U-21: today the youth national team of Ukraine will play a friendly match against Georgia (live - from 16.00:XNUMX on the UAF YouTube channel)

Today, November 21, the youth national team of Ukraine is in Georgia will hold a control match against local peers. The live broadcast will take place on YouTube channel of the Ukrainian Association of Football.

We will remind you that on Saturday, November 19, the youth national team of Ukraine held the first of two control matches scheduled for the current meeting in Tbilisi, drawing with Israel — 1:1. 

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And already today, November 21, at the Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium in Gori, 60 km from the Georgian capital, the blue and yellow team will play a sparring match with the youth team of Georgia. It starts at 18.00:16.00 local time (2023:21 Kyiv time). It should be noted that our opponent is also a participant of Euro-XNUMX (U-XNUMX) - in the role of the host.

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On the eve of the sparring match with Georgia, the head coach of the youth national team of Ukraine Ruslan Rotan noted:

"I didn't even expect that the guys would pick up our ideas in almost two training sessions. The first half with Israel was at a fairly high level. There was an understanding of the game and motivation. We had a territorial advantage, we were winning and we could have scored more. I am satisfied with the first half. In the second, we should have been more active, but there are objective and subjective factors. However, in principle, I am satisfied with the game.

In the situation with the red card, I primarily supported the player. She is really deserved, but this is a young guy who first arrived at the national team. A little burnt out, there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you have to go through this too. You should not dwell on it. If it was not a disciplinary violation, the bells would have been rung and some sanctions would have been applied. And so — a game moment that will become a lesson for him.

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On the eve of the match with Georgia, we have a difficult situation. Some performers will have to play in two matches in two days. Therefore, to strengthen the team, we summoned several football players. I understand that it is difficult for boys. Practically we had only one training session. But you should leave this situation with your head held high. I am sure that the guys will understand our requirements and will do their best. We want to show, I emphasize, a meaningful game. This is exactly what we will focus on in friendly matches.

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We live in the same hotel as the Georgian national team. I saw George Tsitaishvili. This is a good team, everyone knows that Georgians are very technical performers, individually trained. It will not be easy for us tomorrow, especially since Georgia has strengthened itself with several players of the national team. But I told the boys that this should set them up even more, because we will be playing against a strong opponent. We need a game, we need to move forward."

As we have already reported, there are personnel changes in the youth national team of Ukraine before the match with Georgia.

Mykola Kuharevich arrived from the Scottish "Hibernian" with an injury. If he did not play on Saturday, he will not help the team in the second match either.

"Ingulets" midfielder Danylo Kravchuk was injured already during the training session, and "Rukh" defender Vitaly Roman suffered a nose injury in the first half of the match against the Israelis. The examination, fortunately, did not reveal a fracture, but a serious hematoma will prevent the football player from taking part in the second meeting.

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We should also add that by agreement with the clubs, the defender of the Czech "Slovan" Maksym Talovyerov and the midfielder of "Chornomorets" Maksym Bragaru left the team's camp.

Considering all the circumstances, the head coach of the youth national team, Ruslan Rotan, called up two players - Shakhtar's midfielder Kyryl Sigheev and Oboloni's forward Ihor Krasnopir.

The composition of the youth national team of Ukraine before the match with Georgia

Goalkeepers: Yakov Kinareykin (Dnipro-1), Denys Tvardovskyi (Shakhtar), Kiril Fesyun (Kolos).

Defenders: Rostyslav Lyakh, Denys Slyusar (both "Rukh"), Maryan Farina ("Shakhtar"), Denys Kuzyk ("Colossus"), Roman Yakuba ("Valmiera, Latvia").

Midfielders: Ivan Zhelizko (Valmiera, Latvia), Oleksiy Kashchuk (Sabah, Azerbaijan), Maxim Kucheryavy (St. Johnstone, Scotland), Marko Sapuga (Rukh), Denis Bunchukov (Seren, Belgium), Artem Kulakovsky ("Vorskla"), Mykola Mykhaylenko ("Zorya"), Kyrylo Sigheev ("Shakhtar").

Forwards: Danylo Honcharuk (Lleida, Spain), Ihor Krasnopir (Obolon). 

Let's add that according to the results of the Euro-2023 (U-21) draw, which had happened On October 18, Ukraine got into group B, where they face Romania, Spain and Croatia. Our team will begin its journey with a match against Croatia, which takes place on June 21 next year in Bucharest, Romania.

Euro-2023 (U-21). Calendar

Group Round

Group A: Georgia, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands.

21.06.2023

Georgia — Portugal 19.00 (Tbilisi)

Belgium — Netherlands 19.00 (Tbilisi)

24.06.2023

Georgia — Belgium 19.00 (Tbilisi)

Portugal — Netherlands 19.00 (Tbilisi)

27.06.2023

Netherlands — Georgia 19.00 (Tbilisi)

Portugal — Belgium 19.00 (Tbilisi)

Group B: Romania, Spain, Ukraine, Croatia.

21.06.2023

Ukraine — Croatia 19.00 (Bucharest)

Romania — Spain 21.45 (Bucharest)

24.06.2023

Romania - Ukraine 19.00 (Bucharest)

Spain — Croatia 21.45 (Bucharest)

27.06.2023

Croatia — Romania 21.45 (Bucharest)

Spain - Ukraine 21.45 (Bucharest)

Group C: Czech Republic, England, Germany, Israel.

22.06.2023

Czech Republic — England 19.00 (Batumi)

Germany - Israel 19.00 (Kutaisi)

25.06.2023

Czech Republic — Germany 19.00 (Batumi)

England — Israel 19.00 (Kutaisi)

28.06.2023

England — Germany 19.00 (Batumi)

Israel — Czech Republic 19.00 (Kutaisi)

Group D: Norway, Switzerland, France, Italy.

22.06.2023

Norway — Switzerland 19.00 (Cluj-Napoca)

France — Italy 21.45 (Cluj-Napoca)

25.06.2023

Switzerland — Italy 19.00 (Cluj-Napoca)

Norway — France 21.45 (Cluj-Napoca)

28.06.2023

Switzerland — France 21.45 (Cluj-Napoca)

Italy — Norway 21.45 (Cluj-Napoca)

Quarterfinals

01.07.2023

A1 — C2 19.00

B1 — D2 22.00

02.07.2023

C1 — A2 19.00

D1 — B2 22.00

Semifinals

05.07.2023

Winner of quarter-final 1 - winner of quarter-final 3 19.00

Winner of quarter-final 2 - winner of quarter-final 4 22.00

Final

08.07.2023

Winner of semi-final 1 - winner of semi-final 2 19.00

The match start time for Kiev is specified.

Four stadiums in Romania (two in Cluj-Napoca and two in Bucharest) and four in Georgia (in Batumi, Kutaisi and two in Tbilisi) will host the matches of the tournament with the participation of 16 national teams. The opening match will take place in Romania, and the final - in Georgia.

The three best teams of Euro 2023 (except France and England) will receive tickets to the 2024 Olympic Games.

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