Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca hailed the importance of their 3-2 Champions League win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday night
The Ukrainian Premier League leaders needed a stoppage-time goal from Taison to keep their last-16 hopes alive after surrendering a two-goal lead.
But, for Fonseca, the victory is what counts with Lyon set to meet them in Ukraine for a mouth-watering Group F decider in a fortnight.
“Now everything is in our hands. We understand perfectly well that we need to win the next game vs Lyon,” Fonseca told reporters on the club website.
“We know how difficult the fight will be. By drawing with Manchester City, Lyon proved once again that they are a great club.”
Whether Shakhtar will be able to host Lyon at home is doubtful due to protests in Ukraine this week over the country’s tense relationship with Russia.
“Now, regarding the situation developing around Kharkiv: I personally think that the game will be held right there, I haven’t heard any other instructions yet,” said Fonseca.
“But if UEFA decides to hold the meeting elsewhere for some reason, we will try to play in another city in our country.”
Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon, who drew 2-2 with Manchester City in the other game.