Shakhtar lost points for the first time in the second round. The Pitmen played a fighting draw against Chornomorets on the road. Dynamo had no problems in the game against Lvov. Dnipro-1, thanks to Dovbik’s hat-trick, defeated Metallist-1925 and reduced the gap to Shakhtar to one point. Zorya defeated Rukh without any problems and remains in third position in the table.
A contender for the European Cup zone – that was Veres in the first part of the championship. And in the second, the Rivne residents firmly sat down at the bottom of the standings. And all because the series without the victories of the Wirth team looks intimidating. The defeat from Kryvbas is the seventh in the last eight matches. The last time the “people’s team” won was last November.
After yet another setback – this time in the game against Kryvbas – Veres head coach Yuriy Virtu found it increasingly difficult to find words and excuses: “There is a good game, but there is no result. I would like the players to be responsible for the game. They are in front of me, and I already answer to the president. Now let’s talk seriously. Because for some reason the players are not the same as they were last year. Perhaps this is my responsibility. For there was more gingerbread than a stick. Now let’s move on to the whip. Because there are players who do not improve. I do not like it”.
Kryvbas head coach Yuriy Vernydub, after the away victory over Veres, won by his wards in the minority, said that from now on his players deserve a flattering epithet: “I was once asked when this team could be called “men”. From now on, the guys deserve this nickname. They showed that they are a team. Despite the removal.
At the 47th minute of the Metalist-Kolos match, the referee Derdo saw a violation of the rules by Kravchenko in the fight against Demchenko in the penalty area, and pointed to the penalty mark. The judge’s verdict was carried out by Pryadun. Maxim shot hard, but his shot was not a problem for the experienced Volynets: the guests’ keeper parried the ball.
It is interesting that the last time the yellow-blues did not take a penalty kick was exactly 11 years ago – on April 1, 2012, when Marko Devic sent the ball over the goal in the home match between Kharkiv and Kryvbas.
For 85 minutes, “Minaj” won against “Ingulets” thanks to an accurate shot by Kravets after a corner kick. But five minutes before the end of normal time, Melnik scored with a crossbow. However, the main trouble awaited the Transcarpathians already in compensated time. In the fourth added minute, Monzul appointed a penalty kick against Sharan’s wards, and Kovalev brought victory to his team with a beautiful shot into the top corner: the third in the last four fights.
The long-awaited first victory at the head of “Alexandria” was obtained by Rotan. Until now, the wards of Ruslan Petrovich played exclusively in a draw. And in the game against the crisis “Vorskla” they finally broke through. The hosts did not experience any particular problems in the game against Skrypnyk’s team. In addition, Poltava to some extent contributed to the first goal of “Alexandria”: the defender of “Vorskla” Perduta scored an own goal. Towards the end of the first half, Kulakov consolidated his success. And the winning point at the end of the game was set by Loginov’s center back with a header. There is the first victory in Rotan’s club coaching career. But Skripnik’s career at Vorskla is clearly not going well so far.
Both Lviv teams in the 19th round played under the guidance of new coaches. Vitaly Ponomarev turned out to be at the head of Rukh, and Anatoly Bezsmertny headed (for the second time) the “citizens”. Both mentors were not very lucky with the debut, because they had to play against teams from the top four. Rukhovtsev was examined by Zorya, and Lviv by Dynamo. As a result, the debut “pancakes” turned out to be lumpy. Bezsmertny’s wards lost 0:2, while Ponomarev’s team lost 0:3.
Dynamo scored the first goal against Lviv from a free kick. Shepelev approached the ball, but did not hit it himself, but unexpectedly passed to Vanat. He powerfully charged the bottom into the far corner of the gate. The ball “pierced” both the wall and the goalkeeper Rybka at the same time.
The match against Lviv became the 100th match for Dynamo head coach Mircea Lucescu in all tournaments at the helm of the White-Blues. Wards presented the “jubilee” not with a tie, but with a real gift: a victory.
“Rapid shooter” tour
The score in the match Chornomorets – Shakhtar was already opened at 21 seconds. Kryskiv distinguished himself, assisted by Bondarenko. Dmitry managed to accurately break into the top corner of the gate.
The Pitmen’s forward Traore made an epic miss in the Chornomorets-Shakhtar match. On 15 minutes, after Shakhtar’s excellent attack, Lassina found himself about seven meters in front of an empty goal, but managed to shoot higher. Perhaps if Traore had scored then, the Pitmen would have won the final victory.
Shakhtar lost points for the first time in the second part of the championship. Despite the fact that in the match against Chornomorets the Donetsk team opened the scoring already in the first minute of the game (Kryskiv scored), the conceded goal did not “destroy” the Odessa team, but, on the contrary, rallied it. Seven minutes later, Chornomorets restored the balance: Putria accurately converted the penalty. But ten minutes later the guests took the lead again: Gocholeishvili scored his debut goal for the Pitmen. However, Grigorchuk’s team managed to stay on their feet this time too: towards the end of the first half, Salyuk again restored the status quo. In the second half, Shakhtar had a playing advantage, but thanks to the confident play in Nepogodov’s “frame”, the hosts managed to keep the draw.
Dnipro-1’s game against Metalist-1925 was made by Dnipro’s forward Dovbik, who scored three goals at once. First, he scored after a chic transfer Pikhalenok. Then twice, without a chance for the goalkeeper Mozil from Kharkiv, he accurately punched from the penalty mark. Now Artem has 15 goals in the UPL, and he is the sole leader in the scorer dispute (he is ahead of Buyalsky, who is in second place, by four accurate shots).
SC Dnepr-1. Artem Dovbik
Zorya remains the only team that did not lose points in the second part of the championship. The Luhansk team has four victories in four spring matches. Wards van Leeuwen are in third place in the standings.
Symbolic team of the tour
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