UEFA : Shakhtar Donetsk v Sevilla -reaction and analysis
Mircea Lucescu admits he has revenge in mind after Shakhtar were paired with a Sevilla side that eliminated the Ukrainian club thanks to goalkeeper Andrés Palop’s dramatic goal nine years ago
Expert analysis: Nick Aitken
On footballing grounds, if Sevilla fans had their choice before the draw then they may well have selected Shakhtar. However, the Ukrainian team will not be taken lightly – they were mighty impressive on Thursday. Keeper David Soria, occasionally shaky, could be set for a real test. Sevilla have strength in depth but they are missing playmaker Éver Banega, and cannot afford to lose Kevin Gameiro – the Frenchman’s quick legs could pose problems to a Shakhtar defence vulnerable to pace.
Facts about the tie
- The teams met in a sensational round of 16 tie in 2006/07. Enzo Maresca’s late goal earned Sevilla a 2-2 first-leg draw at home but the holders were again trailing 2-1 in the return when goalkeeper Andrés Palop headed in a 94th-minute equaliser. Ernesto Chevantón completed the comeback in extra time and Juande Ramos’s side went on to lift the trophy.
- Mircea Lucescu was Shakhtar’s coach then and now, and Olexandr Kucher, Vyacheslav Shevchuk and Darijo Srna remain in the Shakhtar squad (Srna missed the second leg). There are no survivors from that tie still with Sevilla.
- Sevilla have won their last four games against Ukrainian teams, most recently in last season’s final when they beat Dnipro 3-2 in Warsaw. The Spanish team have also had success in Lviv (albeit not at the Arena Lviv), Shakhtar’s European home, beating Karpaty Lviv 1-0 in the 2010 group stage.
Sevilla boast Ukrainian talent in @KONO_official, who made over 200 apps for Dnipro before moving to Spain.#UELdraw pic.twitter.com/9Arotz2TzS
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Last SF: 2014/15 (won 5-0 v Fiorentina)
SF record: W4 L0
UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015)
This season: W3 D1 L2 F9 A4 (entry: round of 32)
Top scorer: Kevin Gameiro (4)
Last SF: 2008/09 (won 3-2 v Dynamo Kyiv)
SF record: W1 L0
UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (2009)
This season: W5 D1 L0 F13 A2 (entry: round of 32)
Top scorer: Darijo Srna, Viktor Kovalenko, Eduardo, Facundo Ferreyra (2)