Is this team for real?
Shakhtar Donetsk have already won the Ukrainian Super Cup this season, kicked hated rivals Dynamo Kiev out of the Ukrainian Cup and have won their first 12 matches of the domestic season; scoring an astounding 38 goals while only conceding six. Some may say this is anything but impressive in a water-downed Ukrainian Premier League, but Shakhtar raised the bar Tuesday night in Donetsk, defeating reigning European champions Chelsea FC 2-1 in the Champions League group stage. Darijo Srna played the full 90 minutes in this match while Eduardo watched from the bench. Shakhtar scored once in each half and allowed a consolation Oscar goal in the 88th minute to cap off the 2-1 win. With the victory, Shakhtar move to top spot in Group E with seven points, with Chelsea trailing them with four points of their own. The two sides will meet again in two weeks time at Stamford Bridge in London.
How long will this streak last? And how good does captain Darijo Srna feel now that he stayed in Ukraine?
The only blemish on Shakhtar’s season thus far is their 1-1 Champions League draw vs. Juventus in Torino earlier in the campaign. With their 1-1 draw against Nordsjaelland on Tuesday, Juventus have now drew their last nine European matches.
In other Champions League news, Mario Mandžukić played the full 90 minutes in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win over Lille. He did not have one shot on goal but picked up five fouls and a yellow card in the process. He is currently the Bundesliga’s leading scorer. 22 year-old Nordsjaelland defender Ivan Runje played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw vs. Juventus. He picked up a yellow card during the match.