Diabate (12’), 1-2 Mudryk (58’), 2-2 Okoniewski (90+3’), 2-3 Keda (90+3’)
 
Shakhtar: Trubin (Pyatov, 46’), Stasyuk (Kapinus 73’), Bondar (Udod 78’), Rakytskyi (Farina 83’), Matviienko, Bondarenko (Shostak 89’), Stepanenko, Topalov (Kryskiv 60’), Myshnyov (Chekh 60’), Mudryk (Keda 90+3’), Boriachuk (Siheev 78’)