Shakhtar Donetsk with playful ease past FC Basel and meets Inter

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Shakhtar Donetsk has qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League without too much trouble. FC Basel had nothing to say against the Ukrainians and lost 4-1 without a chance. Shakhtar will take on Internazionale in the semi-final next week.


Shakhtar had already simply dealt with VfL Wolfsburg in the previous round. Basel was also no match. The start of the top club from Ukraine could not have been better. Within two minutes Junior Moraes benefited from a goalkeeper error by Djordje Nikolic. He headed in the 1-0.

Except for a few small chances, Basel hardly managed to become dangerous. Shakhtar remained in control and doubled the lead after more than twenty minutes of play when Taison saw a deflected shot end up behind Nikolic. There were also great chances of 3-0, but they did not fall.

In the second half we had to wait for the moment when Shakhtar would score the all-deciding goal. Basel was unable to create anything and had its back to the wall for almost the entire second half. When Alan Patrick shot a penalty fifteen minutes before the end, it was definitely over for the Swiss. A minute before time it was also 4-0 by Dodo. The substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel determined the final score at 4-1.

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