Soccer-Shakhtar beat Antwerp 1-0 to keep Champions League hopes alive

  • Football
  • Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Shakhtar Donetsk v Royal Antwerp - Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany - November 28, 2023 Royal Antwerp's Chidera Ejuke in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Artem Bondarenko REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko's glancing header secured a 1-0 win over Royal Antwerp on Tuesday to keep alive their hopes of a last-16 Champions League spot.

The Ukrainians, who play in Hamburg, dominated the first half in the Group H clash, scoring in the 12th minute after Oleksandr Zubkov's cross headed was headed in by Matviyenko.

The Belgians had chances but Shakhtar goalkeeper Dmytro Riznyk made brilliant saves to deny Antwerp from picking up their first point in their Champions League debut season.

Shakhtar are third but level on nine points with leaders Barcelona and second-placed Porto, who meet later on Tuesday in Spain, with the Catalans needing a win to secure top spot after losing 1-0 to the Ukrainians earlier this month.

Antwerp host Barca on Dec. 13 in the final round of group fixtures, while Shakhtar visit Porto.

(Reporting by Angelica Medina in Mexico City; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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