INTER STUNNED BY UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION
Shakhtar Donetsk 4 - 1 Inter
Shaktar Donetsk XI: Kanibolotskyi; Volovyk, Rakitskyi, Kryvtsov, Srna; Taison, Fred, Alex Teixeira, Ivanisenya, Douglas Costa; Luiz Adriano
Inter XI: Carrizo; Jesus, Tolói, Ranocchia; Dodô, Hernanes, Medel, Kovacic, D’Ambrosio; Icardi, Bonazzoli
Douglas Costa 1’
Dmytro Ivanisenya 4’
Luiz Adriano 30’
Juan Jesus 31’
Alex Teixeira 64’
George Puscas 77’
The long flight to Ukraine certainly seemed to take its toll on the Inter players. Shakhtar’s midfielder Fred delivered a cross to Douglas Costa who after only 12 seconds of play made it 1-0 to the Ukrainians. A disastrous start got even worse as Dmytro Ivanisenya fired a fantastic shot from 25 yards straight into the top corner and made it 2-0 barely 3 minutes later.
Following a bad start Inter stabilised their play and had several good chances but failed to make them pay. Instead Luiz Adriano leapt into the air and got his head on a beautifully placed corner kick from Darijo Srna and made it an astounding 3-0 to Shakhtar after only 30 minutes of play.
A furious Figo was seen kicking a thrash can and angrily yelling in Portuguese at halftime and it was to no one’s surprise that several players were substituted. But it didn’t really make any difference as a fired up Shakhtar pressed on and Alex Teixeira was able to make it 4-0 after a cross from captain Darijo Srna.
To little consolation for the Inter fans 18-year-old striker George Puscas got to score his first goal for the senior team.