Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Highlights and Full Match | Video

View the full match replay and highlights of the thrilling encounter between Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk. This gripping clash unfolded as part of the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024, Group H, on Matchday 3.

The action commenced at 16:45 GMT on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at the renowned Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in the heart of Barcelona.

Guiding the game’s proceedings was the experienced referee, Ivan Kružliak, hailing from Slovakia. Under the stadium’s majestic floodlights, two powerhouse teams collided in a showdown that will be etched in football lore.

Experience the excitement and drama as these elite squads vied for supremacy in this unforgettable Champions League showdown. Watch the full match replay and relive the heart-pounding moments that transpired on that fateful October evening.

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk Full Match Reports

Barcelona continued their impressive form in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, securing their third consecutive win in the competition. This win extended Barcelona’s unbeaten start to the season, with 10 wins and 3 draws in 13 matches.

Shakhtar arrived in Catalonia after an impressive comeback win against Royal Antwerp on matchday two. They knew they needed another strong performance against an in-form Barcelona side that had a perfect record in Group H. Barcelona started the game dominantly, with Fermín López having an early attempt blocked by Dmytro Riznyk’s boot.

Barcelona continued to press for a breakthrough as the first half progressed. After López struck the post from close range, Ferran Torres capitalized on the rebound to confidently give Barcelona a well-deserved lead just before the half-hour mark. López, who had been influential, doubled their advantage eight minutes later. He skillfully navigated past a challenge on the edge of the box before unleashing a powerful shot into the top corner.

Trailing by two goals at halftime for the second consecutive UCL match, Shakhtar emerged in the second half with renewed determination. They managed to pull a goal back in the 62nd minute when Heorhiy Sudakov brilliantly finished Irakli Azarovi’s inch-perfect pass. Encouraged by this goal, Shakhtar went in search of an equalizer as the clock ticked into the final 25 minutes. However, it was Barcelona that came closest to restoring their two-goal lead as López curled a magnificent effort against the post.

Despite Shakhtar’s pressure and a couple of half-chances for Taras Stepanenko, Barcelona held their ground and secured a hard-earned three points. They extended their impressive home record against Ukrainian clubs to nine wins out of 12 matches, with one draw and two losses. Shakhtar will be eager to bounce back in the return fixture on matchday four after losing two of their first three group games.

Man of the Match: Fermín López (Barcelona).