Shakhtar routs Malmo 4-0 in Champions League
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk ended its European goal drought to beat Malmo 4-0 and sustain its slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages.
Shakhtar went into the game without having scored a goal in its three defeats so far in the group stage, but dominated from the start against the defensively-minded Swedish team.
Oleksandr Hladkiy had several good chances before he put the hosts ahead in the 29th minute, heading in the rebound from his own shot.
Darijo Srna made it 2-0 from the penalty spot three minutes after the break, before goals from Eduardo and Alex Teixeira finished off the rout.
Malmo finished the match with 10 men after defender Kari Arnason picked up his second booking.
Earlier, Malmo midfielder Oscar Lewicki was carried off on a stretcher wearing a neck brace after colliding with Shakhtar’s Taras Stepanenko. Malmo said Lewicki had a concussion.
Shakhtar climbs above Malmo to third place in Group A after losing 1-0 in Sweden two weeks previously. Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-German 1-0 in Tuesday’s other Group A game to advance to the knockout rounds.
Shakhtar must win its final two games against Real and PSG to qualify, and that will be even harder with key defenders Srna and Oleksandr Kucher having picked up yellow cards against Malmo that mean both will miss the next game against Real.