Shakhtar defender Yefim Konoplya shared his impressions of the victory over Rukh 1-0 in the third round of the UPL:
“It was difficult to unleash such a powerful and massive defense. But I think that we have scored a goal and even more. It is always difficult to play against teams that promote only counter attacks and defend in two lines of 5 players.
Removal of Mudrik gave additional motivation. Everyone understood that he had to play for the removed Mikhail. I think that we have coped very well with this task.
On the left flank, I felt quite comfortable, because I already had experience playing in this position. There was nothing out of the ordinary.
We are in a fighting mood. We have to do a very good job. Start by analyzing the game of our mistakes in order to become stronger and be ready for the first game in the Champions League.”