Thursday, 28 April 2016

Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevilla face on Thursday, the penultimate assault in the first leg of their semi-final of the Europa League, to be in another final of the tournament, something they both already know and also with the honor of being champions: Ukrainians in 2009 and Spanish four times (2006, 2007, 2015 and 2016).

They meet again these two teams in the second continental competition after the remembered knockout round of the then UEFA Cup in the 2006-07 season, in which a headed goal goalkeeper Andrés Palop at the last minute led to a extension subsequently sentenced Ernesto Chevantón Uruguay (2-3) in a match played in Donetsk then.

Romanian Mircea Lucescu was the coach of Ukrainians then and still is in front of Shakhtar, which was responsible for remembering that fate for his team, on the contrary that for Sevilla, who agreed to the final and won the Espanyol in Glasgow.

The Ukrainian team continues as one of the standards of football in his country, next to Dynamo Kiev, and get stronger this round undefeated since entering the tournament bounced Champions League.

Also they are in issuing the French Central Adil Rami, who was injured in El Molinon against Sporting last Wednesday; the Canary Islander Victor Machin 'Vitolo'; and French left-back Benoit Tremoulinas, these two absent in recent calls for physical ailments.

The question is whether some of these 'touched' will come to be on Thursday night for the party or be among the four Emery discards to be made before the crash.

Shakhtar, meanwhile, receives the low hours Sevilla, and you just lost the Ukrainian league against Dynamo Kiev, so the Europa League is its lifeline.

Shakhtar is strong in attack with two offensive side (Srna and Ismaili), two Brazilian interior (and Marlos Taison) and Argentine Facundo Ferreyra more advanced player, but weakens defense, which lacks forcefulness.

The Ukrainians, who will be without two of its Brazilian Fred for warnings and Azevedo by lesión-, you know what it is to play with a Spanish team this season as they lost to Real Madrid in the two games in the first phase of the Champions League.


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