In their Champions League Group H match on Tuesday, Shakhtar Donetsk defeated La Liga champions Barcelona 1-0 thanks to a towering header from Danylo Sikan.
The Spanish team, who had won their first three games in the competition and needed one point to secure a spot in the round of 16 with two games left, put up a disappointing show against a well-organized Shakhtar defense, managing to earn only one shot on goal throughout the match.
The Ukrainian team, playing in Hamburg, were aggressive on the counterattack, and Sikan’s header in the 40th minute gave them an unexpected lead over the five-time European champions.
The 22-year-old forward headed the ball just past Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s reach in the Barca goal after vaulting over defender Andreas Christensen to meet a Giorgi Gocholeishvili cross from the right touchline.
Following the interval, Gocholeishvili stole the ball from defender Marcos Alonso and struck Ter Stegen square in the chest.
In the 52nd minute, Sikan attempted a close range shot, but the custodian made another incredible reflex save with his right foot. Later, Newerton’s score was disallowed for offside.
Until Xavi made four replacements at once in the 60th minute, Barca were unable to trouble the opposing goalkeeper Dmytro Riznyk. Joao Felix and Lamine Yamal came off the bench to give the visitors a much-needed boost.
To secure the three points, Shakhtar stood firm in the face of some late pressure.
With nine points from four games, Barcelona is still leading Group H, three points ahead of Porto and Shakhtar.