"It's a pity that we didn't win, but I think our victories are ahead." The players of the youth national team of Ukraine - about the control matches in Georgia

On November 21, as part of preparations for the Euro-2023 (U-21) final tournament, the youth national team of Ukraine in the city of Gory held a control match with the Georgian team, which ended with a score of 1:1. We will remind that two days before that in Tbilisi, the blue and yellow team played a draw with their peers from Israel (1:1).

After the game with the Georgians, midfielders Ivan Zhelizko from the Latvian "Valmiera" and Oleksiy Kashchuk from the Azerbaijani "Sabah" shared their impressions.

"When I came here, I didn't know almost half of the guys at all. From the first training, Ruslan Rotan showed his style of football, which we have been practicing for more than a year. It was difficult for the new guys at first, but they gradually got used to our game. We showed an extremely good result, because in a few training sessions they adapted to a new style of play. I am pleasantly surprised," noted Ivan Zhelizko.

"As for my goal, it turned out to be a pretty good combination. Happy to score. It is a pity that we did not win, but I believe that our victories are ahead. In general, the meeting went quite well and positively, despite the fact that there was little time and a completely new team. All the guys did their job one hundred percent. Like every football player, I have a dream — to get to the Euro. I will do everything in my power to enter the list," said Oleksiy Kashchuk.

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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