Final score

27 October 2020 18:55

Shakhtar Donetsk
0 - 0
Referee: Georgi Kabarov / Linesmen: M. Margaritov, D. Valkov / Fourth official: V. Chinkov / Assistants: M. Achmuller, F. Zwayer
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47' The first half ends in Kiev: plenty of chances and two hits of the woodwork for the Nerazzurri; as it stands, the score is 0-0 against Shakhtar
45' Two minutes of time to be added at the end of the half
41' Lukaku strikes the crossbar after Trubin tips it upwards onto the woodwork. Second time the Nerazzurri have struck post not net.
40' Vidal is brought down by Bondar on the edge of the area. The Nerazzurri have a freekick in a dangerous position.
39' Brozovic passes to Lautaro, but Trubin collects, guarded by his defenders.
35' Handanovic thwarts a ball threaded through the centre of the pitch towards his area.
33' Barella passes to Lukaku who tries to turn on the shoulder of his opposing centre back but the ball heads behind for a corner.
32' Freekick whipped in by Marcos Antonio is cleared by Handanovic
31' Bastoni brings down Tete and receives a yellow card.
29' Young receives a ball from D'Ambrosio, but then the cross from the English winger is just slightly overhit.
27' Brilliant play by Young on the left: a nutmeg on Dodo and a cross into the box aimed at Lukaku. The Shakhtar defence were undone by him.
25' Shakhtar press, but Maycon's 20 metre run isn't enough and Handanovic clears up the danger.
23' Another Inter chance: Brozovic plays a ball to Lautaro, who can't place the ball past the keeper.
22' The Nerazzurri keep pushing. Vidal whips in a corner, followed by a header from Lukaku but can't find the back of the net. Inter continue to look for an opener.
18' Barella pushes one on one with Trubin, who saves his effort with his feet. However, the number 23 Nerazzurri is stated to be offside.
16' Double chance for Inter. Lukaku is initially denied by Turbin, and Barella's follow up half-volley smashes the crossbar and goes over.
15' Lautaro's header is saved by Turbin following a deep cross.
15' Taison replaces Dentinho
12' Dentinho is injured, grasping his left thigh. He leaves the field.
9' Hakimi whips in a cross to Young who's waiting near the back post, but he can't feed the ball through to his teammate.
6' D'Ambrosio hits the ball with his right foot and pumps the ball into the centre of the area but Khocholava is wise to it and clears the ball.
4' Hakimi pulls off a smart nutmeg on the edge of the area, but he's brought down. The referee waves play on.
1' Everything is in place for kick off: at the Olimpiysky Stadium in Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter is underway. Let's go boys! Forza Inter!
1' Match day two in the UEFA Champions League 2020-2021 for Antonio Conte's Inter, who travel to Kiev for their clash against Shakhtar Donetsk
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48' Final whistle in Kiev: Inter were unable to find a way past the orange wall. It finishes 0-0, with the Nerazzurri picking up their second consecutive draw in Group B.
45' three minutes of added time set to be played.
43' Alan Patrick comes on for Captain Marcos Antonio for the home team.
41' Lukaku tries to thread the ball through to Hakimi from the edge of the area but he over hits his pass. It goes out for a goal kick.
39' Pinamonti comes on for Young: another subsitution by Inter.
38' Ashley Young makes a mistake at the back, but Tete is unable to profit off of it and de Vrij mops up the error.
34' Darmian comes on for D'Ambrosio.
33' Conte brings on Eriksen for Vidal.
31' Lukaku is brought down in the area. The number 9 was being grabbed but the referee saw no wrongdoing, in spite of the Nerazzurri protests. No penalty.
26' First change for Conte: Perisic comes on for Lautaro
24' Inter continue to press forward and search for the opener, but they can't find the space or time.
19' Vidal brings down Dodo. There's no contact but the referee gives the midfielder a yellow card.
17' Khocholava is injured. He is replaced by Matviyenko
14' Brozovic plays it to Lautaro, who tries to dribble into the area but is stopped in his tracks.
12' Vidal's header sails over the crossbar following a cross by Brozovic.
11' Dangerous cross by Hakimi: Khocholava is wise to it and puts it out for a corner.
9' Brilliant chance for Lautaro who puts it wide after Trubin failed to clear Brozovic's effort. Lautaro misses a tap-in.
7' Bastoni tried to feed the ball to Lautaro but his effort is over hit.
3' De Vrij launches the ball forward to Lautro who is closed down by Dodo, who then steals the ball on the touch line.
1' The second half begins without any chances to formations. The Nerazzurri begin with the ball. Let's go boys! Forza Inter!

de Vrij
Average rating 5.03
4 shots on target 12
1 shots off target 4
5 fouls committed 13
2 corners 6
0 offsides 3
42% ball possession 58%

Mateus Tetê has been directly involved in three goals in four UEFA Champions League appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk (two goals and one assist); no player has been involved in more for the club since the Brazilian’s debut in the competition in November 2019.

Inter Milan have kept a clean sheet in two of their three matches against Shakhtar Donetsk, winning on each occasion, 2-0 in August 2005 (UEFA CL qualifier) and 5-0 in August 2020 (UEFA Europa League).

Shakhtar Donetsk have lost their last two matches against Italian teams in European competition – they last lost three in a row in August 2005, when they lost seven on the bounce.

Shakhtar Donetsk have scored 17 goals across their last seven games in European competition, netting at least twice in six of the games in this run; including three in their win at Real Madrid on MD1.

Inter Milan have never lost against Ukrainian opposition in all European competition (W6 D3), winning each of the last four such matches in a row.

Romelu Lukaku remains on the longest ever run of scoring in consecutive European appearances for Inter Milan (nine games), while he’s been directly involved in 15 goals across these nine games (11 goals and four assists).

wins(0) draws(2) defeats(0)

KYIV – There was a collective gasp in the stadium as almost 10,000 fans in the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex watched the ball crash against the woodwork. Not just once, but twice. First, Barella hit the frame of the goal with a thunderous right-footed strike from the edge of the box. Then, Lukaku struck the bar with a free kick that was touched onto the bar by the impressive Trubin in between the sticks for Shakhtar. But that’s not all: Conte’s men missed a number of chances, with Lautaro notably failing to find the net from close range at the start of the second half. Ultimately, Inter weren’t able to break through. Unlike in August, Shakhtar came prepared, doing their best to avoid mistakes in their build-up play. However, they never really threatened going forward. The 0-0 draw in Kyiv means that the Nerazzurri now sit on two points in the group ahead of their upcoming double-header against Real Madrid. A change of pace will be necessary.

The last encounter between Shakhtar and Inter in the Europa League semi-final in August provided important insights on how to approach a match against the Ukrainians. They’re a lively, fast and technical team with willing runners, and they like to move the ball around. In Germany, Inter completely nullified these characteristics with one precise weapon: the aggression they displayed in the opposition half. Because if Castro’s side are attacked, they tend to give their opponents chances, despite the compact nature of their defensive and midfield lines when they’re out of possession. The Nerazzurri spent the first 15 minutes of tonight’s match looking for a way through, and then they began to land a few blows. First, Lautaro saw his header saved by the goalkeeper, and then Lukaku began to trouble Shakhtar’s backline by vigorously engaging in a host of duels.

The Belgian was involved in Barella’s big chance: after being denied by Trubin, he laid the ball back for the Italian midfielder, whose half-volley cannoned off the bar. The score remained 0-0, despite the fact that Inter had the first seven efforts at goal, including a close-range Lukaku header that went narrowly wide. At the end of the first half, Conte’s men were denied by the woodwork again: Lukaku fired a brilliant free kick at Trubin’s goal, but the Shakhtar shot-stopper intervened with an equally fantastic fingertip save. More frustration for the Nerazzurri.

The second half had less rhythm and intensity. The styles of play didn’t change, with Inter in control and Shakhtar more focused on defending rather than attacking. The tight-knit lines of defence drawn up by Castro don’t allow much space to play: Shakhtar’s opponents must wait to find gaps through the middle or out wide in order to create dangerous situations.  A huge chance came in the 54th minute: after nice combination play between Lukaku and Brozovic, the Croatian pinged a brilliant effort that Trubin parried, with Lautaro subsequently missing the rebound from seven yards out. The Argentine’s miss upset the Nerazzurri’s rhythm, and they started to lose their intensity. As the minutes went by, Shakhtar grew in confidence but failed to truly test Handanovic. Inter had moments in which they shone, but they grew increasingly rare, and the Ukrainians were able to defend in an increasingly comfortable fashion. Conte’s didn’t have the desired effect: the 0-0 scoreline didn’t change.


SHAKHTAR DONETSK (4-2-3-1): 81 Trubin; 2 Dodô, 5 Khocholava (22 Matviyenko 62'), 77 Bondar, 15 Korniienko; 27 Maycon, 8 Marcos Antonio; 14 Tetê, 11 Marlos (21 Alan Patrick 88'), 19 Solomon; 9 Dentinho (7 Taison 15').
Substitutes: 1 Shevchenko, 30 Pyatov, 6 Stepanenko, 23 Vakula, 28 Marquinhos, 49 Vitão, 50 Bolbat, 59 V'Yunnik, 61 Sudakov.
Coach: Castro.

INTER (3-4-1-2): 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio (36 Darmian 79'), 6 de Vrij, 95 Bastoni; 2 Hakimi, 77 Brozovic, 22 Vidal (24 Eriksen 79'), 15 Young (99 Pinamonti 85'); 23 Barella; 9 Lukaku, 10 Lautaro (14 Perisic 72').
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 35 Stankovic, 11 Kolarov, 13 Ranocchia, 42 Moretti, 44 Nainggolan, 46 Vezzoni, 50 Bonfanti.
Coach: Antonio Conte.

Bookings: Bastoni (I), Vidal (I)
Added time: 2' - 3'

Referee: Kabakov (BUL)
Assistants: Margaritov, Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Chinkov (BUL)
VAR and VAR Assistant: Zwayer, Achmüller (GER)

starting lineups

Trubin 81 1 Handanovic
Dodo 2 33 D'Ambrosio
Khocholava 5 6 de Vrij
Bondar 77 95 Bastoni
Korniienko 15 2 Hakimi
Maycon 27 22 Vidal
Marcos Antonio 8 77 Brozovic
Tete 14 15 Young
Marlos 11 23 Barella
Solomon 19 10 Martínez
Dentinho 9 9 Lukaku


Shevchenko 1 27 Padelli
Pyatov 30 35 Stankovic
Stepanenko 6 11 Kolarov
Taison 7 13 Ranocchia
Alan Patrick 21 14 Perisic
Matviyenko 22 24 Eriksen
Vakula 23 36 Darmian
Marquinhos 28 42 Moretti
Vitao 49 44 Nainggolan
Bolbat 50 46 Vezzoni
V'Yunnik 59 50 Bonfanti
Sudakov 61 99 Pinamonti

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