Ukraine's national team played a draw with the Nigeria team

In a duel at the Dnipro Arena, blue and yellow in the experimental squad made peace with one of Africa's best teams.

Which promised the day before head coach of the national team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko, composed of blue-yellows compared to the successful match in Vilnius, where the Ukrainians three days earlier demonstrated a great game and a convincing result, many changes have taken place. In particular, only four performers remained in the top 11: Matvienko, Malinovsky, Zinchenko and Yarmolenko.

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An unusual variant of the composition of the representatives of Europe was not easy to find understanding. Instead, the Africans, despite being in the process of building a new team, seemed confident from the first minute. Powerful and technical Nigerians have time and again released themselves from the custody of their opponents and, even by attacking small groups of players, have created moments. The first of these was already effective: Iwobi broke in on the left and fired at Aribo, who struck the opening goal.

If in this episode, Lunin did not save, then in the future Andrew repeatedly insured partners, winning duels in the opponent. In particular, the goalkeeper did not allow himself to beat Chukwueze after going out on his own. But when the referee awarded an 11-yard touchdown after a foul by Karavayev on Kalu, Lunin proved powerless against Osimchen's blow.

Shevchenko's wards did little to attack. In addition to the unusual composition, some players had to act in not quite familiar positions. In particular, Tsygankov was moved to the left flank. However, it was Victor who had perhaps the best moment in the first half, but shortly before the break Uzoho pulled the ball after a dangerous hit by a Ukrainian in the near corner.

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In the second half, despite the unfavorable score, the Ukrainian team continued to adhere to the usual principles, trying to demonstrate a combination of spectacular play. It turned out, however, not always. After the break, the Nigerians did not attack as sharply as in the first 45 minutes. Uzoho made another save, neutralizing Malinowski's free-kick. But then the blue-yellows within a minute turned the course of the match, having made two lightning attacks. Zinchenko in the transfer of Karavaev and Yaremchuk after the Marlos pass overcame Uzoho from close range. The novel, however, only succeeded on the second attempt, but it did not matter. 2: 2 - The emotional match ended in a draw.

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Friendly Match

Ukraine - Nigeria - 2: 2 (0: 2)

Goals: Zinchenko (78), Yaremchuk (79) - Aribo (4), Osimchen (34, from penalty).

Ukraine: Lunin, Sobol, Matvienko, Burda, Karavayev, Malinovsky (Shepelev, 73), Zinchenko, Kovalenko (Buyalsky, 67), Tsigankov (Konoplyanka, 73), Yarmolenko (k) (Marlos, 58), Moraes (Yaremchuk, 37).

Bench: Pankov, Pyatov, Bolbat, Krivtsov, Plastun, Mykolenko, Bezus.

Trainer: Andriy Shevchenko.

Nigeria: Uzoho, Aina, Ekong (k) (Avasiyam, 87), Ajai, Collins, Aribo, Etobo, Chukwueze (Bonaventure, 82), Iwobi (Esiti, 70), Kalu (Simon, 73), Osimchen (Maya, 90 + 1 ).

Bench: Ezenwa, Okoye, Onuachu, Ido, Iheanacho.

Trainer: Gernot Rohr.

Referee: Cheap hotels in Paolo Valeri, Italy. Booked: Osmechen (84).

September 10. The Dnieper. Dnipro-Arena Stadium. 27 320 spectators.

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