Shakhtar Donetsk – Olympique Lyonnais
Shakhtar Donetsk welcomes Olympique Lyonnais in a game from Group F of the Champions League. Let’s take a look at this clash on Wednesday night in Europe’s best competition.
Shakhtar are currently 3rd in the group with 5 points, but being just 2 points behind the 2nd Olympique Lyonnais. This means that the Ukrainian side will reach the 1/8-finals of the competition, if they win against the French team. A draw or a win for Olympique Lyonnais will mean that they will reach the next phase of the tournament.
If they win against Shakhtar, Lyonnais could even win this group. But this can happen only if the current leader Manchester City loses at home against Hoffenheim in the other game.
After four consecutive games without a win, Shakhtar finally achieved one in the previous round. The Ukrainian team beat Hoffenheim with 3-2 on German soil, thanks to goals from Ismaily and Taison.
Right now Shakhtar are third in the group, but if they lose against Lyonnais and Hoffenheim win against Manchester City, the Ukrainian side will finish 4th in the group.
For Olympique Lyonnais it would be enough to avoid losing in order to reach the 1/8-finals. Right now the French side is clearly in a better position, compared to Shakhtar.
Bruno Genesio’s team started its campaign in the Champions League with a bang, beating Manchester City at the Etihad. But after this, Lyonnais made four consecutive draws in the group, being unable to win again. In same time, right now the French side is the only unbeaten team in the group.
These are our thoughts about the Champions League clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Olympique Lyonnais from Group F of the competition. The French team needs a draw to progress, while Shakhtar will play to win.