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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic match stats
Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to win three consecutive home games against an opponent in European competition for the third time, having previously done so against Roma in 2018 and Sporting Braga in 2016 (both runs of three). Following their win against RB Leipzig on matchday one, Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to open a Champions League campaign with two victories. This only happened before in 2010/11 and 2007/08, when, one of their two victories that season came against Celtic, beating them 2-0 in a home game under Mircea Lucescu.
Marian Shved scored twice on his Champions League debut for Shakhtar Donetsk (against RB Leipzig), while no player has ever netted more within their first two appearances for the club in the competition. Mykhailo Mudryk was one of three players to be directly involved in three goals on matchday one (one goal and two assists), along with Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski. Aged 21 years and 244 days, Mudryk was the youngest Shakhtar player to be directly involved in as many as three goals in a Champions League game since Douglas Costa in September 2010 (20y 14d against Braga).
This will be Celtic’s first away game in the Champions League since November 2017, when they suffered a 7-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain under Brendan Rodgers. The Bhoys have only kept one clean sheet in 33 away games in the competition, with that coming in a 3-0 win against Anderlecht in 2017/18. Giorgos Giakoumakis is still looking to score his first goal in major European competition (excluding qualifiers), having featured 12 times between his time at AEK Athens and Celtic without scoring (six games in the UEFA Europa League, four in the UEFA Champions League and two in the UEFA Conference League).
This will be the fifth time Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic have faced each other in the group stage of a Champions League campaign, following 2004/05 (one win each) and 2007/08 (one win each). Celtic have lost both of their previous away games against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, while failing to score on both occasions – 0-3 in October 2004 and 0-2 in September 2007.