Shakhtar- Vorskla - 2:1
In the 19th round of the Premier League, Shakhtar met with Vorskla.
Ukrainian League 2016/17. 19th round.
February 26, 2017. Kharkiv. Metalist OSC. Att: 5,058. 0oC.
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 (0-1) Vorskla Poltava
Goals: 0-1 Khlyobas (27), 1-1 Kovalenko (63), 2-1 Ferreyra (90)
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), Kucher, Rakits’kyy, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos (Zubkov, 90+4), Kovalenko (Ferreyra, 67), Bernard (Taison, 46), Blanco Leschuk
Unused subs: Shevchenko, Butko, Kryvtsov, Malyshev
Head coach: Paulo Fonseca
Vorskla: Shust, Perduta, Dallku, Chesnakov (c), Rebenok, Tkachuk, Kravchenko, Odaryuk, Sharpar (Zarichnyuk, 81), Myakushko (Kunev, 63), Khlyobas
Unused subs: Sarnavskyi, Ostapenko, Sapai, Shapoval, Sakiv
Head coach: Vasyl Sachko
Booked: Bernard (38), Kovalenko (60), Shust (73), Zarichnyuk (83), Odaryuk (85), Ferreyra (90+1)
Sent off: Zarichnyuk (90+3, second booking)
Referee: Dmytro Kutakov (Kyiv Oblast)
Before the match
The Ukrainian League resumed for Shakhtar with the encounter with Poltava-based Vorskla, who sit in the sixth spot in the table. The starting line-up included Olexandr Kucher and Taras Stepanenko, with Bernard appearing at left midfield. Facundo Ferreyra, who recovered from the injury, has also made it onto the squad list for the game.
It took Paulo Fonseca’s men some time to convert their performance edge into scoring chances. Each attack by the Pitmen harboured danger. Viktor Kovalenko and Taras Stepanenko shot on target, with Bernard and Marlos being active in the opposing box, and the wingbacks Ismaily and Darijo Srna regularly linking up. Fred decided to go for a long-range shot towards the middle of the first half only to see his attempt bouncing off the bar to rescue the visiting side. Against this background, the visitors opened the scoring on 27 minutes after one of their few counterattacks. Dmytro Khlyobas took advantage of Serhii Myakushko’s cross to chip the ball over Andriy Pyatov. Shakhtar players pretty quickly managed to level the play, but the woodwork again ‘played’ in Vorskla’s favour. Gustavo Blanco Leschuk headed Darijo Srna’s corner goalwards only to see the ball shatter the crossbar after being palmed off by the keeper. The Argentine striker continued to be in the midst of the Orange-and-Blacks’ numerous attacks. Before the break, the game was taking place in just one half of the field as Vorskla just dropped down, marking and tackling every Shakhtar player. As a result, the Pitmen failed to fulfil their advantage in the first half.
After the break appeared Taison, replacing Bernard. Early in the second half, he managed to add danger by making an attempt from the edge of the box, narrowly missing the target. On 51 minutes, Ismaily attempted to lob it over Bohdan Shust, with Vorskla goalkeeper coming out of the goal just in time. Shortly afterwards, Taison found himself one-on-one with Poltava goalkeeper, but luck was on the visitors’ side again. The Orange-and-Blacks continued to step it up and finally equalised. On 63 minutes, Gustavo Blanco Leschuk connected Ismaily to an attacking move, followed by a shot. Despite the fact that the goalkeeper coped with it, Viktor Kovalenko popped up in the right place, chesting the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1. Paulo Fonseca made a second substitution. The goal scorer was replaced by Facundo Ferreyra, who paired up with Blanco Leschuk up front for the first time in official games. At the same time, the game pattern did not change, with Poltava crossing the halfway line just on few occasions, while the Pitmen continued to search for ways towards the opposing goal. On 84 minutes, Marlos got unlucky. The Brazilian had a good shooting position, but missed the ball and it was all over. In the following attack, Olexandr Kucher produced two attempts on target. Firstly, his header was cleared by Volodymyr Chesnakov, with the Donetsk defender’s rebound hitting the back of Ardino Dallku a moment later. Still, Shakhtar players got their way. On 90 minutes, Gustavo Blanco Leschuk struck from outside the penalty area, with Shust parrying it away, and Facundo Ferreyra immaculately firing it into the corner – 2-1. That’s the Argentine’s ninth Ukrainian League goal. The final whistle marked the Orange-and-Blacks’ comeback.
Shakhtar are to play their next match on 5 March. As part of the Premier League round 20, the Donetsk team will play Lutsk-based Volyn away. The game kicks off at 19:30.
Press-office FC Shakhtar
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