Euro 2020. Eight Steps of Ukraine to the final tournament: Once again, Luxembourg's Hard Exam

In the fourth match of the European Championship qualifying tournament 2020, which has already been officially postponed to 2021, the Ukrainian national team in Lviv, with the help of Roman Yaremchuk's quick goal, got a minimal win over Luxembourg.

Considering how difficult it was for the blue-yellow to play the first match with Luxembourg, in March, it is not surprising that they tried not to repeat the mistakes and to ensure a favorable outcome as soon as possible. And the initial invasion of the hosts brought them success. After the corner, Malinowski made a perfect pass to the goal line, and Yaremchuk, having won the fight in the air, opened the score with a header.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

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.

Ukraine - 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. Substitutions: Pankov, Lunin, Shepelev, Burda, Shaparenko, A. Kravets, Marlos, Bezus, Plastun, Sweden.

Luxembourg: Morris, Chano, Gerson, K. Martins, Da Mota (Bensey, 52), W. Thill, O. Thill (Thurpel, 77), Barreiro Martins, Rodriguez, Jans (k), Martens. Substitutions: Sean, Kips, Makhmutovich, Malzhe, Selimovich, K. Holtz, Sinani, Janisz, Skenderovic.

Referee: Peter Kralovic (Slovakia).

Booked: Mykolenko (56), Karavaev (67), Zinchenko (81) - O. Till (29), Da Mota (31), Rodriguez (51), V. Till (90 + 4).

June 10, 2019. Lviv. Arena Lviv Stadium. 34 spectators.

After the match

Andrii Shevchenko (head coach of the national team of Ukraine): "The boys were in good condition. Yes, I understood that someone would get tired, and we tried to make replacements. There were problems on the right flank, Karavaev was tired, but Butko took off, so it would be a mistake to break the structure of the game and introduce a new performer.

First of all, it was the second game of two doubles, and it is always difficult. It was the last time we played with Portugal before Luxembourg. But the most important thing is the result, the victory we have gained. ”

Roman Yaremchuk (forward of the national team of Ukraine): "Of course, it is very enjoyable to score, and it is even more enjoyable to do it in my native Lviv. I'm very happy to win, although unlike the previous game with Serbia, our performance left much to be desired.

We were hoping for a quick goal. We knew that the Luxembourg play not very often to such a large audience. Raising the pace, it was necessary to try to use this factor in the debut. It happened. The only bad thing is that, after opening the score, we did not realize two more goals. ”

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