The Donetsk team will continue their performance in the current European Cup season.
On Thursday, February 23, Rennes hosted Shakhtar in the return match of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League. In the first game, the Pitmen won with a score of 2:1.
From the first minutes of the match, the French team showed their spirit for the match – Rennes attacked Shakhtar’s goal very strongly and actively. Trubin made some great saves after hits from Spence, Mayer, Truffer. If not for the game of the Ukrainian goalkeeper, the score would have been opened.
In the middle of the half, Shakhtar opened the scoring, and Traore became the author of the goal. The forward was the first on the rebound after a corner, and then sent the ball into the goal. True, after the moment, the referee took advantage of VAR, which fixed Bondarenko’s handball. The goal was cancelled.
After the incident, the game calmed down a bit. But what was stable was the performance of Trubin, who made several important saves before the break.
The start of the second half turned out to be a failure for Shakhtar. Rennes managed to score, and Ekambi became the author of the goal. The French club carried out a counterattack, which ended with an accurate pass to Guiri and a strong shot by Ekambi.
The middle of the second half was in the fight and in fouls. Despite this, the teams created their chances. Cannabis hit on the fly, but Mandanda made a great jump save. Then Doku could have scored the second goal against Shakhtar, but the defenders did not allow the ball to reach the goal.
At the end of regular time, the hosts had every chance to win with the desired score, but they lacked accuracy. First, Truffer struck above the gate, and then Te struck powerfully, but Trubin repulsed.
In the first extra-half, Rennes continued to dominate the field, which led to a couple of dangerous moments. Guiri had the best chance, but Trubin was once again superb on the goal line. The second extra-half began at lightning speed and triumphantly for Rennes. Doku won the fight against Matvienko, gave to Salah and he scored into an empty net. It seemed that Shakhtar had no chance to win back, but Belosyan cut the ball into his own net. Thus, the game went to a penalty shootout.
In the penalty shootout against Shakhtar, Bondar and Sikan failed to score, but Trubin made several saves, which allowed the team to reach the 1/8 finals of the Europa League.
Match statistics Rennes – Shakhtar 1/16 finals of the Europa League
Rennes – Miner 2-1 (pen. 4-5) (1-2 first leg)
Naked: Ekambi, 52, Salah, 106 – Belosyan, 119 (ag)
Ball possession: 53% – 47%
Shots on goal: 23 – 9
shots on target: 9 – 3
Offside: 1 – 5
Corners: 5 – 3
XG: 2.54 – 0.46
Rennes: Mandanda – Spence, Belosyan, Omari, Truffer (Meling, 96) – Doku, Santamaria (Salah, 97), Mayer (Ugochukwu, 72), Toko-Ekambi (Due, 96) – Kalimuendo (Tet, 85), Guiri.
Miner: Trubin – Hemp, Bondar, Matvienko, Mikhailichenko – Stepanenko (Nazarina, 100), Bondarenko – Zubkov (Kelsey, 112), Sudakov, Topalov (Dzhurasek, 80), – Traore (Sikan, 80)
Warnings: Spence – Bondar, Traore, Mikhailichenko, Hemp, Matvienko
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