On Wednesday, starting with 17:55, the match Sahtior Donetk – Wolfsburg will be played, within the eighth Europa League, the second round. In the tour, Sahtior Donetk won 2-1 in Wolfsburg, through the goals scored by Junior Moraes and Marcos Antonio, respectively Brooks. It was the first official meeting between the two teams, one in which each missed an 11-meter shot, Kovalenko for the Ukrainians, and Weghorst for the Germans.
Sahtior Donetk leads the ranking of the first Ukrainian league with 23 points ahead of the rival Dinamo Kiev, recently taken over by the Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu. The “Miners”, former winners of the UEFA Cup with Lucescu on the bench, in 2009, are favorites to tick the quarterfinals again. Luis Castro’s students eliminated Benfica Lisbon in the last 16, after a 2-1 victory at home, followed by a draw in Portugal, score 3-3. In the group stage of the Champions League, Sahtior Donetk finished in third place, over Dinamo Zagreb, but behind those of Manchester City and Atalanta.
Wolfsburg finished 7th in the Bundesliga, so he qualified for the next season of the Europa League. The “Wolves” are coached by Oliver Glasner and beat the Swedes from Malmo in the last 16, after a double victory, 2-1 at home and 3-0 in Sweden. Wolfsburg ranked 2nd in Group I of the Europa League, after Genk and over St. Etienne and Oleksandriya. Even if she lost in Germany 2-1, Wolfsburg is able to score in Donetsk, and surprises were seen in this competition.
However, Sahtior is the big favorite to qualify for the quarterfinals, but he cannot play defensively against an opponent like Wolfsburg. We anticipate an open duel, with goals on both sides, in which the “miners” will win the break in the end.
Sahtior Donetsk won the UEFA Cup in the 2008/2009 season;
“Miners” ranks 18th in the UEFA rankings;
Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga in the 2008/2009 season;
“Wolves” ranks 36th in the UEFA rankings;
Sahtior Donetk: Pyatov; Dodo, Kryvtsov, Bondar, Matviyenko; Marcos Antônio, Stepanenko, Alan Patrick; Marlos, Junior Moraes, Taison
Wolfsburg: Casteels; Steffen, Knoche, Brooks, Gerhardt; Guilavogui, Arnold, Schlager; Ginczek, Weghorst, Brekalo
Absent: Otávio, William, Mehmedi, Camacho, Steffen