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UEFA Champions League

  • February 13, 2013
  • • 22:45
  • • Donbass Arena, Donets'k
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 49050

Shakhtar Donetsk-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Both sides looking to continue impressive Champions League campaign

Shakhtar Donetsk-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Both sides looking to continue impressive Champions League campaign


The champions of Ukraine and Germany meet at the Donbass Arena, hoping to pick up where they left off in the group stage



Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakytskyy, Rat
Hubschmann, Fernandinho
Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa
Luiz Adriano

Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Sahin
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus

Borussia Dortmund will be boosted by the return of defenders Marcel Schmelzer and Neven Subotic. The former had missed Germany's friendly with a foot injury, while the latter had been struggling with a hamstring problem.

Ilkay Gundogan is also out after picking up a knock, with Nuri Sahin set to feature again, but Kevin Grosskreutz will miss this game as he battles pneumonia.

Shakhtar, meanwhile, have an empty spot on the right wing following the January departure of Willian. Alex Teixeira is expected to fill in for his compatriot, though Taison could make his debut.

Olexandr Kucher is suspended, leaving either Dmytro Chygrynskiy or Sergey Krivtsov to parter Yaroslav Rakytskyy at the back. Either Tomas Huschmann or Taras Stepanenko will cover the defence alongside Fernandinho.

  • Shakhtar have not played in a competitive game in over two months, but have won 10 of their 12 mid-season friendlies.
  • Taison joined Shakhtar from Metalist Kharkiv in January for €15.2 million, the highest-ever fee for a transfer between two Ukrainian clubs.
  • The 1-0 loss against Juventus on matchday 6 of the tournament was the only home game that Mircea Lucescu's side lost in the whole of 2012.
  • Borussia Dortmund are one of four unbeaten teams in the Champions League. The others are Malaga, Juventus, and their Ruhr rivals Schalke.
  • Robert Lewandowski (pictured, right) has scored in Jurgen Klopp's side's last six matches.
  • Saturday's loss to Hamburg at Signal Iduna Park was the heaviest defeat the German champions had endured since losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich in 2009.


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30Andriy PyatovGoalkeeper
26R. RaţDefender
27Dmytro ChygrynskiyDefender
33Darijo SrnaMidfielder
44Yaroslav RakytskyyDefender
3Tomas HubschmannMidfielder
10Henrikh MkhitaryanMidfielder
29Alex TeixeiraMidfielder
9Luiz AdrianoStriker
-Anton KanibolotskiyGoalkeeper
13Vyacheslav ShevchukDefender
32Mykola IschenkoDefender
15Taras StepanenkoMidfielder
20Douglas CostaMidfielder
-Marko DevicStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
-Marcel HalstenbergDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker

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