Euro 2020. Ukrainian national team defeats Portugal team and participates in the final tournament!

To accomplish the main task, to get a pass to the Euro-2020 final, Andrey Shevchenko's team had enough draw in today's match. The current European champions, the Portuguese, in terms of tournament schedules, only arranged a victory.

Compared to the previous duel, against Lithuania in Kharkiv Three days earlier, there were three changes in the blue-yellow starting lineup. As Andriy Shevchenko promised on pre-match press conference, fresh players appeared - those who did not even replace Metalist on Friday. The permutations concerned the flanks of the defense, where instead of Bolbat and Sobol, Karavayev and Nikolenko left, as well as the line of attack where Moraes replaced Yaremchuk.

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A quick blue-yellow goal from the standard

The first goal of the goal was made in the 2nd minute. Yaremchuk, assisted by Malinowski, was able to break through with the defenders, but Rui Patriciou was in place. But within four minutes the account was opened. After Marlos' corner kick, Krivtsov threatened the goal, the Portuguese goalkeeper deflected it, but Yaremchuk was the first to finish. 1: 0.

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The fact that the Ukrainians would have to spend most of their playing time in defense was clear in advance, and at the expense of the home team, the Portuguese advantage in ball possession seemed all the more logical. But Andriy Shevchenko's wards defended themselves qualitatively, not leaving their opponents free zones, but also showing dedication when necessary. When the opportunity to counterattack came in blue and yellow, they used it by one hundred percent. Yarmolenko, who jumped from behind the defenders' back, responded to Mykolenko's flank pass. 2: 0.

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Such an account prompted the European champions to take even more active action, and they managed to create a few truly goals. Petov had to demonstrate his skill, neutralizing the attempts to distinguish João Mario and Bernard Silva. He was threatening the goal and Cristiano Ronaldo, but his shots went wide. One minute before the break, the Ukrainians had a wonderful moment when the three of them came out against two defenders, but Yarmolenko failed to put a productive point.

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Double punishment for Taras Stepanenko

The pressure of the Portuguese at the beginning of the second half became even stronger. The Ukrainian defense led by Pyatov worked to the full, but it was extremely difficult to contain the opponents' attacks. In some episodes, such as after the blow of Cristiano Ronaldo with a rebound, only Petov's saves allowed him to keep the difference in score.

The siege of the Ukrainian goal continued and eventually led to a blow from Bruma, after which the ball was hit by Stepanenko. The referee awarded the 11-meter and showed Taras a yellow card, which became his second. The penalty was scored by Cristiano Ronaldo. The ending of the match for the national team of Ukraine, which had in the minority to withstand one of the best teams in the world, became a difficult exam, which the blue and yellow stood. The winning score guaranteed them a first place finish in Group B and a Euro 2020 ticket!

Euro 2020. Qualifying Tournament. Group B

Ukraine - Portugal - 2-1 (2-0)

Goals: Yaremchuk (6), Yarmolenko (27) - Cristiano Ronaldo (72, penalties).

Ukraine: Pyatov (k), Mykolenko (Plastun, 90 + 4), Kryvtsov, Matvienko, Karavayev, Stepanenko, Malinovsky, Zinchenko, Yarmolenko, Marlos (Konoplyanka, 63), Yaremchuk (Kovalenko, 73).

Bench: Pankiv, Sobol, Sydorchuk, Shakhov, Buyalskyi, Tsyhankov, Moraes, Bolbat, Lunin.

Trainer: Andriy Shevchenko.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Guerreiro, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Semedu, Danilo, João Mario (Bruma, 68), João Moutinho (Bruno Fernandes, 56), Gedesh (João Felis, 46), Cristiano Ronaldo (k), Bernard Silva.

Bench: Jose Sa, Beta, Fontaine, Andre Silva, Ricardo, Andre Gomes, Ruben Neves, Mario Rui, Pizzi.

Trainer: Fernando Santos.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (England).

Warned: Stepanenko (25), Yarmolenko (47), Zinchenko (90 + 4), Kovalenko (90 + 5) - Pepe (26), Ruben Diash (64).

Sent off: Stepanenko (72).

October 14. Kiev. NSC "Olympic". 65 spectators.

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

Standings

 

 

G

W

D

L

GD

О

1.

Ukraine

7

6

1

0

15—2

19

2.

Portugal

6

3

2

1

14—6

11

3.

Serbia

6

3

1

2

12—13

10

4.

Luxembourg

6

1

1

4

5—11

4

5.

Lithuania

7

0

1

6

5—19

1

14.11.2019

Serbia - Luxembourg

Portugal - Lithuania

17.11.2019

Serbia - Ukraine

Luxembourg - Portugal

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