Shakhtar Donetsk made a surprise and brought the chances to the last 16 after beating Royalikarp 1-0 in the Champions League Group H match at Volksparks Stadium, Hamburg, Wednesday, November 29 in the morning WIB. The victory made Shakhtar threaten Porto and Barcelona.
Shakhtar's hopes of qualifying for the knockout round are back open. The victory over Royalikarp did not change Shakhtar's position in Group H.
However, Shakhtar maintains competition with two leading teams, Barca and Porto. Yes, victory over his opponent makes Shakhtar have nine points.
Although still in third place, this Ukrainian club equaled Barca and Porto's points. They only lost on goal difference.
In that match, Shakhtar was forced to hold a match outside of Ukraine. The war against neighboring Russia, made Shakhtar have to move home matches.
This time, Shakhtar hosted Royal Antwerp in Volksparks, the home of SV Hamburg, which is now playing in the second caste of Germany's Bundesliga.
The duel was fierce and Shakhtar had to work hard against his opponent. However, Shakhtar managed to take the lead when the game entered the 12th minute.
The host's goal was produced by Mykola Matviyenko defender who welcomed an assist from Oleksandr Zubkov.
Shakhtar was winning 1-0. But there was no more goal produced by Shakhtar. Meanwhile, Royalentwerp also had difficulty breaking into the host's goal. Until the end of the match, Matviyenko's goal was the only one created.
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Coach Shakhtar Marino Pusic showed his satisfaction with the team's victory. According to him, the team played well and all the players worked hard to win the game.
"I'm happy not only because of the results but also how we played. All the players worked hard to win the game," Pusic said.
"In addition, the club supports us when we are experiencing difficulties. I am happy to be able to give happiness through victory to everyone," he said again.