FULL-TIME, Shakhtar 1-0 Barcelona: Barça have failed to guarantee mathematical qualification and have suffered their first loss in Europe this season thanks to a pathetic performance and a deserved defeat. The pitch was horrible, but Barça’s attack was much, much worse. Just awful.
87’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Shakhtar make it 2-0 thanks to a sensational strike by Newerton, but the goal is ruled out for a very narrow offside.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Shakhtar 1-0 Barcelona: Back underway in Hamburg!
HALFTIME, Shakhtar 1-0 Barcelona: Barça are deservedly behind after a truly terrible first half performance. Shakhtar defended well and created the best chances, and Sikan’s great header has the hosts in front at the break.
40’ GOAL, Shakhtar 1-0 Barcelona (Sikan): Shakhtar take the lead as a cross from the right finds Danylo Sikan in the box and the young striker heads it home.
KICKOFF! Shakhtar 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Hamburg!
WELCOME TO THE VOLKSPARKSTADION!!! The spectacular home of German giants Hamburg is the site of Shakhtar Donetsk’s home matches in Europe this season and the site of a massive Champions League group stage clash between this evening’s hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one needing just one point to guarantee qualification to the knockout rounds for the first time in three years. But it won’t be easy against a Shakhtar side that made things very tough for Barça two weeks ago, and needs a result to stay alive in the group. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Araujo, Christensen, Alonso; Gündogan, Romeu, Gavi; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Ferran (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Astralaga (GK), Kounde, Iñigo, Balde, Casadó, Pedri, Fermín, Yamal, Félix
Starting XI: Riznyk; Gocholeishvili, Bondar, Rakitskyy, Matviyenko; Kryskiv, Stepanenko, Sudakov; Zubkov, Sikan, Newerton (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Rudko (GK), Lemkin, Castillo, Eguinaldo, Shved, Azarov, Kelsy, Chyrgrynskiy, Topalov, Miroshi, Nazaryna, Kashchuk
Competition/Round: 2023-24 Champions League, Group H, Matchday 4
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 5.45pm GMT (UK), 12.45pm ET, 9.45am PT (USA), 11.15pm IST (India)
Venue: Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: TUDN (USA), TNT Sports 3 (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), SONY TEN 5 (India), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!