‘Zorro’ Fon­seca hon­ours his prom­ise

The Citizen (KZN) - - INTERNACIONAL - Kharkiv

– An over­joyed Shakhtar Donetsk man­ager Paulo Fon­seca fulfilled his prom­ise to dress up as fic­tional char­ac­ter Zorro af­ter lead­ing his side into the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out stages with a 2-1 win over Pre­mier League club Manchester City on Wed­nes­day.

Last month, Fon­seca vowed that he would don the iconic masked vig­i­lante’s out­fit if the Ukrainian side pro­gressed to the last-16 and stuck to his word, wear­ing a black cape, mask and hat dur­ing the post-match presser af­ter the win.

“This is the most joy­ful press con­fer­ence of my ca­reer,” the Por­tuguese Fon­seca told amused re­porters at the Me­tal­ist Sta­dium.

“I feel great joy. I think not only Shakhtar’s supporters but all Ukraini­ans have to be proud of our team.”

Goals from Bernard and Is­maily handed City, who re­sponded with a Ser­gio Aguero stop­page­time penalty, their first de­feat of the sea­son and led Fon­seca’s side to a sec­ond-place fin­ish in Group F.

The draw for the last-16 takes place in Switzer­land on Mon­day, and Shakhtar could face group win­ners Paris Saint-Ger­main, Roma, Barcelona, Liver­pool, Be­sik­tas, Manchester United or Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in the knock­out stages. –

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