Shakhtar Donetsk FC to face S.L. Benfica in Europa League match

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Shakhtar Donetsk FC players will finally have an official match after a winter break, training camps and sparrings. The Miners will face Portuguese S.L. Benfica.

"It is very difficult to determine a favorite in a match between two very similar teams. Shakhtar and Benfica both adhere to offensive, combinational football, they are both leading in the championships of Ukraine and Portugal, so it is difficult to determine a favorite. The teams are even, and success will accompany the one that will be able to find the perfect formula of combination, attack, defense and counterattack," Luis Castro, Shakhtar’s main coach, stated.

Related: Shakhtar Donetsk to stand against Benfica in UEFA Europa League playoffs

In 2007, Shakhtar and Benfica played in the same group of Champions League. At that time, the teams were to achieve victories over each other in away matches, but no one could reach the playoffs of the Champions League.

As we reported earlier, Shakhtar Donetsk FC has set the value of Mykola Matviienko’s contract, which is London-based Arsenal’s object of interest.

According to Sky Sports, Shakhtar wants to receive 35,5 million euros for their ward. The sum appeared to be too high for Cannoneers who initially agreed to hire the player for 5,3 million euros. And if everything goes well, they will buy his contract out for 26 million euros.

Related: London-based Arsenal wants to acquire Shakhtar’s Matviienko

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