"Our goal is to take advantage of the weaknesses in the opponent's game": players of the women's national team of Ukraine - about the World Cup 2023 selection match with Spain

Football players of the national women's team of Ukraine, Yana Kalinin and Natia Pantsulaya, gave pre-match comments on the eve of the final game of the 2023 World Cup selection, away from Spain.

The women's national team of Ukraine will play against the Spanish team today, September 6. The game with the Pyrenees will be held in Madrid on the field of Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas - the Center of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (starting at 22.00 Kyiv time).

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Yana Kalinin: "The team is in good shape for the match against Spain. We prepared well for this meeting, and the victory over the Faroes added to the mood. We have to show a good game.

The national team of Ukraine has always been famous for its character and team actions. We won a lot of matches because of it. We will fight and, I think, we will be able to show good football. We will see what the result will be later.

We had a good qualification. But it is unfortunate that we are not satisfied with the current situation in the table. Everything was decided by a failure in the home match with Scotland. I believe that in future selection cycles we will show a better result."

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Natia Pantsulaya: "The national team of Ukraine approaches the match with Spain with full responsibility. This is a very important match and it doesn't matter where we are in our group. It is necessary to hold this meeting as well as possible.

The Spaniards have updated their squad, but it is unlikely that this will greatly affect their game. They have a very high level of football. But we are working and ready for this match.

Every team has some weaknesses. Spain is no exception. Our goal is to use them."

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It should be noted that the Royal Spanish Football Federation will hold a social event in support of Ukraine during the match between Spain and Ukraine.

At the beginning of the war, the Spanish government, through the Ministry of Integration and Social Security, initiated a program to help and care for refugees who arrived as a result of hostilities in Ukraine.

Thanks to this promotion, some of these people will be able to support our national team.

There will be about a hundred Ukrainians at the match. In addition, Ukrainian children will be present at the game to accompany the players at the beginning of the match.

The squad of the women's national team of Ukraine

Goalkeepers: Kateryna Samson, Daryna Bondarchuk (both - Vorskla-Kharkiv-2), Iryna Sanina (Kolos, Kovalivka).

Defenders: Lyubov Shmatko (Fomget, Turkey), Anna Petryk (Breidablik, Iceland), Olga Basanska (Khayasa, Armenia), Kateryna Korsun, Iryna Podolska (both - Vorskla-Kharkiv-2), Darya Kravets (Como, Italy), Tetyana Romanenko (Saint-Etienne, France).

Midfielders: Yuliya Shevchuk, Darya Apanashchenko (both - Fomget, Turkey), Tetyana Kytayeva (Skra, Poland), Natia Pantsulaya (Vorskla-Kharkiv-2), Tamila Khimich (ETO, Hungary), Viktoriya Hiryn (Ladomyr Volodymyr Volynskyi), Nicole Kozlova (Koge, Denmark), Yana Malakhova (Pradejon, Spain).

Forwards: Nadiya Kunina (Austria Wien, Austria), Inna Hlushchenko (Reims, France), Olga Ovdiychuk (Fomget, Turkey), Roksolana Kravchuk, Yana Kalinina (both from Vorskla-Kharkiv-2).

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2023 Women's World Cup. Qualifying tournament

European area. Group B

16.09.2021/0/10 Faroe Islands - Spain - XNUMX:XNUMX

17.09.2021/0/2 Hungary - Scotland - XNUMX: XNUMX

21.09.2021/7/1 Scotland - Faroe Islands - XNUMX: XNUMX

21.09.2021/0/7 Hungary - Spain - XNUMX: XNUMX

21.10.2021. Ukraine - Faroe Islands - 4: 0

22.10.2021/2/1 Scotland - Hungary - XNUMX: XNUMX

26.10.2021. Ukraine - Spain - 0: 6

26.10.2021/1/7 Faroe Islands - Hungary - XNUMX: XNUMX

25.11.2021/12/0 Spain - Faroe Islands - XNUMX: XNUMX

26.11.2021 Scotland - Ukraine - 1: 1

30.11.2021/XNUMX/XNUMX Hungary - Ukraine - 4: 2

30.11.2021/8/0 Spain - Scotland - XNUMX: XNUMX

08.04.2022/7/0 Hungary - Faroe Islands - XNUMX: XNUMX

12.04.2022/0/2 Scotland - Spain - XNUMX: XNUMX

24.06.2022. Ukraine - Scotland - 0: 4

28.06.2022. Ukraine - Hungary - 2: 0

02.09.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX Faroe Islands - Ukraine - 0: 3

02.09.2022/3/0. Spain — Hungary — XNUMX:XNUMX









1. Spain







2. Scotland







3. Ukraine







4. Hungary







5. Faroe Islands







06.09.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX Spain - Ukraine

06.09.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX Faroe Islands - Scotland

Playoffs: October 3-11, 2022.

Intercontinental playoffs: November 7-15, 2022, February 13-25, 2023, and April 3-11, 2023.

Final tournament (Australia, New Zealand): July 10 - August 20, 2023.

Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament. European area

Group Round

Europe has 2023 direct tickets to the 11 World Cup, another team will take part in the intercontinental playoffs. 

Nine group winners will go directly to the 2023 World Cup. The second teams of the groups will continue to fight in the next stage.

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The nine teams that take second place in the groups will advance to the playoffs, which will consist of two stages.

The top three among the second teams will have the opportunity to play directly in the second stage of the playoffs. The remaining six participants will compete for three passes in single-match confrontations in the first stage. The three winners of the first round and the three teams that advanced directly to the second stage will determine the three winners of the UEFA playoffs in one-match duels.

The two winners of the second-ranked UEFA playoffs (criteria applied to the results of the group stage plus the playoffs of the second round) will receive two automatic places at the 2023 World Cup, while the third winner will continue his journey in the intercontinental playoffs.

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