Monday, July 21, 2014

West Ham United 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 0

The tournament started off with a young Shakhtar team taking on a young West Ham team. The temperature didn't help with the pace of the game, but there were still plenty of chances with the Hammers probably having the slight edge.

Kieran Sadler had the best chance of the game when his blasted shot rattled the Shakhtar crossbar. Artem Gabelok who came on as substitute for the Donetsk team also came close and looked lively in front of goal. Those chances did come though when West Ham had changed almost their entire team.

The first chance of the game fell to West Ham who came close to scoring through Elliot Lee after Seb Lleget had done the hard work, but Shakhtar keeper Yevhen Grytsenko was equal to the shot.

Shakhtar came back and came close from corner, which was expertly controlled by Rotislav Rusin who found Nikita Bezugliy in space, but he was unable to keep his shot on target.

In the first 10 minutes Blair Turgott tested Grytsenko again, but he was able to save with ease as he was another shot from Lee a few seconds after. Shakhtar then went up the other end and Valeriy Hryshyn had a great shot that Tim Brown did well to save.

On 36 minutes the Hammers hit the crossbar when Sadler finally beat Grytsenko. However, it was still 0-0 at half time, although both keepers and the crossbar were tested.

The Hammers started the second half on the front foot and Lleget, Turgott and Alex Pike all had chances before the hour mark. The Hammers then made 9 substitutes and lost the impetus with Shakhtar starting to push for the winner. The best chance came to Artem Grabelok with 12 minutes left. His shot stung the hands of Danny Boness, who was now in goals for the Hammers. However, neither team was able to grab a winner and the game finished 0-0

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