Euro 2020. Ukraine's national team defeated Luxembourg to a minimum and consolidated leadership in its selection group

The duel with Luxembourg, as Andrey Shevchenko predicted, was difficult for the blue and yellows. But they accomplished the main task, having won the third in the qualifying tournament in a row and the second in three days.

Shevchenko's starting line-up compared to a successful match against Serbia has not undergone any changes. But among the spare there were some permutations. Instead of Boutka and Besedin, Shaparenko and Marlos were included in the application.

Considering how difficult it was for the blue and yellows to develop the first match with Luxembourg, in March, it is not surprising that they tried not to repeat the mistakes and to provide a favorable outcome as early as possible. And the home invasion of the hosts brought them success. After a corner kick, Malinowski made a perfect pass to the goalkeeper's line, and Yaremchuk, winning the fight in the air, kicked his head open. Forward excelled in the second national team match in his hometown! By the way, the next corner, at the 9th minute, also almost became productive. This time, the delivery of Konoplyanka with a header was completed by Stepanenko, but hit the crossbar.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

Subsequently, the blue and yellow tried to keep the game under control and continued to periodically create moments. In particular, only confident actions of goalkeeper of guests of Morris did not allow to distinguish Zinchenko after leaving alone and Malinowski after a direct free kick. But the Luxembourg national team was approaching the gates of the Ukrainians on the first occasion, and sometimes they managed to overcome the opponent's defense. The guests struck several dangerous blows, and in one of the episodes Pyatov had to save the gate when Jans punched from a sharp angle. In the 38th minute, Martins even put the ball in the net, but the team of referees fixed the offside.

In the second half of the first half, the Ukrainian national team allowed the opponent too much. After a break, the owners managed to regain control of the game for a while, but they did not qualitatively carry out high-speed attacks. Sometimes Tsygankov, Yaremchuk, and Konoplyanka took positions to strike, but these attempts were unsuccessful. And closer to the middle of the second half, Luxembourg felt confident again, and Pyatov again had to work hard, both on the line and on the exits.

It was noticeable that after a long season and a game that had taken a lot of physical strength and emotions three days earlier, it was difficult for Ukraine to add and demonstrate high speeds or apply pressure. And if Stepanenko had hit the post after Konoplyanka crossed a free kick, the final minutes of the match might have been quieter, but it didn't happen.

The Luxemburgers, however, made substitutions aimed at intensifying the attack and made the home fans cheer. Yet they were forced to leave the field defeated.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

Euro 2020. Qualifying Tournament. Group B

Ukraine vs Luxembourg - 1-0 (1-0)

Goal: Yaremchuk (6).

Ukraine: Pyatov (k), Mykolenko, Matviyenko, Kryvtsov, Karavayev, Stepanenko, Zinchenko, Malinovskyi, Konoplyanka (Kovalenko, 80), Tsyhankov (Sobol, 88), Yaremchuk.

Bench: Pankov, Lunin, Shepelev, Burda, Shaparenko, A. Kravets, Marlos, Bezus, Plastun, Sweden.

Trainer: Andriy Shevchenko.

Luxembourg: Morris, Chano, Gerson, K. Martins, Da Mota (Bensey, 52), W. Thill, O. Thill (Thurpel, 77), Barreiro Martins, Rodriguez, Jans (k), Martens.

Bench: Sean, Kips, Makhmutovich, Malzhe, Selimovich, K. Holtz, Sinani, Janisz, Skenderovic.

Trainer: Luke Holtz.

Referee: Peter Kralovic (Slovakia).

Warned: Nikolenko (56), Karavayev (67), Zinchenko (81) - O. Till (29), Da Mota (31), Rodriguez (51), V. Till (90 + 4).

June 10th. Lviv. Arena Arena Lviv.

Serbia - Lithuania - 4-1 (3-0)

Goals: A. Mitrovic (20, 34), Jovic (35), Ljajic (90 + 2) - Novikovas (71, penalty kick).

Standings

 

 

G

W

D

L

GD

О

1.

Ukraine

4

3

1

0

8—1

10

2.

Luxembourg

4

1

1

2

4—5

4

3.

Serbia

3

1

1

1

5—7

4

4.

Portugal

2

0

2

0

1—1

2

5.

Lithuania

3

0

1

2

3—7

1

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

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