Match Info – FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs Feyenoord – 2023-03-09
In the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie, Shakhtar Donetsk and Feyenoord had a thrilling 1-1 draw in Warsaw, with Arne Slot’s team still searching for their first victory in the competition away from home, despite their impressive domestic form.
Having won six consecutive games and currently at the top of the Eredivisie table, the visiting team also reached the KNVB Beker semi-finals, but their dominance in the first half of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk was not enough as they failed to convert their chances, leaving Anatoliy Trubin’s net largely untroubled.
Despite their near-miss in the closing stages of the first half, the Dutch team continued to push forward with the prospect of a treble still within reach, exemplified by Polish midfielder Sebastian Szymański’s powerful shot from the edge of the area that was expertly saved by Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin.
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Regardless securing their first victory in their temporary home in Warsaw against Rennes (W1, D2, L1), Shakhtar Donetsk knew they needed to raise their level in order to gain an advantage in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie against Feyenoord, who were relentless in their pursuit of a goal even in the second half, exemplified by Danilo’s headed effort that was saved by the impressive Anatoliy Trubin.
Although being outplayed for much of the match, Shakhtar Donetsk managed to take the lead in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie against Feyenoord with just over ten minutes remaining, courtesy of a fortunate goal by Yaroslav Rakitskyi, who unwittingly deflected the ball into the net with his back after putting his body on the line to defend a corner, leaving the visitors momentarily shell-shocked.
Despite being behind late in the game, Feyenoord came back with a vengeance in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, with substitute Ezequiel Bulluade combining with Igor Paivao to score a magnificent header, marking the Argentinian’s first goal for the club, and almost sealed the win in added time through Lutsharel Geertruida, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.