UEL: Shakhtar vs Basel



Shakhtar Donetsk takes on Basel in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League on Tuesday. The Ukrainian champions have plenty of attacking flair with Brazilian-born players who could beat Basel in Gelsenkirchen, Germany's neutral ground.

Shakhtar Donetsk - Europa League

Shakhtar Donetsk recently won the fourth consecutive championship title in the Ukrainian Premier League. Luís Castro's side was 23 points ahead of Dynamo Kiev, losing only twice during the entire season. Shakhtar are unbeaten in the last 10 matches, winning 8. They took a 2-1 lead in the first leg against Wolfsburg in the 16th round of the Europa League and completed their next move with a 3-0 home win with goals at the end. battle. They were a better team, but there were a few squeals when midfielder Davit Khocholava was sent off in the 67th minute. Fortunately, Wolfsburg had only 10 players left after 3 minutes and Shakhtar took advantage. The Ukrainian champions scored three late-game goals as Junior Moraes scored in the 89th minute, Manor Solomon in the 91st and Moraes twice in 92.

FC Basel - Europa League

Basel finished 3rd in the Swiss Super League, unbeaten in their last 7 matches. They have been struggling with scoring at the end of the season, drawing 4 of their last 5 matches. Coach Marcel Koller's team took a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League round of 16. They returned home on Thursday and won 1-0 in the second leg thanks to a late strike by Fabian Frei. Basel goalkeeper Jonas Omlin was injured alongside midfielders Luca Zuffi and Ramires. These two clubs met in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1996-97 with a 2-2 draw. They met again in the 2008-09 Champions League group stage. Shakhtar won 2-1 in Switzerland and 5-0 in Donetsk, the last time they met was a 2015 friendly match with Shakhtar Donetsk beating Basel 3-1. Basel proved difficult to beat and won against Getafe in both group stage matches this season. They are worthy winners against Eintracht Frankfurt but Shakhtar will present a different challenge. Basel is unbeaten in the last 8 games (all competitions) and has won 7 matches but has drawn 4 of their last 5 matches (Swiss Super League). Basel has seen over 3.5 goals in 5 of the last 7 games (Swiss Super League). 




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