UCL: Benzema Scores As Real Madrid Thrash Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after Shakhtar Donetsk's Ukrainian defender Serhiy Kryvtsov scored an own goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on October 19, 2021. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP
Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after Shakhtar Donetsk’s Ukrainian defender Serhiy Kryvtsov scored an own goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on October 19, 2021.


Real Madrid thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday as Karim Benzema scored on the eve of his trial in France on charges of complicity in blackmail.

A first-half own goal from Serhiy Kryvtsov put Real on their way before Vinicius Junior scored two superb goals before setting up Rodrygo for the fourth.

Benzema added the fifth in injury time in a game played in Kiev.

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The French international striker goes on trial in France on Wednesday with four other men accused of complicity in the attempted blackmail of his former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena in a case known as the “sextape affair”.

It is not known if Benzema will be present for the start of the trial.

It was a welcome win for Real, the 13-time European champions, after they slipped to an embarrassing home defeat to Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol in their last match.

Sheriff lost 3-1 to Inter Milan on Tuesday but Real are still second to them in Group D with both clubs on six points.



Real Madrid’s Champions League Hopes Hangs In Balance After Shakhtar Defeat

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Taison (C) heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at the Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev on December 1, 2020. Sergei SUPINSKY / A
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Taison (C) heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at the Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev on December 1, 2020. Sergei SUPINSKY / A


Real Madrid suffered a second defeat at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk in this season’s Champions League, going down 2-0 to the Ukrainians in Kiev on Tuesday to leave their hopes of reaching the last 16 in the balance.

Substitutes Dentinho and Manor Solomon both scored second-half goals as Shakhtar stunned the 13-time European champions again, having already won 3-2 in Madrid in October.

Shakhtar had lost their last two Group B matches against Borussia Moenchengladbach by an aggregate score of 10-0, but this victory allowed them to move above Real into second place in the group with one game remaining.

Gladbach top the section, while Shakhtar now have the upper hand on Real thanks to their superior head-to-head record, while this result also means Inter Milan retain an outside chance of qualifying before their game later.

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Madrid have made it out of their group in every year since 1997. If Gladbach beat Inter later, Real will no longer have their destiny in their own hands going into the final round next week.

Zinedine Zidane’s team were returning to the scene of their victory over Liverpool in the 2018 final, but they looked a shadow of their former selves in the snow in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, and the result further underlined how much they miss defensive talisman Sergio Ramos when he is not there.

This was Real’s seventh defeat in the last nine Champions League matches they have played without Ramos, who is currently injured.

Perhaps this game would have turned out differently had Marco Asensio scored in the fifth minute rather than turn Karim Benzema’s cross onto the post, but they went on to slump to a third defeat in their last five matches in all competitions.

Dentinho had replaced the injured Junior Moraes in the first half and the Brazilian got the opening goal just before the hour mark.

Ferland Mendy intercepted a Viktor Kovalenko ball into the box but only succeeded in laying it on a plate for Dentinho to tuck past Thibaut Courtois and in.

The Ukrainian champions then made sure of their victory on the counter-attack with eight minutes remaining as Israeli international Solomon picked up the ball on halfway and advanced unchallenged before picking his spot.

Lukaku, Inter Left Frustrated In Shakhtar Draw

Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku (4 L) in action during the UEFA Champions League football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kiev on October 27, 2020. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP


Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan endured a frustrating night in Kiev on Tuesday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Six days after stunning Real Madrid in Spain despite missing 10 first-team players due to coronavirus, Shakhtar were fortunate to take a point against the Italians but the result leaves them in a strong position in Group B.

Inter came closest to scoring, twice hitting the woodwork in the first half at the Olympic Stadium.

Nicolo Barella hit the crossbar early on and Lukaku then had a free-kick turned onto the frame of the goal by Shakhtar ‘keeper Anatoliy Trubin as the interval approached.

Lautaro Martinez then contrived to miss the target from an excellent position after the break, as Inter drew again, following a 2-2 stalemate with Borussia Moenchengladbach last week.

Shakhtar top the group with four points, but Madrid can now go up to second with a win away to Gladbach in Germany later on Tuesday.

Lukaku On Song As Inter Spank Shakhtar To Reach Europa League Final

Inter Milan’s Argentinian forward Lautaro Martinez (hidden) score the 3-0 past Shakhtar Donetsk’s Ukrainian goalkeeper Andrey Pyatov during the UEFA Europa League semi-final football match Inter Milan v Shakhtar Donetsk on August 17, 2020 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Lars Baron / POOL / AFP



Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez both scored twice as Inter Milan stormed into a first European final in 10 years with a 5-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk in Dusseldorf.

Danilo D’Ambrosio was also on target for Antonio Conte’s men, who will face Sevilla in Friday’s final in Cologne.

The Italian giants have endured a lean decade since winning the Champions League in 2010, but closed the gap on Juventus at the top of Serie A to just one point in Conte’s first season in charge and are now one win away from a first trophy in nine years.

Martinez and Lukaku’s prolific partnership has been the source of much of Inter’s success and they took their tally to a combined 54 for the season.


Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the 5-0 goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final football match Inter Milan v Shakhtar Donetsk on August 17, 2020, in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Lars Baron / POOL / AFP


After a slow start, Martinez rose highest to power home Nicolo Barella’s cross to open the scoring on 19 minutes.

Shakhtar are one of European football’s great survivors as the Ukrainian champions continue to thrive despite not playing a match in their home city of Donetsk for six years due to a war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists.


Inter Milan’s Italian head coach Antonio Conte shakes hands with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Portuguese coach Luis Castro after the UEFA Europa League semi-final football match Inter Milan v Shakhtar Donetsk on August 17, 2020 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Sascha Steinbach / POOL / AFP


Luis Castro’s men had scored 14 goals in five Europa League games since dropping into the competition form the Champions League, but their talented array of Brazilian forwards barely laid a glove on a characteristically well-organised Conte defence.

At the other end, Martinez was always lively and only a brilliant save from 36-year-old Andriy Pyatov denied him a classy second as he won the ball 30 yards from goal and immediately lobbed the ball goalwards early in the second half.

Shakhtar had one golden chance to level when Mykola Matviyenko’s cross picked out Junior Moraes, but the Brazilian-born Ukrainian international’s header was too close to Samir Handanovic.

Two minutes later, Inter landed the killer blow when D’Ambrosio met Marcelo Brozovic’s corner with a powerful header.

Lukaku extended his run of scoring in now 10 straight Europa League games, but the Belgian was made to wait as Pyatov got down well to save his first big sight of goal.

Martinez showed the way with by finding the bottom corner with a brilliant quick hit that gave Pyatov no time to set himself after Shakhtar were caught in possession inside their own half for his 21st goal of the season.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Portuguese coach Luis Castro follows from the sidelines during the UEFA Europa League semi-final football match Inter Milan v Shakhtar Donetsk on August 17, 2020, in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Sascha Steinbach / POOL / AFP


Lukaku then got in on the act 12 minutes from time as this time Martinez played provider before his strike partner slotted low into the far corner.

Five minutes later the former Manchester United striker had his 33rd goal of the campaign by accelerating away from a slow Shakhtar backline before firing through Pyatov’s legs.


Champions League: Dinamo Zagreb Hold Shakhtar To Draw In Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Ukrainian goalkeeper Andrey Pyatov jumps for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and GNK Dinamo Zagreb at the OSK Metalist stadium in Kharkiv on October 22, 2019. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP


Brazilian Dodo came off the bench to grab the equaliser and earn Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-2 draw with Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League clash in Ukraine on Tuesday.

Dodo rounded Dinamo goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to slot home in the 75th minute after latching onto a pass from Alan Patrick, another member of Shakhtar’s sizeable contingent of Brazilian players.

The result leaves both clubs level on four points after three games in Group C, meaning Manchester City will be five points clear at the top of the section if Pep Guardiola’s side can inflict a third defeat in as many games on Atalanta.

The Croatian visitors had earlier come from behind to lead in Kharkiv, to where Shakhtar are exiled because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Marlos set up Yevhen Konoplyanka to put Shakhtar ahead in the 16th minute, only for Spanish sensation Dani Olmo to turn in a Mislav Orsic cross and bring Dinamo level before the half-hour mark.

They then took the lead with an hour gone when Orsic scored from the spot after Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov recklessly hauled Mario Gavranovic to the floor.

But Dinamo, who lost every game when they last reached the group stage in 2016-17, could not hold onto the lead and were left frustrated as Olmo hit the outside of a post at the end of a late counter-attack.


Man City Ignore Injury Woes To Thump Shakhtar

Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan scores a goal during the game at the OSK Metalist stadium in Kharkiv on September 18, 2019. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP


Manchester City ignored their defensive injury crisis to make a flying start to the Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

City boss Pep Guardiola was forced to deploy Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho at centre-back after losing Aymeric Laporte and John Stones to recent injuries.

But Fernandinho slotted in comfortably at the back as City easily subdued Shakhtar with first-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan at the Metalist Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus netted City’s third goal in the closing stages to ensure they made the long flight home with three points stowed away.

There was more good news for Guardiola as French defender Benjamin Mendy, on as a late substitute, made his first appearance since April after returning from a knee injury.

With Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta making up Champions League Group C, City are expected to cruise into the last 16.

This mature performance was the perfect opening to their bid to win the Champions League for the first time, especially coming after Saturday’s shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich in the Premier League.

City have failed to get past the quarter-finals in Guardiola’s previous three seasons in charge, while the Spaniard hasn’t won the tournament since the second of his two titles with Barcelona in 2011.

Those past failures gave extra significance to City’s opening match.

Nicolas Otamendi is the English champions’ only fit centre-back, so Fernandinho was pressed into action, with Guardiola giving the Brazilian the captain’s armband for his first start this season.

The 34-year-old had lost his place as City’s holding midfielder following the pre-season signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

Fernandinho adapted well enough against the limited threat posed by Shakhtar, who are meeting City for a third successive season in the group stage.

City became the first English team to win at Shakhtar with a 3-0 victory last season and this was an equally comfortable success.

Emphatic response

Rodri wasted a chance to put City in front inside the first minute when he met Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick with a misdirected header inside the six-yard box.

Given all City’s injuries, Guardiola was right to look alarmed when England right-back Kyle Walker started to limp following a challenge on Marlos.

Fortunately, Walker showed he wasn’t seriously hurt when his block stopped Ismaily in his tracks.

City were dominating possession without testing Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov and Jesus’s shot deflected for a corner after the Brazilian was teed up by Gundogan’s clever pass.

Their pressure was rewarded in the 24th minute when Jesus flicked the ball back to Gundogan on the edge of the area.

Gundogan’s curling strike cannoned back off a post into the path of Mahrez, who had the simple task of slotting into the net from close range for his first goal of the season.

It took 35 minutes for Shakhtar to muster their first shot on target when Junior Moraes had a close-range effort well saved at the near post by Ederson.

City’s response was emphatic and they doubled their lead in the 38th minute.

Mahrez was the provider this time with an incisive surge towards the Shakhtar area.

The Algerian deftly picked out Gundogan’s run and he finished with a clinical strike that flashed past Pyatov.

A rare lapse from Ederson led to a communication breakdown with Fernandinho, the City goalkeeper needlessly racing out of his area as Moraes beat him to the ball and lobbed just wide of the empty net.

But City were soon back in control and Gundogan was denied by Pyatov before, from the rebound, Raheem Sterling hit the outside of the near post after Sergiy Kryvtsov’s miscued clearance.

Jesus wrapped up the points in the 76th minute when he slotted home from De Bruyne’s pass for his second goal of the season.


Silvas Star As City Humble Shakhtar

Silvas Star As City Humble Shakhtar
Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metallist stadium in Kharkiv, on October 23, 2018. GENYA SAVILOV / AFP


Manchester City found their Champions League mojo as David Silva and Bernardo Silva both scored in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola’s men have now won back-to-back matches in Europe after a shock opening loss to Lyon, and lead the French side by one point at the top of Group F.

The English champions could potentially secure a last-16 spot if they beat Shakhtar in the return match at the Etihad in a fortnight’s time as they bid for a maiden Champions League triumph.

David Silva put City ahead on the half-hour mark before Aymeric Laporte doubled the advantage and Bernardo Silva scored just two minutes after coming off the bench.

Guardiola was able to give Kevin De Bruyne his first start of the season after the midfielder returned as a substitute against Burnley on Saturday following a two-month layoff with a knee injury.

City, the bookmakers’ favourites for the European crown this term, started far better than in the two previous games which had seen them beaten 2-1 at home by Lyon and need a late David Silva winner to edge out Hoffenheim.

Riyad Mahrez fired wide midway through the opening half before David Silva saw a header bounce away off the post.

But the Spanish winger made no mistake just seconds later, as he reacted quickest after Gabriel Jesus’ shot was blocked and fired a magnificent volley low into the bottom corner.

The visitors did not need to wait long to pull further clear, and De Bruyne was the creator.

The Belgian’s vicious 35th-minute corner was cleverly headed home by a totally unmarked Laporte, who did well to focus on the ball as John Stones leapt in front of him.

City continued to dominate after half-time, with David Silva seeing an effort cleared off the line and both Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi shooting off target.

But the third goal arrived with 19 minutes to play as Bernardo Silva waltzed through the middle of the Shakhtar defence and drilled the ball in off the inside of the post.

Visiting goalkeeper Ederson Moraes kept out a late effort from Junior Moraes to preserve his clean sheet, as City claimed successive Champions League victories for the first time since winning their first five group-stage games last season.


Manchester United Agree Deal To Sign Brazilian Midfielder Fred

Manchester United Agree Deal To Sign Brazilian Midfielder Fred
Brazil’s midfielder Fred smiles as he warms up ahead of the International friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on June 3, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP

Manchester United announced on Tuesday they have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian international midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk as Jose Mourinho seeks the magic formula to topple Premier League Champions Manchester City.

The 25-year-old will cost the English giants a reported fee of more than £50 million ($67 million) and give Mourinho a powerful-looking midfield, with the Brazilian set to slot in alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

United announced the deal in a brief statement on their official website, which read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred).

“A further announcement will be made in due course.”

Fred becomes the first major summer signing by United boss Mourinho, who is also reportedly closing in on a deal for Porto defender Diogo Dalot.

United finished second in the Premier League behind City but were a whopping 19 points behind their fierce rivals.

Despite their highest league finish since Alex Ferguson retired, Mourinho was heavily criticised for adopting cautious tactics in several big games as United were often made to look ponderous in comparison to stylish City’s commitment to attack.

And beating City to the signature of Fred, who was a target for the English champions in January, could prove to be a significant first step.

Fred caught the eye in Shakhtar’s run to the last-16 of the Champions League, where the Ukrainians only lost out on away goals to Roma.

A stunning free-kick in the first leg of that tie was a glimpse of what Fred’s talented left foot can produce.

However, he is far more of a creator than goalscorer as his record of just 15 goals in five years at Shakhtar suggests.

Midfield boost

United are in need of midfield reinforcements with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.

Mourinho’s task will now be to harness Fred’s passing ability, while also finally getting the best out of Pogba in his third season since an £89 million move from Juventus.

Fred will hope to make the same impact on the Premier League as Brazilian international team-mates Willian and Fernandinho, who also arrived in England via spells with Shakhtar.

United fans are unlikely to get much of a glimpse of Fred at the World Cup in Russia, though, as he is yet to start an international under current coach Tite.

Handed his debut by Dunga in 2014, Fred’s international career was disrupted after testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America.

He was banned from international football for a year by South America’s governing body CONMEBOL, but only missed four months for Shakhtar as FIFA did not extend the ban to cover all confederations until February 2016.

Fred did not return to the national team until a 3-0 friendly win over Russia in March and Tite was keen for his transfer to be completed before the World Cup starts on June 14.

“Players are always thinking of their careers. What you say is please resolve it as soon as possible so we can get them focused back on the task in hand with the national team,” he said after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield, in which Fred featured as a substitute.

“If I was a club manager, I would be looking to sign him.”


Incredible Fred Gives Shakhtar Edge Over Roma

Incredible Fred Gives Shakhtar Edge Over Roma
Shakhtar Donetsk’s players celebrate the goal scored by midfielder Fred (3L) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football against AS Rome at the OSK Metalist Stadion in Kharkiv on February 21, 2018. GENYA SAVILOV / AFP


Shakhtar Donetsk fought back from a goal down as Fred’s free-kick gave the Ukrainian champions a 2-1 victory over Roma on Wednesday in their Champions League last 16, first leg.

Turkish youngster Cengiz Under marked his Champions League debut for Roma with a well-taken 41st-minute opener.

But second-half strikes from Facundo Ferreyra and Fred left the tie finely balanced ahead of the return game at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks’ time.

“My team has everything they needed to play 90 minutes at a high level so the mistakes we’ve made were mental,” Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco said.

“I told the team to play the second half the way we played the first, but what I’ve seen on the pitch is that the team were happy to defend. We need to work on that problem.”

Roma, looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 10 years, started brightly while Shakhtar, who only returned to competitive action last weekend after the winter break, left the visitors too much space in midfield.

The Italians had a chance to go ahead in the sixth minute, but goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov saved well to deny Edin Dzeko.

In the 21st minute, Dzeko forced Pyatov into another diving save with a low shot from the edge of the area after a quick counter-attack.

But the keeper was unable to prevent Under from putting Roma ahead four minutes before half-time.

The 20-year-old forward latched onto a clever through ball from Bosnian striker Dzeko and sent the ball into the net despite the best efforts of Pyatov.

Under has been a revelation in recent weeks for Roma and has now scored five goals in his last four appearances.

But after the interval, Shakhtar, who had won three of their four previous meetings with Roma in the Champions League, moved up a gear.

A long ball forward by full-back Yaroslav Rakitskiy picked out Ferreyra, who dribbled into the box to slip the ball under the onrushing Alisson Becker.

The hosts continued to cut apart the Roma defence, but Brazil keeper Alisson was on top form as he palmed away a shot from Marlos, before springing to his left to brilliantly claw behind Taison’s long-range effort.

But Fred put Shakhtar into the lead with a magnificent free-kick with 19 minutes to play.

His powerful left-footed shot from 20 yards out dipped viciously and flew into the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar for his first Champions League goal.

It could have been even better for Shakhtar as they bid for a first appearance in the last eight since 2011, but Roma substitute Bruno Peres made an extraordinary goalline block while lying on the ground to deny Ferreyra in the final minute of injury-time.

Shakhtar head coach Paulo Fonseca said. “The only reason we didn’t win by a bigger margin was a brilliant display from the Roma keeper.”


Henrikh Mkhitaryan Joins Manchester United

MkhitaryanArmenian attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has joined English Premier League Gaints, Manchester United from Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.

This was disclosed by Borussia Dortmund’s official website.

“This transfer was for us on the basis of an entirely new starting situation a difficult balancing advance: Manchester has made us a tremendous value containing offer. Had we knocked it, the player would be 2017 changed free. And we have the personnel issue postponed by only one year, “the Clubs Chief Executive officer, Hans-Joachim Watzke told the website.

Mkhitaryan, 27, joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, scoring 23 goals in 88 appeareances for the German side.

Neymar, Costa Make Brazil Olympics Squad

Neymar, Costa, Olympics, BrazilBarcelona forward, Neymar has been named as an over-aged player alongside Bayern Munich striker, Douglas Costa in the Brazil squad for the Rio Olympic Games.

BBC says the third permitted over-age player was Palmeiras goalkeeper, Fernando Prass while Santos forward, Gabriel Barbosa was one of five forwards in the Under-23 squad.

With the new development, the forwards that made the Olympics squad are: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos) and Luan (Gremio).

Those in the midfield include: Thiago Maia (Santos), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha (Barcelona) and Felipe Anderson (Lazio).

The players that comprise the Brazilian defence are: Marquinhos (PSG), Luan (Vasco Da Gama), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Zeca (Santos), William (Internacional) and Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro).

Uilson of Atletico Mineiro has been named the second goalkeeper of the team after Prass.

UEFA Concludes Draws For Champions League, Europa League

Champions LeagueEuropean football governing body have concluded the draws for the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.

Defending champions, Barcelona will face fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, runners-up two seasons ago.

Barca, bidding to become the first team to win the trophy two seasons in a row, will get the chance to avenge their defeat at the same stage two years ago when Atletico won 1-0 at home after a 1-1 away draw.

Paris St Germain, will face fellow big spenders Manchester City in the other outstanding tie, with the first leg at the Parc Des Princes.

Ten-times champions Real Madrid will face German side Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich will face Portugal’s Benfica.

Europa League

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will return to Borussia Dortmund for the first time after the sides were drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals.

It will be the first time Klopp has returned to his former club after deciding to leave Dortmund at the end of 2014-15 season following seven years with the club.

Defending champions, Sevilla, who are looking to win the Europa League for a third year in a row, have been drawn against domestic rivals Athletic Bilbao.

Sporting Braga will take on Shakhtar Donetsk while Villareal will be up against Sparta Pargue.