Volodymyr Yezerskyi: "I believe that the national team of Ukraine performed decently and deserves to be in the elite round"

The youth national team of Ukraine (football players not older than 2007) in the qualification for Euro-2024 (U-17) finished third in her group and has a chance to make it to the elite selection round. The fate of the blue-yellows will be determined in November, when the mini-tournaments in the other quartets are completed. Among the third teams, the five best out of 13 will go on, and with one golden point and a goal difference of 2-3, our boys can claim one of the tickets. 

After the qualifying round of Euro-2024 (U-17), the head coach of the youth national team of Ukraine, Volodymyr Yezersky, summed up his team's performance.

— We were preparing for the qualifying round of the European Championship in an unusual situation, — said Volodymyr Ivanovych. — For various reasons, it was difficult to follow our football players who play in Europe. In addition, the championship of DUFLOU, which was restored after a year and a half, we are used to seeing in a different way.

As for our expectations before the tournament, they were confirmed. In my opinion, the Finnish national team showed itself from the best side. I will say more: in terms of team play, they were even better than the German team. We drew with the Finns, then confidently beat Liechtenstein. Everything was decided in the game against the same Germany, for which it was also a key match. In this game, in which we minimally conceded, many of our boys lacked international experience. And the psychological state of our team was not at the level expected by the coaching staff. However, it was a very useful match as we saw how the players work under pressure.

There were performers who pleased, and there were also those from whom more was expected. But in general, during this short period that we were together, I believe that the national team of Ukraine performed decently, despite what is happening in our country. I am also grateful to my coaching staff and administrative staff, everyone worked at their best.

Now it remains to wait and hope that our third place in the quartet will allow the Ukrainian national team to qualify for the elite round. I am sure that this team deserves to be there.

Euro 2024 (U-17). Qualifying round. Group 3

15.10.2023

Finland — Ukraine - 2: 2

Germany - Liechtenstein - 6:0

18.10.2023

Ukraine — Liechtenstein — 7:0

Germany — Finland — 1:1 

21.10.2023

Ukraine - Germany - 0: 1 

Liechtenstein - Finland - 0:3

Standings

 

 Structure

G

W

D

L

GD

P

1

Germany

3

2

1

0

8-1

7

2

Finland

3

1

2

0

6-3

5

3

Ukraine

3

1

1

1

9-3

4

4

Liechtenstein

3

0

0

3

0-16

0

Group 1: Denmark, Austria, Georgia*, Lithuania.

Group 2: Sweden, Poland, Latvia, Moldova*.

Group 3: Germany, Ukraine, Finland, Liechtenstein*.

Group 4: Serbia*, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan.

Group 5: Portugal*, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Albania.

Group 6: France, Norway, Romania*, Estonia.

Group 7: Turkey*, Scotland, Belarus, Kazakhstan.

Group 8: Spain, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Malta*.

Group 9: England, Croatia*, Kosovo, Faroe Islands.

Group 10: Ireland*, Switzerland, Iceland, Armenia.

Group 11: Italy*, Greece, Northern Ireland, San Marino.

Group 12: Belgium, Israel*, Wales, Gibraltar.

Group 13: Hungary*, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Andorra.

* - hosts of mini-tournaments.

The winners of the first two places in the selection groups and the five best third national teams based on the results of the matches with the first and second teams of the group will advance to the elite round, where the Netherlands national team is already waiting for them.

Matches of this stage will be held in eight groups in March 2024. They will determine the 15 national teams that will join Cyprus in the final tournament, which will run from May 20 to June 5.

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