Euro 2020. The Ukrainian national team in the status of a participant of the final tournament finished the selection with a draw in Serbia

The National Team of Ukraine conducted its last Euro-2020 qualification match, guaranteeing first place in the group in advance.

However, the result of the match was also of practical importance for the Blue and Yellows, as a win or a draw guaranteed them a seed from the first basket during the draw of the main stage of the European Championship.

The composition in which the wards of Andriy Shevchenko came to the game was somewhat different from the usual one. The midfield was the biggest change, where Stepanenko, Marlos and Zinchenko fell out of the clutch for various reasons, and Konoplyanka's condition allowed him to be only among the substitutes. So for Sidorchuk, Kovalenko, and to some extent also for Tsigankov, the match with Serbia was an opportunity to prove that they deserve more playing time in the country's main team.

The game in Belgrade did not attract much interest from the local public. The stadium bleachers, which accommodate more than 50 spectators, were filled by less than a fifth. The match started with the hosts' attacks, however, they helped open the account. Tadic struck from outside the box, Pyatov controlled the situation, but the ball hit Matvienko's hand. The arbitrator appointed 11-meter, from which Tadic did not err.

Towards the middle of the half, the Ukrainians were able to transfer the game to the goal of the Serbian national team and created some moments. Tsygankov shot well down, but the goalkeeper chose the right position. Yarmolenko, who was closer to the center, had a good chance to stand out, while Yaremchuk, as in matches with Portugal, often shifted to the left: Andriy finished the attack with a second pace, Raikovich was played and could not help his team, but the shot went into the rack.

The advantage of the blue and yellow in those minutes finally came to fruition in Yaremchuk's goal. Roman flawlessly punched his head out of Tsigankov's flank and, with four goals, became the single best scorer in our current national team. Shortly before the break Yaremchuk had another chance, but this time Raykovich in the jump parried his shot from the penalty line.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

At the beginning of the second half, the home team made one of their positional attacks: Mitrovich, who, after Tadich's flank pass, was behind Karavayev's back, outplayed Pyatov with a short-range shot. By yielding to the bill, Ukrainians seized territorial advantage, but could miss more. Again Mitrovic struck the final blow after a Serbian counterattack, but Pyatov prevented him from drawing a double.

87 minutes into the match, Shepelev came on for a chance to level the score, but from a promising position, he shot the ball wide. However, in compensated time, the blue and yellow staged an invasion of the Serb gates and snatched a draw. Another Andrey Shevchenko's wild card, Besedin, scored from Yarmolenko's transfer. 2: 2.

So, the Ukrainian national team is waiting for the draw of the Euro-2020 final, which will take place in Bucharest on November 30.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

Euro 2020. Qualifying Tournament. Group B

Serbia - Ukraine - 2-2 (1-1)

Goals: Tadic (9, penalty), Mitrovich (56) - Yaremchuk (33), Besedin (90 + 3).

Serbia: Raykovich, Rodich, Kolarov (k), Milenkovich, Nick. Maksimovich, Nem. Maksimovich (Milivojevich, 76), Gudel, Radonich (Milinkovich-Savich, 82), Ljajic (Gachinovich, 69), Tadic, Mitrovich.

Bench: Dmitrovich, Rotskov, Miletic, Mladenovich, Spahich, Milunovich, Lukic, Djuricich, Pavlovich.

Trainer: Ljubisa Tumbakovich.

Ukraine: Pyatov (k), Mykolenko, Kryvtsov, Matvienko, Karavayev, Sidorchuk, Malinovsky (Shakhov, 88), Kovalenko (Shepelev, 77), Tsygankov (Besedin, 77), Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.

Bench: Pankov, Sable, Plastun, Shabanov, Konoplyanka, Buyalsky, Bezus, Bolbat, Lunin.

Trainer: Andriy Shevchenko.

Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland).

Warned: Radonich (34), Kolarov (84) - Matvienko (8).

November 17. Belgrade. Raiko Mitic Stadium.

Luxembourg - Portugal - 0-2 (0-1)

Summary table

 

 

G

W

D

L

GD

О

1.

Ukraine

8

6

2

0

17—4

20

2.

Portugal

8

5

2

1

22—6

17

3.

Serbia

8

4

2

2

17—17

14

4.

Luxembourg

8

1

1

6

7—16

4

5.

Lithuania

8

0

1

7

5—25

1

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