UPL – Round 23 Review

Illichivets 1:0 Volyn

Oleksyi Dovhyi scored the only goal of the game as Illichivets won a close game in Marioupol.

Metalurg D 3:0 Sevastopol

Metalurg Donetsk secured a comfortable victory in their home tie against Sevastopol.  Metalurg scored two goals in the first twenty minutes through Moraes and Alexandre to put them in control before Alexandre secured the win.  Junior Moraes missed a second half penalty but it didn’t change the result as Metalurg saw it out comfortably.

Vorskla 1:0 Shakhtar

Vorskla served up a huge upset to enhance their European challenge and put a serious dent in Shakhtar’s quest for a fifth straight title.  Adis Yahovic scored the only goal of game late on in the game to condemn the Miners to their fifth defeat of the season.

Karpaty 2:2 Dynamo

Dynamo failed to capitalise on Shakhtar’s slip up as they could only draw at Karpaty.  Before the game the Ultras of both sides met in a friendly at Arena Lviv which ended 8:8.  There weren’t as many goals at Stadion Ukraina, but the result was the same.  Valeriy Fedorchuk and Olexandr Gladkyi’s goals cancelled out strikes for Dynamo by Miguel Veloso and Diemerci Mbokani.  Dynamo now face Shakhtar in the Ukrainian Derby midweek with time running out for them to put together their title challenge or at least secure a return to the European elite and the Champions League.

Zorya 1:0 Chornomets

Yanik Boli scored scored his 12th goal of the season to hand Zorya another win which allows them to close the gap on faltering Chornomorets and maintain their hunt for a Europa League place.

Dnipro 1:0 Metalurg Zp

Yevhen Seleznyov’s solitiary strike was enough to secure Dnipro’s fifth consecutive win and move them level with Shakhtar at the top of the UPL, with a game in hand over the champions.  The result leaves Metalurg Zp just one point ahead of the relegation zone.

Metalist 1:0 Tavriya

Metalist secured their first win since October and 6 attempts as they overcame Tavriya at the Metalist Stadium.  Marlos scored the only goal of the game to give Ihor Rakhayev his first win as Head Coach.



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