Two goals from new signing Fred helped FC Shakhtar Donetsk ease past FC Chornomorets Odesa to clinch the Ukrainian Super Cup.
After winning their third consecutive domestic double last season, Mircea Lucescu's squad have a new look with a number of changes in personnel. Fittingly it was newcomer Fred, a June signing from SC Internacional, who made an early impact, netting twice before the break. The hosts reduced the arrears through Olexiy Antonov but Taison's penalty ensured victory for the Pitmen.
Chornomorets showed plenty of attacking intent but were ruthlessly punished for errors at the back. Shakhtar's first arrived after a counterattack started by Vyacheslav Shevchuk deep in his own half, Fred finishing the move with a precise finish. The Brazilian international scored his second in a similar manner after Yaroslav Rakitskiy had pulled the strings.
The Sailors struggled to contain Shakhtar in an open game but pulled one back just before the break when Antonov converted from Kristi Vangjeli's cross. The revival failed to gain momentum, however, with Shakhtar being given the chance to restore their two-goal advantage when Vangjeli fouled Shevchuk in the area. Taison made no mistake to put the result beyond doubt and add another trophy to Shakhtar's cabinet.
"We start the seasosn in a great mood," Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna. "Lately we lost a number of skilled players, but a few newcomers have come into the squad and I'm sure they will be a great help. We will only become stronger if everyone adapts as quickly as Fred."
Coach Mircea Lucescu also singled out the Brazilian for praise, adding: "It was a spectacular game. We were up against a well-prepared and organised team. It would have been very difficult for us if we relied only on our physical strength because Chornomorets are maybe even stronger than us. We tried to control the ball and the game, to exploit space using our technical skills and pace of our attackers."
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