After finishing third in the Champions League Group F, Shakhtar were demoted to the Europa League. In the knockout playoff round, they got past Rennes.
Shakhtar Donetsk welcome Feyenoord to the Polish Army Stadium for the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie. Both sides took different routes to get here in this competition. The home side were not even part of this tournament from the start. After finishing third in the Champions League Group F, Shakhtar were demoted to the Europa League. In the knockout playoff round, they got past French side Rennes. On the other hand, Feyenoord secured direct qualification to the last-16 after topping Group F.
Both clubs have been exceptional in their respective domestic leagues. Sitting in the top end of the table, they have been fairly consistent for most part of the season. They are also heading into this fixture on the back of registering victories at the weekend. Shakhtar Donetsk trounced Metalist 1925 7-0 in the Ukrainian Premier League. Meanwhile, Dutch leaders Feyenoord got past Groningen 1-0 in Eredivisie. With form on their side, both sides will be quietly confident of getting the job done in this fixture.
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Feyenoord have been impressive in the Eredivisie this season. They are deservedly sitting at the top of the Dutch league – not something many anticipated at this point in time. Feyenoord have 55 points from 24 games, three clear of second-placed Ajax. On the other hand, Shakhtar Donetsk have also been a team to watch in their respective league this season. In the Ukrainian Premier League, Shakhtar have 36 points from 15 points to be placed second. They are level on points with leaders Dnipro-1.
These two clubs have not faced each other many times in the past. There have been very few encounters that has happened between them over the years. In the 2017-18 season, they were placed in the same Champions League group. Shakhtar Donetsk first won the away match 2-1 before winning the home leg 3-1 against Feyenoord. This time though they are meeting each other in the Europa League. It will be interesting to see if the same routine will continue in the upcoming two-legged tie.
|Shakhtar Donetsk won||2|
|Total Shakhtar Donetsk goals||5|
|Total Feyenoord goals||2|
|Biggest Shakhtar Donetsk win||3-1 (2017)|
|Biggest Feyenoord win||–|
|Last 2 match-results||Score|
|Shakhtar Donetsk beat Feyenoord||3-1|
|Shakhtar Donetsk beat Feyenoord||1-2|
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