Shakhtar Donetsk request ‘next goal wins’ option against Man City

Is this the only way to beat Guardiola's free-scoring side?


Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov
POISED: Pyatov (Image: Илья Хохлов/Ilya Khokhlov/Ilja Chochłow)

Ukrainian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk have asked for an anytime ‘next goal wins’ option for this evening’s Champions League fixture against Manchester City.

With City having scored 22 goals in five games, Shakhtar have serious concerns about their ability to win the game over ninety minutes.

They have lost their last four UEFA Champions League games, conceding fourteen goals and scoring none.

In order to secure the victory, Shaktar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov intends to shout “next goal wins” at the 85-minute stage, whereupon his side will then employ an all-out attack strategy.

Man City are said to be aware of the plan and are looking at a ‘taking their ball home’ counter-offensive tactic.

A Shakhtar spokesman said: “We could be four or five down by the 85th minute, so this allows us a realistic chance of victory.

“And City ought to think very carefully about taking their ball home because we’ve been practising Chinese burns in training.”

In a statement, Uefa said: “Yeah, it’s against the Fair Play rules, so it’s not happening.

“Unless PSG want to do it. We’ve got a Christmas party to pay for, you know.”