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Wed 19 September 2018 17:55
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Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
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Shakhtar Donetsk

Last updated: Wed 19 September 2018 08:49
In Brief

Vast European experience and known for their solid displays on home turf. Near perfect start to the domestic campaign – 7 wins in 8 rounds. Continue to play away from Donetsk, this match will be in Kharkiv. Dentinho, Wellington Nem, Maksim Malyshev and Vyacheslav Tankovskyi sidelined. Olarenwaju Kayode fitness doubt. Ivan Ordets suspended.

Looking Back

Shakhtar are constant participants in the Champions League and despite being forced to play their home matches in the last 4 seasons away from Donetsk due to the ongoing war conflict with Russia, this campaign the home matches will be in Kharkiv, the Pitmen have an impressive home record in the competition. They won 7 of their last 8 home Champions League matches, including last season wins over Napoli, Man City and Roma.

Already built five-point lead on the domestic stage after winning 7 of their opening 8 matches.

Looking Ahead

Coach Fonseca used the money from the selling of Fred to Man United to refresh his attack and all of Moraes, Kayode, Fernando and Marquinhos are newcomers for this season. Kayode is yet to play though as up until recently he nursed an injury and due to this he might not be involved on Tuesday.

Ordets will be serving an old ban in the first round, while Dentinho, Nem, Malyshev and Tankovskyi are out injured.

Points of Interest

Between them the Brazilian quartet that usually starts up front have scored 14 of Shakhtar’s 19 goals so far.

Hoffenheim

Last updated: Wed 19 September 2018 08:12
In Brief

Conceded late to lose their league match at the weekend. Benjamin Hübner, Nadiem Amiri and now Ermin Bicakcic among those to miss out. Kevin Akpoguma, Kevin Vogt and Florian Grillitsch have been passed fit.

Looking Back

Hoffenheim were not at their best as they lost to newly promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf in the league after conceding a late goal.

The match against Fortuna Düsseldorf at the weekend was the first time this season that Adam Szalai has failed to find the net. The Hungarian striker had found the net 3 times in their last 2 matches before the weekend.

Hoffenheim have one of the worst disciplinary records in the Bundesliga having picked up 7 yellows in their opening 3 league matches.

Looking Ahead

Hoffenheim's early season injury worries continue to escalate. The club are without a large number of first team players including many who would be candidates to start. Benjamin Hübner and Nadiem Amiri are among those who have not made the journey to the Ukraine.

Ermin Bicakcic will not play after he failed to pass a fitness test before this match. He is likely to be available again at the weekend though.

Kevin Vogt and Florian Grillitsch who have both been important members of the squad so far this season but will be available, despite picking up minor knocks at the weekend. The pair will not be fully fit, but Nagelsmann will probably start them nevertheless.

Nevertheless with big games coming up, Nagelsmann could be forced into some emergency solutions to the lack of defensive players. Kevin Akpoguma could well play with a face mask after suffering a broken nose earlier in the season.

Points of Interest

Hoffenheim are playing in their first ever Champions League group stage match in this game.

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Transfer in
  • Leonardo Bittencourt (mid) (Köln), Vincenzo Grifo (mid) (Borussia Mönchenglabdbach), Ishak Belfodil (att) (Standard Liege), Joshua Brenet (def) (PSV), Kasim Nuhu (def) (Young Boys),
Transfer out
  • Mark Uth (r)(att) (Schalke), Benedickt Gimber (sp)(def) (FC Ingolstadt), Marvin Schwäbe (r)(gk) (Brondby IF), Baris Atik (sp)(mid) (Dynamo Dresden), Joshua Mees (r)(att) (Union Berlin), Bruno Nazario (mid) (Atletico Pararenese – Loan), Eugen Polanski (sp)(mid) (Released), Serge Gnabry (r)(mid) (Bayern München – End of Loan), Felix Passlack (sp)(def) (Borussia Dortmund – End of Loan), Philipp Ochs (mid) (Aalborg BK – Loan),

Hoffenheim

Last updated: Wed 19 September 2018 08:12
In Brief

Conceded late to lose their league match at the weekend. Benjamin Hübner, Nadiem Amiri and now Ermin Bicakcic among those to miss out. Kevin Akpoguma, Kevin Vogt and Florian Grillitsch have been passed fit.

Looking Back

Hoffenheim were not at their best as they lost to newly promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf in the league after conceding a late goal.

The match against Fortuna Düsseldorf at the weekend was the first time this season that Adam Szalai has failed to find the net. The Hungarian striker had found the net 3 times in their last 2 matches before the weekend.

Hoffenheim have one of the worst disciplinary records in the Bundesliga having picked up 7 yellows in their opening 3 league matches.

Looking Ahead

Hoffenheim's early season injury worries continue to escalate. The club are without a large number of first team players including many who would be candidates to start. Benjamin Hübner and Nadiem Amiri are among those who have not made the journey to the Ukraine.

Ermin Bicakcic will not play after he failed to pass a fitness test before this match. He is likely to be available again at the weekend though.

Kevin Vogt and Florian Grillitsch who have both been important members of the squad so far this season but will be available, despite picking up minor knocks at the weekend. The pair will not be fully fit, but Nagelsmann will probably start them nevertheless.

Nevertheless with big games coming up, Nagelsmann could be forced into some emergency solutions to the lack of defensive players. Kevin Akpoguma could well play with a face mask after suffering a broken nose earlier in the season.

Points of Interest

Hoffenheim are playing in their first ever Champions League group stage match in this game.

Doubtful (chance of availability)
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Transfer in
  • Leonardo Bittencourt (mid) (Köln), Vincenzo Grifo (mid) (Borussia Mönchenglabdbach), Ishak Belfodil (att) (Standard Liege), Joshua Brenet (def) (PSV), Kasim Nuhu (def) (Young Boys),
Transfer out
  • Mark Uth (r)(att) (Schalke), Benedickt Gimber (sp)(def) (FC Ingolstadt), Marvin Schwäbe (r)(gk) (Brondby IF), Baris Atik (sp)(mid) (Dynamo Dresden), Joshua Mees (r)(att) (Union Berlin), Bruno Nazario (mid) (Atletico Pararenese – Loan), Eugen Polanski (sp)(mid) (Released), Serge Gnabry (r)(mid) (Bayern München – End of Loan), Felix Passlack (sp)(def) (Borussia Dortmund – End of Loan), Philipp Ochs (mid) (Aalborg BK – Loan),

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BATE Borisov - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 3
SL Benfica - PAOK 1 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Dinamo Zagreb 1 - 1
Ajax - Dynamo Kyiv 3 - 1
MOL Vidi - AEK Athens 1 - 2
Round Play-Off (2)
Dynamo Kyiv - Ajax 0 - 0
Dinamo Zagreb - Young Boys Bern 1 - 2
AEK Athens - MOL Vidi 1 - 1
PAOK - SL Benfica 1 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - BATE Borisov 3 - 0
Red Bull Salzburg - Red Star Belgrade 2 - 2
Round Grp B (1)
Internazionale - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1
FC Barcelona - PSV Eindhoven 4 - 0
Round Grp A (1)
Monaco - Atletico Madrid 1 - 2
Club Brugge - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1
Round Grp C (1)
Liverpool - Paris St Germain 3 - 2
Red Star Belgrade - Napoli 0 - 0
Round Grp D (1)
Schalke - FC Porto 1 - 1
Galatasaray - Lokomotiv Moscow 3 - 0
Round Grp F (1)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Manchester City - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 2
Round Grp E (1)
Ajax - AEK Athens 3 - 0
SL Benfica - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Round Grp G (1)
Real Madrid - Roma 3 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moscow 2 - 2
Round Grp H (1)
Valencia - Juventus 0 - 2
Young Boys Bern - Manchester United 0 - 3
Round Grp F (2)
Hoffenheim - Manchester City 1 - 2
Olympique Lyonnais - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2
Round Grp H (2)
Juventus - Young Boys Bern 3 - 0
Manchester United - Valencia 0 - 0
Round Grp E (2)
Bayern Munchen - Ajax 1 - 1
AEK Athens - SL Benfica 2 - 3
Round Grp G (2)
Roma - FC Viktoria Plzen 5 - 0
CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid 1 - 0
Round Grp C (2)
Paris St Germain - Red Star Belgrade 6 - 1
Napoli - Liverpool 1 - 0
Round Grp D (2)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Schalke 0 - 1
FC Porto - Galatasaray 1 - 0
Round Grp A (2)
Borussia Dortmund - Monaco 3 - 0
Atletico Madrid - Club Brugge 3 - 1
Round Grp B (2)
Tottenham Hotspur - FC Barcelona 2 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - Internazionale 1 - 2
Round Grp H (3)
Young Boys Bern - Valencia 1 - 1
Manchester United - Juventus 0 - 1
Round Grp E (3)
AEK Athens - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Ajax - SL Benfica 1 - 0
Round Grp F (3)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City 0 - 3
Hoffenheim - Olympique Lyonnais 3 - 3
Round Grp G (3)
Roma - CSKA Moscow 3 - 0
Real Madrid - FC Viktoria Plzen 2 - 1
Round Grp B (3)
PSV Eindhoven - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2
FC Barcelona - Internazionale 2 - 0
Round Grp A (3)
Club Brugge - Monaco 1 - 1
Borussia Dortmund - Atletico Madrid 4 - 0
Round Grp C (3)
Liverpool - Red Star Belgrade 4 - 0
Paris St Germain - Napoli 2 - 2
Round Grp D (3)
Lokomotiv Moscow - FC Porto 1 - 3
Galatasaray - Schalke 0 - 0
Round Grp C (4)
Red Star Belgrade - Liverpool 2 - 0
Napoli - Paris St Germain 1 - 1
Round Grp A (4)
Monaco - Club Brugge 0 - 4
Atletico Madrid - Borussia Dortmund 2 - 0
Round Grp B (4)
Internazionale - FC Barcelona 1 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 1
Round Grp D (4)
FC Porto - Lokomotiv Moscow 4 - 1
Schalke - Galatasaray 2 - 0
Round Grp H (4)
Valencia - Young Boys Bern 3 - 1
Juventus - Manchester United 1 - 2
Round Grp G (4)
CSKA Moscow - Roma 1 - 2
FC Viktoria Plzen - Real Madrid 0 - 5
Round Grp E (4)
Bayern Munchen - AEK Athens 2 - 0
SL Benfica - Ajax 1 - 1
Round Grp F (4)
Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk 6 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Round Grp E (5)
AEK Athens - Ajax 0 - 2
Bayern Munchen - SL Benfica 5 - 1
Round Grp G (5)
CSKA Moscow - FC Viktoria Plzen 1 - 2
Roma - Real Madrid 0 - 2
Round Grp F (5)
Olympique Lyonnais - Manchester City 2 - 2
Hoffenheim - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 3
Round Grp H (5)
Juventus - Valencia 1 - 0
Manchester United - Young Boys Bern 1 - 0
Round Grp A (5)
Atletico Madrid - Monaco 2 - 0
Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge 0 - 0
Round Grp D (5)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Galatasaray 2 - 0
FC Porto - Schalke 3 - 1
Round Grp C (5)
Paris St Germain - Liverpool 2 - 1
Napoli - Red Star Belgrade 3 - 1
Round Grp B (5)
Tottenham Hotspur - Internazionale 1 - 0
PSV Eindhoven - FC Barcelona 1 - 2
Round Grp D (6)
Galatasaray - FC Porto 2 - 3
Schalke - Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 0
Round Grp A (6)
Monaco - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 2
Club Brugge - Atletico Madrid 0 - 0
Round Grp B (6)
FC Barcelona - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
Internazionale - PSV Eindhoven 1 - 1
Round Grp C (6)
Red Star Belgrade - Paris St Germain 1 - 4
Liverpool - Napoli 1 - 0
Round Grp G (6)
Real Madrid - CSKA Moscow 0 - 3
FC Viktoria Plzen - Roma 2 - 1
Round Grp F (6)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 1
Manchester City - Hoffenheim 2 - 1
Round Grp H (6)
Valencia - Manchester United 2 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Juventus 2 - 1
Round Grp E (6)
Ajax - Bayern Munchen 3 - 3
SL Benfica - AEK Athens 1 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (1)
Manchester United - Paris St Germain 0 - 2
Roma - FC Porto 2 - 1
Ajax - Real Madrid 1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur - Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - FC Barcelona 0 - 0
Liverpool - Bayern Munchen 0 - 0
Schalke - Manchester City 2 - 3
Atletico Madrid - Juventus 2 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (2)
Real Madrid - Ajax 1 - 4
Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1
Paris St Germain - Manchester United 1 - 3
FC Porto - Roma 3 - 1
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Manchester City - Schalke 7 - 0
Juventus - Atletico Madrid 3 - 0
FC Barcelona - Olympique Lyonnais 5 - 1
Bayern Munchen - Liverpool 1 - 3
Round 1/4 Final (1)
Liverpool - FC Porto 2 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester City 1 - 0
Manchester United - FC Barcelona 0 - 1
Ajax - Juventus 1 - 1
Round 1/4 Final (2)
FC Barcelona - Manchester United 3 - 0
Juventus - Ajax 1 - 2
Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 3
FC Porto - Liverpool 1 - 4
Round 1/2 Final (1)
Tottenham Hotspur - Ajax 0 - 1
FC Barcelona - Liverpool 3 - 0
Round 1/2 Final (2)
Liverpool - FC Barcelona 4 - 0
Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 3
Round Final
Tottenham Hotspur - Liverpool 0 - 2