Wednesday, December 12, Shakhtar will play the match of the 6th round of the group stage of the Champions League. The Pitmen’s opponents will be the French Lyon, which the Donetsk club will not in Kharkov, as his previous rival, the German “Hoffenheim” and English “Manchester city”, and in Kiev in connection with the transfer of the fight due to the imposition of martial law on the territory of Kharkiv region. The beginning of the match at the NSC “Olympic” at 22:00.
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In the upcoming match, the head coaches of both teams will not be able to count on several players. Paulo Fonseca will have to do without Rakitskiy (4 matches in the group stage), Fernando (2) and Ordets (0), while his colleague from Lyon — no Root (3) and Guiri (0). Questionable part in the match “miner” Dentinho (2) and Ndebele (5) and Diop (4) in the French club.
Judges from the Netherlands
The match will work, the officiating team of referees from the Netherlands, led by experienced Björn Kuipers. With the referee, which serves European Cup matches since 2006 and the asset is the final of the Champions League 2013/2014 (real Madrid — Atletico — 4:1), as well as the finals of the Europa League 2012/2013 (“Benfica” — “Chelsea” — 1:2), and 2017/2018 (Marseille — atlético 0:3), “miner” crossed paths on the international stage three times: in the 1/8 finals of the UEFA Cup 2008/2009 Kuypers recorded home Shakhtar’s win over CSKA Moscow (2:0), in the Champions League 2015/2016, the Dutchman judged the away leg of the round of play-offs with the Vienna rapid (1:0), and in the Europa League that season were a referee away semi-final match against Spanish “Seville” (1:3). His assistants sander van Rokel and Erwin of Zeinstra, additional assistant referees — Dennis Johan Hiller and Paul van Bokel, fourth official Mario Diks. UEFA delegate — Scott Struthers (Scotland), the observer arbitration — Dusan Krchnak (Slovakia).
* Björn Kuipers
The team at national Championships
Donetsk “Shakhtar” finished performance in the championship in 2018 on a positive note, having beaten on departure “Mariupol” — 3:0 (Stepanenko, 62, Moraes, 64, Marlos, 70). At the end of 18 rounds, the Pitmen confidently are in the lead, ahead of nearest rival Dynamo Kiev on seven points. Shakhtar’s forward Junior Moraes, scoring 14 goals, goes to spend the winter in the status of the best scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League.
But the “lion” in connection with the strikes that swept France, was not able to have the calendar match of the championship against Toulouse, so having extra time to rest and prepare for the match against Shakhtar. At the moment the team Bruno Genesio ranked fourth in the standings (after 16 games played), trailing the leader, PSG, on 16 points.
The Olympique Lyonnais is much more expensive
According to the authoritative portal transfermarkt. de, the French “Lyon” more of the total value of the Shakhtar players will be almost 3.3 times 338,75 million Euro versus 103 million.
The top five most expensive players of the French club include: Nabil Fekir (60 million euros), Memphis Depay (45), Assem, Auer (35), Tanga Ntombela (25) and Lopes (20). Most of the Ukrainian team are: taison, Marlos and ismaily (11 million euros), Taras Stepanenko (10) and Yaroslav Rakitskiy (8,5).
Last round — with varying degrees of success
The current season is the thirteenth, in which Shakhtar Donetsk takes part in the group stage of the Champions League. Exactly half of the matches of the final rounds ended with the victories of “miners” (3:0 against Arsenal in 2000-m, 2:0 against Barcelona in 2004 and 3:2 in 2008, 2:0 against Braga in 2010, 2:0 against APOEL in 2011 and 2:1 with Manchester city in 2017), in two cases there was fixed a draw (1:1 against Olympiakos in 2006 and 1:1 with Porto in 2014), in four matches the team capitulated (1:2 against Benfica in 2007-m, 0:1 with Juventus in 2012-m, 0:1 “Manchester United” in 2013, and 0:2 against PSG in 2015).
The fourth “home” city for Shakhtar
His last European match in Donetsk “Shakhtar” held on 27 February 2014, losing to “Donbass to the Arena” in the match of 1/16 finals of the Europa League Czech “Victoria” — 1:2. Since then, the Pitmen have played 19 home games at the Arena Lviv in Lviv (10 wins, 5 draws, 4 defeats, goal difference 43:17), 5 — on RSC “Metalist” in Kharkov (3 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat, with goal difference 9:8). And now the first “home” at the NSC “Olympic” in Kiev.
By the way, in the capital of Ukraine “Shakhtar” has already held European Cup match. Within the triumphant UEFA Cup-2008/2009, the Pitmen played an away match against “Dynamo” stadium named after Valeriy Lobanovskiy, Kiev played a draw — 1:1.
The players of Shakhtar are already preparing for the New year
The match against Lyon will be the final for Shakhtar in 2018, so the Pitmen already prepare for the New year. In particular, head coach Paulo Fonseca and players Marlos, Andriy Pyatov, Taras Stepanenko, Junior Moraes, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Viktor Kovalenko and Mikhail Mudrik participated in recording a Christmas video that the Donetsk club promises to present on the eve of holidays.
* Junior Moraes
The weather on the day of the match
On Wednesday, December 12, weather forecasters promise snow, which will go all day, and by evening, may be increased when the air temperature 1 to 2 degrees below zero.
where the bookies give a slight preference for the Pitmen.
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