To the Meteor stadium in Dnipropetrovosk for this game where the champions (Shakhtar) generally have possession , attack more, but tended not to control their shooting.
Both teams start fairly cautiously and its only near the end in a late flourish that Dnipro go really close.
They have a goal disallowed as did Shakhtar in the first half.
As seems to happen the match did not start at the advertised time (8.30 rather than 8.45) so maybe that was why the local ultras were somewhat late in arriving.
The visitors from Donetsk were in early and well separated from any local fans.
In another area of town the newly developed Dnipro stadium looks to be nearing completion with work being now done on the nearby roads.
Drive for around 4 hours and , if you don't get lost , you are in Donetsk.
Metalurh Donetsk 3 Kharkiv 0
League leaders Metalurh continued their perfect record with their fourth win (and only one goal conceded)
They are playing , appropriately enough at their Metalurh stadium. Its a small , neat, stadium in maybe not the best area of Donetsk.
After scoring two in the first half including a penalty from the influencial Fernandez the home team got to dominate the game , restricting Kharkiv to a few chances. Nigerian striker Kingsley got the third after beating the goalie and slotting it home left footed.
After that it was easy.
In the evening in Donetsk it was warm and pleasant as the 'musical fountain' attracted a crowd, many wandering around the centre with beer in hand.
In this part of the world the scenery can certainly be industrial but the 'scenery' , as mentioned previously , was impressive.
Minding the bumps in the road is a constant requirement.
Luhansk is, well, fairly unremarkable. Some sizeable supermarkets grace the town and some decent restaurants though not too many (any ?)internet cafes. The main worry at the hotel was hoping the lifts didn't break down as they made some disconcerting noises.
Nearby the centre is the local stadium where I saw Zorya play Metalurh Donetsk.
Like last time Metalurh set their neat passing in motion and controlled the game via midfield. Again they scored from a Fernandez penalty and got a second after the interval as the home struggled to create chances. This was the Donetsk's team fifth consecutive win from the start of the season and they are ,at this stage , some 7 pts clear in the league.
Its worth keeping an eye on their progress and their coach.
Back one more time to Donetsk and a visit to the Olimpiski stadium for -
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Metalist Kharkiv 2
to finish - the best game of the six.
Metalist stun Shakhtar with a Jackson Coelho cracker and another goal just before half time.
But early on in the second half Shakhtar got one back , then benefited from a slightly dubious penalty award to equalise. Metalist had a man sent off later but they held on for the draw.
Around 20,000 watched including a decent number from Kharkiv.
Having survived the Ukrainian roads and a couple of flights (on time) in a Tupolev this correspondent endured a British Airways delay of around 4 hours in Kiev airport on the return trip.
for more pics see http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/62964075