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Shakhtar Donetsk v Braga background

With the 2009 UEFA Cup winners unbeaten in Europe in 2016 and 2-1 up going into the home leg of their tie against Braga, things are looking positive for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Facundo Ferreyra celebrates scoring in Braga
Facundo Ferreyra celebrates scoring in Braga ©AFP/Getty Images

A late goal in the first leg slightly muddied the waters, but FC Shakhtar Donetsk have reason for confidence as they welcome SC Braga in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final decider.

Previous meetings
• Shakhtar won 2-1 in Portugal in the first leg, Yaroslav Rakitskiy and Facundo Ferreyra on target before Wilson Eduardo's late goal gave Braga hope.

• The sides met in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage with Mircea Lucescu's Shakhtar winning 3-0 away and 2-0 in Ukraine. The Pitmen topped the group, whereas Domingos Paciência's team finished third to earn a UEFA Europa League place, proceeding to reach the final.

• That campaign also included Braga's only other ties against Ukrainian opponents – 1-1 and 0-0 draws against FC Dynamo Kyiv which steered them through the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals on the away goal rule.

• Shakhtar's 15 matches against Portuguese sides have ended W5 D4 L6 (W1 D3 L3 in Ukraine – W4 D1 L3 in Portugal).

• Braga have scored just twice in five games against Ukrainian clubs, leaving them with the record W0 D2 L3 (W0 D1 L1 away).

Highlights: Braga 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Form guide
• Shakhtar are unbeaten in five outings (W4 D1) since transferring over from the UEFA Champions League group stage to the UEFA Europa League.

• Braga's record in five European away fixtures this term is W2 D1 L2. They have scored only three goals on their 2015/16 continental travels.

• Of the eight teams that parachuted in from the UEFA Champions League group stage, just Shakhtar and Sevilla remain in contention.

• This is the first time Shakhtar have featured in the quarter-finals since they won the final edition of the UEFA Cup in 2009.

• Braga are through to the last eight for the first time since their finest continental campaign, when they were UEFA Europa League runners-up in 2011 – having arrived from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Links and trivia
• The journey from Braga to Shakhtar's temporary home in Lviv is around 2,650km.

• Shakhtar left-back Ismaily joined the club from Braga in 2013; he spent a single season with the Arsenalistas.

• Braga's Rui Fonte was on the books at Arsenal FC from 2006–09 while Shakhtar's Eduardo was in the Gunners' first team.

• Braga are the most fouled side in the competition with 160 infringements against them over the 11 matchdays – 22 more than any other team still in contention.

• Of the quarter-finalists, Liverpool FC (1973, 1976 and 2001), Sevilla FC (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015) and Shakhtar (2009) have lifted this trophy before, while Athletic Club (1977 and 2012), Braga (2011) and Borussia Dortmund (1993 and 2002) have all lost UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League finals.

• Shakhtar boast the player (Darijo Srna, 133) and the coach (Lucescu, 211) who have appeared in the most UEFA club competition matches of the last-eight contenders.

The coaches
• Mircea Lucescu has occupied the Shakhtar helm since 2004, leading the Pitmen to eight Ukrainian championships and five national cups as well as the 2009 UEFA Cup. The one-time striker, 70, has coached in Romania and Italy and landed back-to-back Turkish titles with different clubs in the early 2000s.

• Appointed to the Braga hot seat last summer, former defender Paulo Fonseca, 43, had a low-key playing career. Having made his name in the second division as boss of CD Aves, Fonseca twice coached FC Paços de Ferreira in the top flight either side of a stint at FC Porto, where he was once on the books as a player.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Shakhtar lost their only previous UEFA penalty shoot-out:
L 4-1 A v Club Brugge KV (2002/03 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)

• Braga won their only previous UEFA penalty shoot-out:
W 5-4 A v Udinese Calcio (2012/13 UEFA Champions League play-offs)