Women's EURO 2022: Ukraine win over Montenegro and retain chances to advance

In their first match after the resumption of the qualifying tournament, Nataliya Zinchenko's wards earned the first points to the table.

Due to a break caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the women's national team of Ukraine did not play matches for almost a year. After three defeats at the start of the competition, the blue and yellows needed to win the remaining matches, still having a chance to qualify for the final tournament.  

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The first step towards solving this task was taken by the Ukrainians in Podgorica, in a game with an opponent who, like them, approached this meeting with zero points. The guests had a game advantage and began to disturb the goalkeeper of the hosts from the first minutes. Obradovic coped with Apanashchenko's shot, and Ovdiichuk did not hit the target. But in the middle of the first half, another attempt by Apanashchenko was successful, and Ukraine took the lead.

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Having missed, the Montenegrins became more active and also struck several blows, but there were no real threats. In the second half, Kunina, who had just come on as a substitute, consolidated the advantage of the blue-and-yellows from Apanashchenko's pass. The Montenegrins reduced the gap in the score, but then after the shot Petryk Bulatovych cut the ball into his own net. 1: 3. The result could be even more convincing, as Apanashchenko and Kunina hit the frame of the goal.

Women's EURO 2022. Qualifying. Group I

18.09.2020

Montenegro - Ukraine - 1: 3 (0: 1)

Goals: Desic (63) - Apanashchenko (23), Kunina (60), Bulatovich (66, own goal).

Montenegro: Obradovic, Popovic, Sharanovic, Djurkovic, Bulatovic (k), Djokovic (Radunovic, 90 + 2), Desic, Toskovic, Kuc (Nedic, 86), Karlicic (Becic, 90 + 5), Bozic.

Ukraine: Samson, Pantsulaya (Petryk, 46), Podolska, Shmatko, Basanska, Andrushchak, Apanashchenko (k), Khimich, Andrukhiv (Kunina, 58), Ovdiychuk, Kozlova (Kalinina, 81).

Referee: V. Raudzina (Latvia).

Booked: Sharanovich (37), Bulatovich (89) - Pantsulaya (6), Kozlova (71).

September 18. Podgorica. DG Arena Stadium.

Group I standings

 

 

 І

 В

 Н

 П

 М

 О

 1

 Ireland

 5

 4

 1

 0

 10-3

 13

 2

 Germany

 4

 4

 0

 0

 31-0

 12

 3

 Greece

 4

 1

 1

 2

 5-7

 4

 4

 Ukraine

 4

 1

 0

 3

 5-20

 3

 5

 Montenegro

 5

 0

 0

 5

 1-22

 0

Matches remaining in the Euro-2022 qualification in Group I.

19.09.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX Germany - Ireland

22.09.2020         Ukraine - Greece

22.09.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX Montenegro - Germany

22.10.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX Greece - Montenegro

23.10.2020         Ukraine - Ireland

27.10.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX Greece - Ukraine

28.11.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX Germany - Greece

01.12.2020         Ukraine - Montenegro

01.12.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX Ireland - Germany

Of the 47 teams participating in the Euro qualifiers, 15 will reach the decisive stage. Nine winners of the selected groups and the top three second teams will join England as the host of the European Championship. Six more teams, which will be second in their groups, will play in the last three matches in head-to-head matches. These matches will take place on April 5-13, 2021.

It will be recalled that on April 23, the UEFA Executive Committee decided on postponement of the final part of the European Championship among the national women's national teams. Thus, the Euro in England will be held from 6 to 31 July 2022.

The change of the dates of the tournament is connected with the postponement of the European Men's Championship and the Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic from 2020 to 2021. Due to this, the dates of the tournaments will not coincide.

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