‘Zorro’ Fonseca honours his promise
– 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. –