Champions League LIVE: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Inter

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Inter look to Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries for their Champions League trip to Roberto De Zerbi’s Shakhtar Donetsk.

It kicks off in Kiev at 17.45 UK time (16.45 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from that game and Milan-Atletico Madrid on the LIVEBLOG.

Champions League Liveblog: Shakhtar-Inter, Milan-Atletico Madrid

Both these sides started the group with defeats, the Nerazzurri seeing numerous chances wasted before capitulating to Real Madrid in the final minute, while Shakhtar were shocked 2-0 by Sheriff.

Joaquin Correa and Arturo Vidal are back in the squad, but not 100 per cent fit, while Stefano Sensi is still out of action.

That means Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez again start upfront, but the changes from Saturday’s 2-2 thriller with Atalanta are on the wings.

Denzel Dumfries and Federico Dimarco step in for Matteo Darmian and Ivan Perisic, while Matias Vecino is preferred to Hakan Calhanoglu.

There had been some suggestions Matias Vecino would come into midfield, but Hakan Calhanoglu retains his place.

Shakhtar Donetsk are still getting to grips with new coach De Zerbi’s tactics, but they are far more focused on possession than in the past.

Junior Moraes, Fernando and Dentinho are unavailable, but Alan Patrick returns in support of Lassina Traoré, who has already scored nine goals in all competition this season.

Inter fans will be glad to see goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin isn’t fully fit yet, because he made numerous saves in last season’s pair of 0-0 draws.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Dodo, Marlon, Matviyenko, Ismaily; Maycon, Stepanenko; Solomon, Alan Patrick, Pedrinho; Traore

Shakhtar Donetsk bench: Trubin, Vitao, Kryvstov, Marcos Antonio, Marlos, Tete, Bondarenko, Mudryk, Konoplia, Korniienko, Sikan, Bondar,

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Vecino, Dimarco; Dzeko, Lautaro Martinez

Inter bench: Cordaz, Radu, Gagliardini, Alexis Sanchez, Kolarov, Ranocchia, Perisic, Correa, Calhanoglu, Vidal, D’Ambrosio, Darmian

Ref: Kovacs (ROU)

One Comment on “Champions League LIVE: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Inter”

  1. Don’t worry fellow Interisti …..after Inter‘s performance against shaktar I can make you one promise:

    I promise you that no matter what happens over the next 4 Champions League games that Inter’s goals scored per game average will not get lower than your goals scored per game average after the first 2 games !

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