Shakhtar faces tough quarterfinal test

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March 18, 2011, 1:21 p.m. | None — by Mark Rachkevych

Players of Shakhtar Donetsk celebrate after scoring during a Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match between AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, March. 8, 2011.
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Shakhtar Donetsk will face arguably Europe’s fiercest club in Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals in April following an open draw held in Nyon, Switzerland today. Shakhtar will play the first leg away, having drawn second in the pairing.

The Donetsk club hasn't lost a match at home since 2008.

The last time a Ukrainian club made it this far in European club competition was in 1999 when Dynamo Kyiv made it to the semifinals but lost to Bayern Munich.

Barcelona is led by two-time FIFA Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi of Argentina.

The last eight left in Europe’s premiere club competition features three English clubs, two Spanish and one apiece from Italy, Germany and Ukraine.

The other fixtures will see Real Madrid face Tottenham, Chelsea versus Manchester United, and Internazionale against Schalke.

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