|Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna shakes hands with Dynamo captain Leandro Fernandez. Photo: Shakhtar.com|
The omen continued as Shakhtar came on for the second half, immediately hovering in Dynamo's box and more eager to score than ever. Set pieces were key in the game, and Dynamo's corner on the 60th minute gave the Moscovites a Kuranyi goal smack dab in the middle of the net. Shakhtar keeper Kanibolotskiy acquired an injury during the game, and Pyatov, who played well in the first half, took to tending the net once again. But even the Pitmen's main keeper couldn't parry Christian Noboa's brilliant free kick delivery, and the ball comfortably grazed the far post of the net. Defensive subs seemed to play a negative role for the Moscovites as Shakhtar found plenty of space to storm the box, ensuring there would be no clean sheet for Anton Shunin. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose thirst for goals had considerably increased in the second half, easily shot a ball past the Dynamo keeper. What followed was a series of dangerous corners from the likes of the Pitmen, many of which may have led to a potential equalizer. Adriano and Fernandinho created a threatening central attack, and Taison's set piece deliveries were an essential element of Shakhtar's powerhouse.
The Moscovites escaped with a 2:1 win, though the game seemed to be heading for a draw. Interestingly, Shakhtar and Dynamo's last meeting also ended with a narrow win, a 3:2 victory for the Moscovites back in October 1991. Today, Dynamo played a worthy 90 minutes against the Champions League contenders. The quality of play showed that it may not be long before the world bears witness to a Dynamo Moscow-Shakhtar Donetsk game in a European competition, and that, perhaps, may go on to become one of the most memorable games of all time.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Moscow - 1:2 (0:0)
Venue: Mardan Sports Complex (Antalya, Turkey)
Referee: Sergei Kostevitch (1st half), Timur Arslanbekov (2nd half)
0:1 (60') Kevin Kuranyi (Asst. Balasz Dzsudzsak)
0:2 (78') Christian Noboa (free kick)
1:2 (82') Henrikh Mkhitaryan
11 Eduardo (29 Teixera, 46') - 9 Adriano
28 Taison - 7 Fernandinho - 3 Hübschman (6 Stepanenko, 69') - 22 Mkhitaryan
26 Rat (95 Sobol, 77') - 27 Chygrynskiy (5 Kucher, 46') - 44 Rakitskiy - 33 Srna (C)
30 Pyatov (32 Kanibolotskiy, 46', Pyatov, 69')
22 Kuranyi (8 Davydov, 60') - 9 Kokorin (78 Solomatin)
90 Solovyev (61 Yevseyev, 88') - 16 Noboa - 14 Yusupov (41 Sapeta, 88') - 7 Dzsudzsak
13 Granat - 6 Fernandez (C) - 15 Epureanu (11 Ignatovich, 60') - 23 Wilkshire (44 Chicherin, 60')