Shakhtar Donetsk beat Maccabi Tel Aviv by 2-0
Published: 11:22 AM, 19 February 2021
Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk beat Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv by 2-0 in the round of 32 first leg of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
The match was played behind closed doors at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa, south of the coastal city of Tel Aviv.
Shakhtar almost scored in the 23rd minute, but Maccabi goalkeeper Daniel Tenenbaum saved a dangerous shot by Junior Moraes.
Eight minutes later, however, Shakhtar’s Brazilian midfielder Alan Patrick found the net, following an accurate pass by Mykola Matviienko.
Maccabi appealed for a penalty in the 39th minute after Aleksandar Pesic tumbled in the area, but referee Francois Letexier deemed Serhiy Kryvtsov’s challenge to be a legal one.
Maccabi had chances to equalize in the closing stages, but goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin saved Nick Blackman’s shot and Luis Hernandez’s header.
Shakhtar’s Brazilian forward Tete doubled the score in the 93rd minute, latching onto a pass by his compatriot Fernando.
The second leg will be played next Thursday in Kiev, while the round of 16 draw will take place the following day in Nyon, Switzerland.