Shakhtar proved their European credentials in the round of 32, beating Portuguese giants Benfica 5-4 on aggregate. Luis Castro’s side narrowly missed out on a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages earlier this season, finishing third in their group behind Manchester City and Atalanta.
Reaction to the draw
Head coach Oliver Glasner: “Shakhtar Donetsk are a big name in European football. They’re regulars in the Champions League and a very strong opponent, with a lot of South American players in their ranks. We’ll need another solid team performance in the last 16 of the Europa League.”
Robin Knoche: “It’s an interesting tie. Their 3-3 draw in Lisbon [in the round of 32 second leg] was no fluke. We’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s a manageable tie and we believe in our strengths. We want to put ourselves in a good position in the home leg – as we did against Malmö.”