The Moldovan debutant of UEFA Champions League, FC Sheriff (Tiraspol) is going to host Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of football fixture on September 15. The match will be played at Sheriff stadium in Tiraspol, the capital city of non-recognized Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic.
After a tough path in the Champions League qualification, Shakhtar made it to the group stage. One of the opponents in the group is Sheriff, and it's the first game for Shakhtar to play at this particular stage. It's high time for the Ukrainian team to start winning - before the Moldovan debutants realize where they are now.
Earlier, Dynamo Kyiv played a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League fixture against Benfica. The guests controlled the ball most of the time, enjoying advantage thanks to their more experienced players. But the Kyivites played in an organized manner, so the opponents did not have many chances to open the score. The first serious attack was theirs, actually; Mykola Shaparenko landed a great shot after the free strike, but the goalkeeper took the ball from underneath the crossbar. Roman Yaremchuk, the Ukrainian forward of Benfica was quite active, too; however, this kind of activity cost him a yellow card. Benfica tried hard to breach Dynamo's defense but could not do much about it. Eventually, Kyivites almost won, with Shaparenko pushing the ball past the goalkeeper. However, the referee doubted that moment and watched the replay at VAR system. It appeared that Denys Garmash was in the offside, so the goal was canceled.