Shakhtar Donetsk travel to the Estadio do Dragao to face Porto this Wednesday in the final game of the Champions League Group stage. Both sides have a chance of qualification with a win with how tight it is at the top of Group H.
Porto currently sit second in Group H after five games. The Portuguese side have three wins and two losses which leaves them on nine points, three points behind Barcelona and on equal points with Shakhtar Donetsk but above based on goal difference.
In their last five games in all competitions, Porto have three wins and two losses. In the Fourth round of the Taca de Portugal, Porto hosted Montalegre. Danny Loader and Fran Navarro both scored along with a brace from Evanilson to give Porto the 4 - 0 win. In the Champions League, Porto travelled to Barcelona. Pepe opened the scoring for Porto, but goals from Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix gave Barcelona the 2 - 1 win.
Back in Liga Portugal, Porto faced Famalicão. Evanilson, Mehdi Taremi and Francisco Conceicao all scored in the 3 - 0 win for Porto over ten-man Famalicão who had Zaydou Youssouf sent off in the 80th minute. In the Taca de Liga Group stage, Porto travelled to Estoril Praia. Cassiano Dias Moreira put Estoril Praia ahead in the 22nd minute but Pepe drew Porto level before halftime. However, Rafik Guitane and Joao Santo both scored in extra time to give Estoril Praia the 3 - 1 win.
The last time out for Porto was against Casa Pia. Evanilson, Jose Pedro and Pepe all scored to give Porto the 3 - 1 win, with Fernando Santos’ 89th minute penalty a consolation for Casa Pia.
Shakhtar Donetsk sit just below Porto in third. In five games, Shakhtar have three wins and two losses, leaving them on nine points, three points behind Barcelona and only behind Porto by virtue of a poor goal difference.
In their last five games in all competitions, Shakhtar have three wins, one draw and one loss. Danylo Sikan gave Shakhtar the lead in the fifth minute, but goals from Eduard Sarapiy, Oleksiy Hutusulyak and Bogdan Lednev gave Dnipro-1 the 3 - 1 win. The next time out was against Polissya Zhytomyr. Despite the late red card to Polissya Zhytomyr’s Viacheslav Tankovskyi, Shaktar were unable to find the back of the net and played out a goalless draw.
In the Champions League, Shakhtar hosted Royal Antwerp. Mykola Matviyenko scored the only goal of the game in the 12th minute to give Shakhtar the 1 - 0 win over ten-man Anterp who had Arbnor Muja sent off late on. Oleksandr Zubkov and Dmytro Kryskiv both scored in the 2 - 0 win over Metalist 1925.
The most recent outing for Shakhtar was against Veres Rivne. A Julio Cesar own goal and a goal from Zubkov gave Shakhtar another 2 - 0 win over a struggling Veres Rivne side.
Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk have met five times in their histories, the first meeting coming back in the 2011/12 Group stage. Porto have the better record with three wins in comparison to Shakhtar who are yet to beat Porto, the other two games ending in two draws.