Shakhtar Donetsk v Lyon facts
Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon face a decisive matchday six encounter when they meet in Kharkiv, with Group F’s second qualification berth the target for both sides.
• Unbeaten Lyon sit second in the standings on seven points, two more than their opponents. With Manchester City already through, the French club will join them if they avoid defeat, and will finish top on head-to-head record if they win and City lose at home to bottom side Hoffenheim.
• Shakhtar will be through if they win. They will transfer to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 if they draw or Hoffenheim do not gain victory.
• The Ukrainian club led 2-0 in France on matchday two thanks to a double from Júnior Moraes either side of half-time (44, 55) only for Moussa Dembélé (70) and Léo Dubois (72) to salvage a point for the home side.
• The Ukrainian club’s first two games both finished 2-2, Shakhtar preceding the draw at Lyon with a home stalemate against debutants Hoffenheim. Shakhtar then lost 3-0 to Manchester City in Kharkiv – equalling their worst home defeat in UEFA club competition – and 6-0 in Manchester before a crucial 3-2 success at Hoffenheim in their last fixture, Taison scoring the added-time winner.
• Shakhtar won all four of their home matches in last season’s competition, beating Napoli, Feyenoord and City in the group stage and Roma in the round of 16.
• The loss to City on matchday three was only Shakhtar’s second defeat in their last 16 home matches in Europe (W11 D3). They have not kept a clean sheet, however, in any of the last seven.
• Shakhtar qualified as winners of the Ukrainian league, claiming the title for the 11th time in 2017/18, when they completed a domestic double for the second season in succession.
• Quarter-finalists in 2010/11, Shakhtar reached the last 16 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, losing to Roma on away goals (2-1 home, 1-0 away).
• The Ukrainian side have got out of their group in three of their last five participations.
• Shakhtar’s last experience of French opposition before matchday two was home (0-3) and away (0-2) defeats against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The former result was their first loss at home to French visitors (W3 D2).
• After opening with an unexpected 2-1 win at Manchester City and drawing with Shakhtar, Lyon then drew 3-3 at Hoffenheim before another draw (2-2) at home, the German club scoring an added-time equaliser in both games. Matchday five meant four draws in a row as they shared the points at home to City (2-2).
• Those results make it just one defeat in the last nine European matches for Bruno Génésio’s side, who have scored two or more goals in each of their last six European fixtures.
• Lyon are in the group stage for the third time in four seasons – their 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns both ended at that hurdle.
• In 2017/18, Lyon made it as far as the UEFA Europa League round of 16, but were denied the chance to appear in the final at their own ground as they lost to CSKA Moskva at that stage.
• The French club are unbeaten in their five games against Ukrainian clubs, home and away (W3 D2), scoring seven goals. Shakhtar’s goals on matchday two were the first they had conceded in those fixtures.
• Lyon were UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in 2010 and are in the group stage for the 15th time – more than any other French club.
• Les Gones have lost only one of their last seven European away fixtures (W4 D2) and none of their last four in the UEFA Champions League (W2 D2).
Links and trivia
• Marcelo and Júnior Moraes were Santos team-mates between 2007 and 2008.
• Rafael was in the Manchester United team that took four points off Shakhtar in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage, playing in both the 1-1 away draw and 1-0 home win.
• Matchday four was Shakhtar’s biggest defeat in all competitions since a 7-0 loss at Bayern München on 11 March 2015.
• Shakhtar began this season with a 1-0 loss to Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Super Cup on 21 July.
• That and the 1-0 defeat against the same opponents in Kyiv on 3 August are the only domestic games Shakhtar have lost this season, although they needed an added-time Júnior Moraes goal to salvage a 2-2 draw against Olimpik Donetsk on 2 December.*
• That made it 16 goals in 23 games for Shakhtar in all competitions for summer signing Moraes.*
• Having drawn 0-0 against Lviv on 23 November, Shakhtar failed to win successive league games for the first time this season.*
• The Pitmen are undefeated in their last 15 domestic games, winning 12 of them.*
• Shakhtar have scored 50 goals in 24 matches in all competitions this season.*
• Davit Khocholava suffered a knee injury and had to be replaced in the 26th minute of the Donetsk derby.*
• Shakhtar have two more centre-backs injured. Ivan Ordets has not played this season because of a thigh complaint, while Yaroslav Rakitskyy has been out since 23 November due to a knee problem.*
• Fernando suffered an ankle injury in Shakhtar’s Ukrainian Cup 3-2 win against Olimpik Donetsk on 31 October; he subsequently underwent surgery which is likely to sideline him for the rest of the year.*
• Marlos has been out since 19 October with an unspecified injury. Last week he extended his contract with Shakhtar until the end of 2021 and returned to full training a few days later.*
• Lyon’s game at Toulouse, scheduled for 8 December, was postponed for security reasons.
• On 5 December Lyon lost 2-0 at home to Rennes, ending a nine-match unbeaten run (W4 D5) in all competitions and a first home defeat since 31 August.
• That was only Lyon’s second defeat in their last 17 matches in all competitions (W7 D8) – including a 5-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain on 7 October, their heaviest defeat since a 6-1 loss at Nantes on 15 February 2000.
• Les Gones came from two down for the second time this season at LOSC Lille on 1 December; they also managed it against Shakhtar on matchday two.
• Maxwel Cornet had to be replaced in the first half against LOSC and has not played since.
• Léo Dubois (thigh) has not featured since picking up an injury against Paris on 7 October.
• Houssem Aouar finished eighth in the inaugural Kopa Trophy, for the world’s best Under-21 players, won by Kylian Mbappé.
*Subject to weekend updates