METALIST LOOK TO COMPLETE JOB
FC Metalist already have one foot in the last 16 of the Europa League after a comprehensive 4-0 triumph over Salzburg in the first leg of their round of 32 tie.
The Ukraine champions need only avoid a disastrous home result in the Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, to secure a meeting with either Rubin Kazan or Olympiacos in the last 16.
Metalist are unbeaten at home in the Europa League and their record of 16 goals makes them the most dangerous attacking team in the competition.
Coach Myron Markevych told reporters: "We must forget the result of the first game. We need to continue playing with the same spirit.
"We need to play with the desire, especially given the fact that we will have nine days without any match practice, and it is important that the players came out and played at full strength."
They were inspired in the first leg by the performance of Brazilian forward Taison, who gave them a first minute lead and masterminded a dominant attacking performance.
Neither side had played for two months but Metalist who were into their stride immediately, with Jonatan Cristaldo scoring twice before the interval with Marko Devic adding the coup de grace in injury time.
Salzburg shared a goalless draw with Austrian champions Sturm Graz at the weekend, which cost them a chance to move top of the Bundesliga table.
Domestic matters are now their main focus now, with a trip to third-placed Ried looming at the weekend and a lengthening injury list to contend with.
Stefan Maierhofer is suspended while Douglas de Silva, Andreas Ulmer Stefan Hierlander, Jakob Jantscher and Leonardo have all been listed as doubtful to face Metalist following the weekend's draw.
But coach Ricardo Moniz has demanded his players do their country proud in Kharkiv.
"Metalist Kharkiv have more than one foot in the last 16 for sure, but we cannot allow ourselves to fail to give everything that we've got," Moniz told the club's website.
"It would be foolhardy to suggest that we can win 5-0 in Kharkiv or that we have a good chance of that.
"We will go into the match determined to win though, and represent Austrian football accordingly.
"We have another league clash in Ried this Sunday - it's an advantage at this stage of the season to have a big squad that we can rotate."
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