Shakhtar Donetsk in Kiev on NSK “Olympic” will compete with Lyon for a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Dramatic victory over Hoffenheim with a goal by Tyson in stoppage time gave Shakhtar an unexpected chance to compete for an exit in the 1/8 finals and is almost guaranteed to the champion of Ukraine Champions League group. Now everything depends on Shakhtar’s victory over Lyon will bring Shakhtar to the knockout stages of the Champions League, a draw will ensure a place in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League, and lose in case of a victory against Hoffenheim in an away match against Manchester city will end their first European season.
Introduction in the Kharkiv region military situation led to the postponement of the match Shakhtar – Lyon in Kiev. The team, Paulo Fonseca had the unique chance to secure their place in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League at the main stadium of the country, in fact in the lair of the evil rival in the domestic arena. However, thanks to a loyal position of “Dynamo”, “Shakhtar” will play with “Lyon” at the NSC “Olympic”. The rare case when old grudges and principles aside for the sake of preservation of prestige of the Ukrainian football.
To the main match of the season “Shakhtar” came almost optimal human condition. With Lyon prepared to play all the key players of Shakhtar, including Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Marlos and taison. As for the French, the “lion” arrived in Kiev troubles Fundamentally, Raphael, Guiri and Morel.
The last weekend before the decisive battle in the Champions League teams had a different Shakhtar in the Ukrainian League defeated “Mariupol” (3:0), and Lyon were satisfied with the training because his match in League 1 was postponed due to the riots in France.
Shakhtar: Pyatov – Butko, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Maicon – Marlos, Kovalenko, Tyson Moraes
Lyon: Lopes – Denier, Marcelo, Morel – Tete, Tuzara, AWR, Mehndi – Fekir – Traoré, Depay
Stream: Futbol 2, 22:00