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On July 10, Shakhtar set the stage for the official matches in the new season. In Odesa, the Pitmen locked horns with Chornomorets in the fight for the Ukrainian Super Cup.
17 minutes. Shakhtar ripped open the Sailors’ defence after just two passes: Kanibolotskiy palmed the ball away to Taison, who raced down the left wing and swept an excellent pass through to Fred, who beat his opponent and planted a precision left-footer into the far corner. In other 16 minutes, quick transition from defence to attack was successful for Lucescu’s team. Taison charged down the middle and passed it to Rakitskiy, rwsulting in two scored goals by Shakhtar.
45+1 minutes. Vangeli delivered a high ball into the penalty area, from where Antonov headed it home vs Shakhtar from close range. 68 minutes. Goal – 1-3! Vangeli brought down Shevchuk in his own penalty area. The referee Serhiy Boyko pointed to the penalty spot, and Taison sent it in the right-hand corner. Bezotosnyi guessed the direction corectly, but could not reach the ball.
“I think it’s been a very entertaining match today. We played against a well-prepared and organized team. Meanwhile, we looked completely different from us in the United Tournament. There’s been a different attitude, the team showed different character. We knew it would have been tough had we built it around our fitness. In this regard, Chornomorets are probably more powerful. So we aimed at constantly controlling the ball, the game and taking advantage of open spaces by virtue of our skill and the speed of the attacking players. And so it happened: after two blistering attacking moves, we scored the first two goals. Then we conceded a completely unnecessary goal just a few seconds from halftime. This goal has demonstrated that Chornomorets are very strong in terms of crossing from flanks and at set-pieces. Throughout the first half we controlled the game and I think we won deservedly. I am happy with the team. The players have done everything possible to not feel the absence of Mkhitaryan and Fernandinho who had left. I would like to note in today's match the young Fred and Teixeira, who has done a lot in terms of our game organisation. Although I would again mention the whole team,” Shakhtar’s mentor Mircea Lucescu told a press conference after the match.