Shakhtar vs. Inhulets to Play in Cup Final
The game is hosted by the Slavutych Arena, in the city of Zaporizhia, starting at 21:00 pm local time
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Football clubs from the Inhulets (the village of Petrove, Kirovohrad Region) and Shakhtar (Donetsk) play the final of the Ukrainian football Cup today, May 15.
The game is hosted by the Slavutych Arena, in the city of Zaporizhia, starting at 21:00 pm local time.
This is the first time when the First League team advances the final of the Cup. So, Shakhtar may be considered as an overwhelming favorite. If they win, “miners” will seize the Ukrainian Cup for the fourth time in a row, establishing a historical record.
“We feel positive because it is a new challenge for our team. Ahead is a serious game with the titled opponent, the current champion of Ukraine and the winner of the Cup. We enjoy the moment because the guys have already accomplished a feat, having reached the final stage, ” Head Coach of Inhulets, Serhiy Lavrynenko said.
Head coach of the “miners” Paul Fonseca in his turn said that his team will not underestimate the opponent.
“Everyone calls Shakhtar favorite. We are the leaders of the Premier League and will meet with the club from the First League. But one must understand: this is the final and we must respect the opponent who has reached this match and thus has sufficient capabilities and strength. I’m sure our players are aware of the importance of the match. The status of the favorite must be confirmed on the field. If we are real ones then we must fully show ourselves and respect the enemy,” Fonseca added.