After a positive opening to the season with two wins and two good performances, questions were being asked as to how far Dnipro could go this season, but this weekend they suffered a setback with a shock 3:1 reversal at home to Zorya Luhansk. The game started badly for Dnipro as Yevhen Cherebyachko deflected into his own goal giving Zorya a 3rd minute lead. The half time scores were level as Mateus drove home but goals from Kamenyuka and Danilo gave Zorya the points. It continues an impressive umbeaten start to the season for Zorya who have collected 7 points from the opening rounds. Juande Ramos will be hoping this was just a bad day at the office and that the winning formula returns next weekend.
Metalurg Zaporizhya provided something of a shock result this week as they comprehensively defeated Volyn 3:0. Metalurg raced into the lead through Olexiy Godin before Yuriy Shturko and Serhiy Rudika made it 3:0 before the break. Metalurg only won one game in the whole of the previous campaign and the new look side will be hoping to build on this win and put up a real fight to perform much better than last season. The result brings to an end a good start to the season for Volyn. They have also taken an unprecedented step of hosting open trials to recruit new players. So if you are in the Lutsk region this week and fancy yourself as a player get on down.
Our game of the week came from Simferopol as Tavriya hosted Hoverlya. Both sides had lost their opening ties but Hoverlya (who had faced Shakhtar and Dynamo so far), banished any negativity with an impressive 3:1 victory. As with Metalurg Zp they should have faced relegation last season but they will be hoping to move up the ladder and this victory will do much to boost confidence. The goals for Hoverlya came from Trykhin (2) and Balafas while Tavriya’s came from Maksym Feschuk. It is another defeat for Tavriya as Yanis Khristopolus still looks for a first victory and even a first point. Tavriya are also facing the prospect of a 3 point deduction and even at this early stage of the season their prospects look bleak.
Champions Shakhtar beat Chornomorets again only weeks after defeating them in the Super Cup. It was a closer game than that game but the outcome was the same as Douglas Kosta gave Shakhtar the win. Chornomorets who qualified through to the Europa League Qualifying 3rd Round this week (despite losing the second leg to Dacia) will be hoping to re-group before their 1st leg against Crvena Zvezda (in Odesa) this week.
The only other team to keep pace with Shakhtar now is Metalist who secured a 2:0 victory over Illichivets courtesy of a Marko Devic double. Metalist will now switch attentions to the Champions League and their first leg tie against PAOK.
The other UPL side in European action this week is Metalurg Donetsk who face Kukesi on Thursday in the Europa League. They built up to that game with a 2:1 victory away to Vorskla Poltava. It was the first victory of the season for Yuriy Maxymovs men and they join Vorskla on four points from three games.
Karpaty Lviv suffered another disappointing home defeat as Arsenal Kyiv claimed their first victory of the season at Stadion Ukraina. The ever green Maxim Shatskikh gave Arsenal the lead from the penalty spot before teeing up Dominik Adiye. Karpaty were guilty of wasting several chances as Arsenal ‘keeper Yevhen Borovyk produced a man of the match performance.
Finally, Diermerci Mbokani continued his goal scoring run as he made it four goals in three games as Dynamo defeated Sevastopol 2:0. Lukman Haruna produced the goal of the week to give Dynamo the lead in a comfortable victory in Kyiv. It nicely leads Dynamo into next week’s Ukrainian Classico in Donetsk.