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March 23, 2023

FC Timisoara drew against Shakhtar Donetsk, score 2-2

FC Timisoara’s game against Shakhtar Donetsk, a game that took place on Wednesday in Ukraine and that counted for the first leg of the third preliminary round of the Champions League, finished in a draw, score 2-2 (0-1). Shakhtar Donetsk is coached by Romania’s Mircea Lucescu.

The team coached by Ioan Ovidiu Sabau took the lead in the 20th minute thanks to Gigel Bucur’s goal. Parks shook off his marking and advanced on the right flank from where he passed the ball to Gigel Bucur, the latter defeating goalkeeper Piatov.

Shakthar equalized in the 61st minute after Darijo Srna’s high ball was headed in by Gladkiy.

FC Timisoara took the lead again in the 81st minute. On a counter-attack the same Gigel Bucur dribbled Kucher twice to enter a one-on-one situation with the Ukrainian team’s goalkeeper whom he defeated with a shot to the short corner.

The return leg is scheduled on August 5 in Timisoara.

Sabau: It will be difficult to keep the players down on earth

Ioan Ovidiu Sabau, the head coach of FC Timisoara, stated on Wednesday that his most difficult task now is to keep his players down on earth after the 2-2 draw in the game against Shakhtar Donetsk, a game counting for the third preliminary round of the Champions League. ‘For us this is a result that gives us confidence, courage; for others it’s a surprise result,’ Sabau said.

Mircea Lucescu: Shakhtar should have score 7-8 goals

Mircea Lucescu, the head coach of Shakhtar, stated that his team should have scored 7-8 goals in the game against FC Timisoara. ‘We should have scored 7-8 goals against them! Timisoara showed a well organized defence but not a value superior to ours. That’s that, we didn’t win on my birthday. I don’t think they will be able to defend for 90 minutes in the return leg,’ Mircea Lucescu stated. After the game on Wednesday evening Mircea Lucescu attended his birthday party. Lucescu turned 64.

Mircea Lucescu was released from hospital on Tuesday evening and watched the game from his residence in Donetsk in the presence of doctors.

Champions League third qualifying round first leg results

Played on Wednesday:

Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)-0 Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece)-2

APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus)-2 Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)-0

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)-2 FC Timisoara (Romania)-2

Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova)-0 Slavia Prague (Czech Republic)-0

FC Levadia Tallinn (Estonia)-0 Debrecen (Hungary)-1

FK Ventspils (Latvia)-1 BATE Borisov (Belarus)-0

FC Copenhagen (Denmark)-3 Stabaek (Norway)-1

FC Zurich (Switzerland)-2 Maribor (Slovenia)-3

Salzburg (Austria)-1 Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)-1

Celtic (Scotland)-0 Dynamo Moscow (Russia)-1

Sporting (Portugal)-0 Twente Enschede (Netherlands)-0

Played on Tuesday:

Anderlecht (Belgium)-5 Sivasspor (Turkey)-0

Sparta Prague (Czech Rep)-3 Panathinaikos (Greece)-1

Aktobe Lento (Kazakhstan)-0 Maccabi Haifa (Israel)-0

FK Baki (Azerbaijan)-0 Levski Sofia (Bulgaria)-0

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