Shakhtar Donetsk FC has defeated the Portuguese Benfica with a score 2:1 at home in the first match of the 1/16 finals of the UEFA Europa League.
In the first half of the match in Kharkiv, the teams did not score goals. At the 56th minute, the score in this meeting was opened by the Shakhtar’s Brazilian midfielder Alan Patrick. Ten minutes later, the guests gave away a penalty, which was implemented by Pizzi. And at the 72nd minute, Viktor Kovalenko scored the second goal, which eventually brought Shakhtar a victory.
The second match will be played in Lisbon on February 27.