Don’t miss the chance to catch the complete playback and highlights of the thrilling showdown between Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona. The action kicks off at 17:45 (GMT) on the 7th of November 2023. The match is officiated by the esteemed referee I. Peljto and takes place at the illustrious Volksparkstadion. Be sure to tune in for this high-stakes clash in the Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group H, Season 2023/2024.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Barcelona Full Match Reports
Barcelona’s hopes of securing their spot in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) knockout stages were put on hold as their ten-match winning streak against Ukrainian opposition came to an end at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk.
Despite Barcelona’s urgency to secure their place in the knockouts, their performance got off to a slower start than expected under Xavi’s leadership. While İlkay Gündoğan had a decent attempt on goal, it was Shakhtar who had the best opportunity early on when Mykola Matviyenko found space inside the box, only to have his powerful strike saved by Marc-André ter Stegen. Barcelona had control of the game, but they struggled to find the final pass in the attacking third.
Shakhtar took advantage of Barcelona’s inefficiency and surprised them by taking the lead. After a well-executed passing sequence, a trademark of Barcelona’s style, Giorgi Gocholeishvili delivered a perfect cross for Danylo Sikan to head the ball past Ter Stegen. At halftime, Xavi must have given his team a rallying cry, as they came out rejuvenated in the second half. Ferran Torres went close with a curling effort, but it sailed just over the crossbar.
As Barcelona pressed for an equalizer, they were nearly caught on the counterattack. Ter Stegen came to the rescue to deny Sikan his second goal of the game. Xavi made several substitutions in search of a change in fortunes, but Barcelona continued to struggle in the final third. Shakhtar’s resolute defending kept them at bay.
Shakhtar had the opportunity to seal a more convincing victory when 18-year-old Newerton scored a stunning goal, but it was disallowed due to an offside flag. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the Ukrainian side as they held on to secure a famous victory over Barcelona and reignite their hopes of qualifying for the next round.
Man of the Match: Giorgi Gocholeishvili (Shakhtar Donetsk).