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  • September 19, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Donbass Arena, Donets'k
  • Referee: P. Gil
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Shakhtar Donetsk - FC Nordsjaelland Preview: The champions of Ukraine and Denmark collide

Shakhtar Donetsk - FC Nordsjaelland Preview: The champions of Ukraine and Denmark collide

The Danish Superliga winners travel to Ukraine to face Mircea Lucescu's men, who will be hoping to get through the group stage, after falling there in last year's competition

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SHAKHTAR

Pyatov
Rat, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Srna
Stepanenko, Fernandinho
Willian, Alex Teixeira, Douglas Costa
Mkhitaryan
FC NORDSJAELLAND

Hansen
Mtiliga, Okore, Runje, Parkhurst
Stockholm, Adu, Christensen
Lorentzen, Beckmann, John


Shakhtar welcome Champions League freshmen Nordsjaelland to the Donbass Arena as they look to make it 10 wins from 10 competitive matches. Following their comfortable 3-0 victory over Zorya Lugansk, head coach Mircea Lucescu will be able to field a side free of any significant injury concerns.

Razvan Rat and Darijo Srna are likely to reclaim their respective full-back berths whilst Eduardo will make way for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Behind him, the creative spark will be provided by the familiar trio of perennial Premier League targets Willian, Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa.

Nordsjaelland, meanwhile, have not displayed the same consistency exhibited by their more illustrious opponents. Still bruising from a weekend loss to FC Copenhagen, the Danes sit six points off the summit of the Danish league with nine games played.

They will look, in chief, to forward Joshua John to fire them to victory, whilst highly rated defender Jores Okore will look to marshal the backline against the formidable attacking talent they will face.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Shakhtar’s most successful Champions League campaign was 2010-11, when they reached the quarter-finals.
  • Shakhtar have won 19 top-flight matches in a row – a record for the Ukrainian league.
  • The Ukranian champions have scored 245 goals in all European competitions.
  • No member of FC Nordsjaelland’s squad has ever appeared in the Champions League.
  • The Danes have not been beaten at home in 10 games.

  • Last season was their first ever league triumph in Denmark.

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Available Squads
30Andriy PyatovGoalkeeper
5Olexandr KucherDefender
26R. RaţDefender
33Darijo SrnaMidfielder
44Yaroslav RakytskyyDefender
3Tomas HubschmannMidfielder
25FernandinhoMidfielder
22WillianMidfielder
10Henrikh MkhitaryanMidfielder
11IlsinhoMidfielder
9Luiz AdrianoStriker
-Anton KanibolotskiyGoalkeeper
38Sergey KrivtsovDefender
15Taras StepanenkoMidfielder
20Douglas CostaMidfielder
29Alex TeixeiraMidfielder
11EduardoStriker
-Marko DevicStriker
-Jesper HansenGoalkeeper
5Jores OkoreDefender
8Patrick MtiligaDefender
4Michael ParkhurstDefender
21Ivan RunjeDefender
-Enock Kofi AduMidfielder
7Nikolai StokholmMidfielder
-Mikkel BeckmannMidfielder
17Søren ChristensenMidfielder
-K. LorentzenMidfielder
25Joshua JohnStriker
-Thomas VilladsenGoalkeeper
19Mark GundelachDefender
5Anders ChristiansenMidfielder
22Andreas LaudrupMidfielder
23Mario TicinovicMidfielder
30SmørumnedreLasse Andersen PetryMidfielder
11Morten NordstrandStriker
Players to Watch
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
10 2 0 0

The 23 year-old Armenian has been in lethal form all season, leading the goal scoring charts with 12 goals in nine league games. He has already scored more goals this season than in any of his previous three league campaigns and, against opponents sampling the Champions League for the very first time, will be hopeful he can add to his already outstanding scoring record.

Joshua John
Joshua John
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Dutch attacker was brought in on loan from Twente this summer and has already made an immediate impact, scoring six goals in five competitive games. Blessed with considerable pace, he will be hoping to ruffle the feathers of a Shakhtar backline that will have to guard against complacency.

Prediction

For Shakhtar to harbour any serious ambitions of progressing to the Round of 16 they need to start their campaign with a win and, despite FC Nordsjælland’s best efforts, the Ukrainian side's current form and Champions League pedigree should ensure they comfortably achieve this in front of their home fans.

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