First for Roberto De Zerbi in the Champions League. Shakhtar coach will experience C1 against Sheriff Tiraspol. Used to participating in the competition, the Ukrainian club must find the round of 16, the Sheriff has nothing to lose for the first participation in its history.
Le Sheriff has nothing to lose in a very tough group. With Real Madrid, Inter Milan and therefore Shakhtar Donetsk, the Moldovans will only have difficult games to play. For the first C1 participation in its history, they had to pass four laps and eliminate Teuta, Alashkert, Belgrade Red Star and Dinamo Zagreb. The Moldovans have not conceded a goal in the last five games and are the best defense in their league (three goals conceded). In five league games, they are fourth with four wins and one loss on Matchday 1, but are four games behind.
Shakhtar Donetsk will try to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2017/2018. The Ukrainians have seen only third places since this season, including one that led them to a Europa League semi-final in 2019/2020. In a group almost the same as last season with one exception, the task is not going to be easy. But De Zerbi’s men will be there to play the spoilsport, first we have to win the three points against Sheriff Tiraspol. In the league, Shakhtar is second, three points behind Dynamo Kiev.
Sheriff: Athanasiadis – Cristiano, Arboleda, Dulanto, Costanza – Addo, Thill – Traoré, Kolovos, Yansane – Luvannor.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov – Dodo, Vitao, Marlon, Matvienko – Maycon, Antonio, Patrick – Tete, Traoré, Solomon.