Action 21 Charleroi face a huge battle to retain the UEFA Futsal Cup after FC Shakhtar Donetsk comfortably defeated the holders in their opening second qualifying round Group B match in Belgrade, UEFA reported.

Ambitious Shakhtar had said before the game that they could upset the Belgian giants,but had to withstand an early storm as Alex and Chico missed early chances. Shakhtar punished them in the eight minute with their first chance, as Fedir Pylypiv went on a solo run and shot in from 12 metres out.

Shakhtar play Beograd knowing victory would take them into the semi-finals. The Coach Solodnyuk said: “We had so much respect for the European champions. We still have it, but we beat them because we believed we could. I know that we played very defensively. Sometimes tactics are more important than the names of he players.”


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