Shakhtar Donetsk v Sheriff Live Commentary, 2021/12/07

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Fernando (42)
B. Nikolov (90+3)
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That almost concludes the group stage of this year's Champions League then - and the final batch of fixtures will be played tomorrow. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good week!
But what a story Sheriff have been. Whatever the result tonight, they'll always have had their date with destiny against Real Madrid. But while they leave the Champions League, their adventure does not end. They will head to the Europa League with their heads held high.
Poor Oleksiy Shevchenko. He got on for a handful of minutes as his side were heading out of Europe, and he still managed to make it worse. But even so, it has been an improved turn from the Ukrainian heavyweights - if not enough in the end. 
Boban Nikolov breaks the hosts' hearts and leaves them without a win in Europe this season - but it is the end of the UEFA Champions League road for both Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff, who bow out with the spoils shared. Full-time, it finishes Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Sheriff.
B. Nikolov
90' + 3' GOAL! BOBAN NIKOLOV SAVES IT FOR SHERIFF! 1-1! At the last gasp, the visitors have an equaliser! It's a gut punch for Shakhtar Donetsk and replacement goalkeeper Shevchenko, the finish squeezed under his slow dive, but the close six-yard tap is a powerful one still. The hosts will end their Champions League campaign winless!
90' + 2' Continued frantic attempts at both ends, but to no avail. Is there a final punch from the hosts? Or a match-saver from the visitors?
90' There will be three added minutes in this contest.
89' Confusion at the back almost gets the better of Shevchenko but the goalkeeper comes to his own rescue in the end.
87' End-to-end efforts for both! Maycon and Traore both have cracks to no avail. Time is running out for a second goal in this contest.
O. Shevchenko
A. Pyatov
Shakhtar Donetsk
86' Oleksiy Shevchenko replaces Andriy Pyatov in Shakhtar Donetsk's fifth change of the game, with the goalkeeper coming on for some very rare minutes.
G. Dulanto
Yellow Card
83' Dulanto cleans out Antonio and becomes the latest man to be booked in this contest.
82' This is starting to get very nip-and-tuck between the two sides. Don't be surprised if there are more cards to come.
80' No defender has provided more assists than Sheriff's Cristiano in the UEFA Champions League this season (3), with two of the Brazilian’s three assists coming against Shakhtar Dontesk earlier this season.
M. Mudryk
Yellow Card
Shakhtar Donetsk
78' Mudryk puts in an industrial challenge and is duly booked. Both sides are looking a little bit fraught.
76' Traore! The striker almost muzzles a header into the back of the net for Sheriff. That could have blown this one wide open again.
75' The offside flag comes up against Costanza, to foul Sheriff's latest attempt to move for an equaliser.
73' A half-chance presents itself now for the visitors, but Yansane steers his shot to the right of the goalmouth.
71' Cristiano brings down Tete and the latter wins himself a free-kick. Sheriff look like they are wanting to get frustrated with the officials but that they do not have the energy to do so.
69' Shakhtar Dontesk manager Roberto De Zerbi is still looking for his first win in the UEFA Champions League (P5 D1 L4) – should he fail to win this game, he will be the first Italian manager without a victory in his first six games in the competition.
V. Kornienko
Shakhtar Donetsk
67' Ismaily replaces Viktor Korniienko in Shakhtar Donetsk's fourth change of the game.
A. Bondarenko
Shakhtar Donetsk
67' Maycon replaces Artem Bondarenko in Shakhtar Donetsk's third change of the game.
66' Further changes look to be incoming. A cold mist is starting to creep around the edge of the ground.
64' Mudryk is the latest Shakhtar man to try and get his aim in, to no avail. The longer the wait for a second goal goes on, the more quietly concerned they may be about a draw.
62' The hosts respond with another breakaway move, and promptly see Tete denied. Close but no coconut.
60' Now that's more like it from the visitors! They string together a flurry of half-chances - and while none of them are blockbuster, they do enough to remind Shakhtar of their danger.
58' Mudryk draws the foul and Sheriff put themselves under the cosh once more.
56' Sheriff embark on their first serious counter of the half, but the final pass is sorely lacking, speared wide and out for a goal-kick.
54' Another Shakhtar attack, another offside call. There's plenty of frustration here for the hosts, even as they dominate.
52' Bruno fires high and over as he drives the next attack forward from the hosts. Sheriff continue to look unsteady under the pressure.
50' Tete is now trapped offside as he moves to collect a long ball from Dodo. Shakhtar want an early second goal to kill this one off.
48' Tete looks to make an immediate impact, forcing an early save with his first shot of the game. Several players look frozen out there, even with long sleeves.
46' We are back underway for the second half. Do Sheriff have a response up their sleeves or will this match run on rails until the end?
M. Mudryk
Shakhtar Donetsk
46' Mykhailo Mudryk replaces Fernando in Shakhtar Donetsk's second change of the game.
H. Sudakov
Shakhtar Donetsk
46' Tete replaces Heorhii Sudakov in Shakhtar Donetsk's first change of the game.
B. Nikolov
D. Kolovos
46' Boban Nikolov replaces Dimitris Kolovos in Sheriff's first change of the game.
Both teams have already been ruled out of contention for the knockout stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League. For the Ukrainian side, it is the fourth consecutive campaign in which they haven’t been able to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22).
Fernando's late goal is the difference - and it has put the hosts on track for their first Champions League group stage win. There's a long way to go though - at half-time, it is Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Sheriff.
45' There's going to be one added minute in this first half.
44' Off the bar from Dodo! The woodwork is getting one impressive workout from the hosts today.
S. Kryvtsov
Shakhtar Donetsk
42' Kryvtsov does some hard work there, but if anything, it's perhaps a little too easy. Sheriff absolutely switched off.
Shakhtar Donetsk
42' GOAL! FERNANDO PUTS SHAKHTAR DONETSK ON TOP! 1-0! Talk about a scrappy finish! The forward finishes off after Kryvtsov sticks the ball through for him, cutting up two defenders and then slipping as he pokes a finish under a hapless Athanasiadis!
38' Bruno is the latest player to go down in a tackle, as both sides continue to peck at each other. There is undoubtedly a pulse of agitation to their exchanges.
36' Intriguingly, while Shakhtar have enjoyed almost three-quarters of possession, they have won only exactly half of their duels with Sheriff so far. That suggests a closeness that other elements do not.
34' Sheriff seem to have flicked a switch of sorts, and they hammer another half-chance past goal now.
32' Sheriff spark a rare counter attack, with Cristiano slapping a one-touch volley straight over the crossbar.
30' A Bruno handball continues to see the visitors heap pressure upon themselves.
28' It really has been a disappointing season on the European circuit for the hosts, but they are certainly moving to finish with a bang. Sheriff are continuing to look a touch hemmed in.
26' Shakhtar exert the pressure again and win a corner off Traore, but Sheriff survive once more. The sense of an incoming goal continues to grow.
24' Off the crossbar! Solomon swings a blinder of a finish around a crowded box and just as it looks like it will dip low enough, it hits the woodwork and ricochets away.
22' Both managers, in the bitter December chill of the Ukraine night, are bellowing orders at both players. It is a frigid evening on the continent.
20' Shakhtar Dontesk have only won one of their last 11 home games in the UEFA Champions League (D5 L5), while they’ve failed to score in seven of the games in this run, including both in 2021-22 (D1 L1).
E. Addo
Yellow Card
18' Now Addo is booked, after launching a crunching challenge. This is a pretty edgy encounter so far.
18' Dodo levels another inswinging finish around from the right flank, licking beyond the left post as he tries to bend it in.
16' Another corner with another half-chance for the hosts. Sheriff are looking a little bit on edge so far.
14' The pressure isn't exclusively one way, but it's hard to avoid that Shakhtar have started the livelier of the two. It'll be interesting to see how they propel their energy levels forward.
12' Korniienko now draws a free-kick for the hosts, after Traore edges him over. This could be a scrappy game today.
Yellow Card
Shakhtar Donetsk
10' There's an early yellow card here, after Yansane is decked deep in his own half by Fernando.
8' Solomon! That could have been a corker of an early goal, lofted superbly from the left flank and steered just over the far side of the crossbar.
6' Sheriff move to take it down the other end now, but their back-and-forth play draws the ire of the linesman, who flags them for offside.
4' Shakhtar come up with a corner and push it over the crossbar after it's swung in from the left. They're aiming to get only their second goal of the group stage today.
3' It's a smattering of a crowd tonight, but they're making a decent chunk of noise. The hosts are looking to make the most of an energetic start.
1' We are underway in this UEFA Champions League clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff!
The teams have emerged at Kiev Olympic Stadium for the Champions League anthem and we are moments away from kick-off.
Sheriff won 2-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in this season’s UEFA Champions League – excluding qualifiers, they will be looking to win consecutive meetings against an opponent in European competition for the very first time.
This will be the fourth meeting between Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff in European competition (including qualifiers), with the previous three seeing each side record one victory apiece (one draw).
Subs: Alexandr Belousov, Frank Andersson Castaneda Velez, Serafim Cojocaru, Serghei Pascenco, Maxim Cojocaru, Keston Julien, Boban Nikolov, Dumitru Celeadnic, Stjepan Radeljic.
SHERIFF (4-2-3-1): Georgios Athanasiadis; Fernando Costanza, Danilo Arboleda, Gustavo Dulanto, Cristiano; Edmond Addo, Sebastien Thill; Bruno, Dimitris Kolovos, Momo Yansane; Adama Traore.
Subs: Oleksiy Shevchenko, Moraes, Vitao, Mateus Tete, Danylo Sikan, Anatolii Trubin, Mykola Matvyenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Mykhailo Mudryk, Maycon, Ismaily, Yukhym Konoplia.
SHAKHTAR DONETSK (4-1-4-1): Andriy Pyatov; Dodo, Sergey Krivtsov, Valerii Bondar, Viktor Korniienko; Marcos Antonio; Marlos Bonfim, Artem Bondarenko, Heorhii Sudakov, Manor Solomon; Fernando.
Ismaily, Alan Patrick, Junior Moraes and Lassina Traore are all still missing for Shakhtar through injury today, while Sheriff are also without Moussa Kyabou, though Adama Traore leads up front once more.
While they've sat at the foot however, their visitors from the Divizia Naționala have taken some stunning scalps this term in their maiden Champions League run. Those results mean they will finish third and head to the Europa League - but they'd be delighted to make it a double over their opponents to sign off.
Talk about a trying time at the continental office for today's Ukrainian Premier League hosts. They've taken just one point, in a draw with Inter, and have notched just the one goal. Rooted to the bottom of their table, they'll be desperate to exit stage left with something to celebrate.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, as Shakhtar Donetsk look to ensure they at least finish their European campaign with a win against Sheriff in Group D.