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Shakhtar Donetsk Beat Basel 4-1 to Reach Europa League Semi-Final

Shakhtar Donetsk (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Shakhtar Donetsk (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Four Brazilians scored for Shakhtar Donetsk before Ricky van Wolfswinkel netted a consolation goal for Basel in the Europa League.

Shakhtar Donetsk routed Basel 4-1 on Tuesday to set up a Europa League semifinal against Inter Milan.

Four Brazilians scored for the Ukrainian side before Ricky van Wolfswinkel netted a consolation goal for the Swiss side.

Jnior Moraes put Shakhtar ahead in the second minute by steering in a header from Marlos corner. It was the Brazilian-born Ukraine forwards 25th goal across all competitions, coming after he scored two against Wolfsburg in the second leg of their rescheduled round-of-16 tie last week.

Afimico Pululu almost equalized with a solo effort for Basel, but Taison grabbed Shakhtars second with a deflected shot after a fine flowing team move in the 22nd.

Marcos Antnio almost added a third when he struck the crossbar with a curling shot in the 40th. Raoul Petretta produced a clearance to deny Moraes from the rebound.

Alan Patricks penalty in the 75th effectively sealed the Ukrainian sides place in the semifinals, before right back Dod added the fourth.

The tournament is being played in a shortened format in Germany because of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced all European competitions to be halted for months.

Shakhtar will play Inter in Dsseldorf on Aug. 17. The final takes place in nearby Cologne four days later.

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first published:August 12, 2020, 03:07 IST