Euro 2020. The Ukrainian national team defeated the Lithuanian team and made another step towards the final tournament

In Kharkiv blue-yellow beat the Lithuanians thanks to a double by Ruslan Malinowski.

The starting line-up of the national team of Ukraine confirmed the serious attitude of the hosts to the next clash with their opponent, whom they confidently beat a month ago in away game (3:0). Despite a duel with the European champions, the Portuguese, who have been waiting for the blue and yellow for three days, almost all of the major performers were involved in Metalist USC on Friday.

Compared to the September game with the Lithuanians, two changes occurred in the first 11: instead of Mykolenko, who missed several training sessions due to injury, Sobol came out, and Yaremchuk was replaced by Moraes. Thus, the left flank of Shevchenko's team, which was supposed to operate on the Sobol and Marlos team that had not previously played together, was somewhat unusual.

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The turbulent beginning set the tone for the game

However, as the game showed, in fact Marlos often moved closer to the center, leaving an eyebrow at Edward's disposal. By the way, it was from the left flank that came the first threat to the visitors' goal: already in the 3rd minute after Sobol's submission, his head struck a dangerous shot at the Moraes goal, but he was slightly missed. Just like a little later, Marlos, who struck from the penalty line, and Stepanenko, who connected to the corner. And the moment that ended with Zinchenko's strike was fourth in the Ukrainian national team in 12 minutes.

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The turbulent beginning set the tone of the game, which in the future looked interesting and emotional and predictably took place in the dominance of blue and yellow. After losing the ball, the Ukrainians, as a rule, immediately took the form of selection on the other half of the field, preventing opponents from starting to build attacks.

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Found a gap in the center of Lithuanian defense

However, the home side managed to overcome the tight defense of the home team only in the 29th minute. Finally, one of the many strikes proved to be apt: Malinowski with Moraes in the middle of the two passed defensive structures of the opponent, and Ruslan irresistibly broke through. And in three minutes Yarmolenko could double the score, but he hit the crossbar.

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In the second half, the Ukrainian national team slightly reduced the intensity of the actions, but in general continued to keep the course of events under control. And in the 58th minute Malinowski managed another effective blow. Yarmolenko earned a free kick and Ruslan scored from the standard. Zinchenko had a great chance to make the score a smash hit, but did not hit the goal with a Sobol transfer. The Lithuanians created the first goal of the match in the 83rd minute, but Pyatov coped with a shot by Verbitskas.

Andriy Shevchenko's team won the fifth qualifying tournament in a row and moved one step closer to winning the Euro 2020 ticket.

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Euro 2020. Qualifying Tournament. Group B

Ukraine - Lithuania - 2: 0 (1: 0)

Goals: Malinovskyi(29, 58).

Ukraine: Pyatov (k), Sobol, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Bolbat, Stepanenko (Sydorchuk, 73), Malinovskyi, Zinchenko, Yarmolenko (Tsyhankov, 64), Marlos (Konoplyanka, 59), Moraes.

Substitutions: Pankov, Plastun, Yaremchuk, Shabanov, Buyalsky, Mykolenko, Kovalenko, Karavayev, Lunin.

Head coach: Andriy Shevchenko.

Lithuania: Chernyauskas, Mikolunas (k), Klimavicius, Gerdweinis, Andryushkjavicus (Shimkus, 62), Vorobyovas, Verbitskas, Novikovas, Zulpa, Golubitskas (Lasitskas, 73), Lauksemis (D. 77).

Substitutions: Bartkus, Adamonis, Yankauskas, Kozlauskas, Vaitkunas, G. Matulevicius, Kasparovicius, Baravikas.

Head coach: Valdas Urbanas.

Referee: Harald Lehner (Austria).

Booked: Stepanenko (55) - Novikovas (54), Zhulpa (57).

October 11. Kharkiv. OSC Metalist. 32 500 spectators.

Portugal - Luxembourg - 3-0 (1-0)

Standings

 

 

G

W

D

L

GD

О

1.

Ukraine

6

5

1

0

13—1

16

2.

Portugal

5

3

2

0

13—4

11

3.

Serbia

5

2

1

2

10—12

7

4.

Luxembourg

6

1

1

4

5—11

4

5.

Lithuania

6

0

1

5

4—17

1

14.10.2019

Ukraine - Portugal 21.45

Lithuania - Serbia 21.45

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