Witness the complete replay and highlights of the Shakhtar Donetsk vs Antwerp match.
The action starts at 17:45 (GMT) on 28th November 2023
The referee officiating this game is B. Frankowski
Stadium hosting this exciting match is the Volksparkstadion
This is a thrilling showdown in Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group H, Season 2023/2024
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Antwerp Full Match Reports
Darijo Srna’s Shakhtar Donetsk squad kept their dim aspirations of advancing to the UEFA Champions League (UCL) knockout stage alive with a tense 1-0 triumph over Royal Antwerp, marking their first chance in six group stage attempts.
Antwerp, somewhat of a point contributor in Group H this season, found themselves trailing Shakhtar after just 12 minutes. In a stylish move, Oleksandr Zubkov’s enticing cross discovered Mykola Matviyenko at the near post. The defender executed a diving header, stooping low to guide the ball beyond goalkeeper Jean Butez. Despite a brief VAR check for potential handball, the goal was confirmed.
Following the early lead, it seemed Shakhtar would seize control of the must-win match. However, the narrative took an unexpected turn, with the Group H underdogs threatening to level the score twice before halftime. Michel-Ange Balikwisha had the first chance, his deflected shot easily handled by Dmytro Riznyk in the hosts’ goal. Moments later, Shakhtar’s shot-stopper was called into action again to deny Arbnor Muja, who tested Riznyk with a drilled effort from range.
Under pressure before halftime, Srna likely delivered a stern team talk, evident in Shakhtar’s transformed performance after the interval. If not for the width of the crossbar on two occasions, the Ukrainian side could have doubled their advantage. Irakli Azarovi’s powerful strike forced a save from Butez, who managed to push the ball onto the upright. Shortly after, Taras Stepanenko’s strike rattled the woodwork.
Fortunately, those missed opportunities didn’t haunt Shakhtar as they weathered the late Antwerp surge to secure three crucial points. While they remain outside the top two in Group H, hope persists heading into their final match against FC Porto. The situation is less optimistic for Antwerp, concluding their inaugural UCL group campaign at the bottom. They have one more chance against Barcelona in Belgium to secure their first point, aiming to avoid a sixth consecutive UCL defeat.
Man of the Match: Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk).