Volodymyr Pyatenko: "There is still a chance to rise in class, so we will fight to the end"

On December 1 and 5, the women's national team of Ukraine will hold two final matches in the group tournament of the UEFA Nations League debut draw.

The match of the 5th round between Ukraine and Poland will be held on December 1 at the Stal stadium in the Polish city of Stalowa Wola (starting at 19:00 Kyiv time). And the match of the 6th round between Serbia and Ukraine will take place on December 5 in the Serbian town of Stara Pazova at the central stadium of the football base of the national teams (Stadium Sports Center of FA of Serbia). The game starts at 20:00 Kyiv time.

Volodymyr Pyatenko, the acting head coach of the women's national team of Ukraine, in a comment to the official UAF website, spoke about the latest news from the team's location:

— Before going to Ryashev in Poland for the four-day stage of preparation, we gathered in Lviv, where we visited finals of the Cup of Ukraine. The match, in which 12 players of the national team representing "Vorskla" and "Kryvbas" took part, was liked, but it was very important to avoid injuries. Unfortunately, Anna Petryk from "Vorskla" did not escape damage. It's good that it turned out not to be serious, and Poltava went with us to Poland.

— However, personnel changes in the national team after the last matches in the League of Nations with the Greek women did take place...

— The injured Anastasia Voronina from Kolos was replaced by Olga Basanska from Kryvbas, and Maryna Shaynyuk from Vorskla was replaced by Tamila Khimich from Zhytlobud-1. Olga Ovdiychuk from the Turkish "Fomget" was injured already in Ryašev, and Yana Malakhova from the Slovenian FC "Mura Nona" had to be called urgently.

— Is everything going according to plan at the meeting in Ryashev?

"Unfortunately, due to the snowfall, we haven't trained on natural grass yet. We have to limit ourselves to activities in the playpen on an artificial surface.

— What information do you have about Poland?

- They also have personnel losses, but the captain of the national team, Eva Payor, who defends the colors of the German "Wolfsburg", is in the lineup. It was she who scored a double in the first match with our team, and a lot will depend on whether she will be lucky enough to neutralize her.

The mood of my wards is fighting, there is still a chance to improve in the class, so we will fight to the end.

The squad of the national women's team of Ukraine

Goalkeepers: Kateryna Samson ("Vorskla" Poltava), Daria Kelyushik ("Kryvbas" Kryvyi Rih), Kateryna Boklach ("Marseille", France).

Defenders: Kateryna Korsun, Yana Kotyk, Iryna Podolska (all "Vorskla" Poltava), Olga Basanska ("Kryvbas" Kryvyi Rih), Lyubov Shmatko ("Galatasaray", Turkey), Yana Derkach ("Fomget", Turkey).

Midfielders: Iryna Maiborodina, Nadiya Kunina (both from "Colossus" Kovalivka), Anna Petryk, Nikol Kozlova, Veronika Andruhiv (all from "Vorskla" Poltava), Victoria Giryn ("Ladomyr" Volodymyr), Dayana Semkiv ("Kryvbas" Kryvyi Rih), Tamila Khimich, Natia Pantsulaya, Darya Apanashchenko (all from "Zhytlobud-1" Kharkiv), Yana Malakhova ("Mura Nona", Slovenia).

Forwards: Yana Kalinin, Roksolana Kravchuk (both from Vorskla Poltava), Inna Glushchenko (Nice, France).

Women's League of Nations-2023/2024. Group B3

1 round

22.09.2023

Ukraine - Serbia - 1: 2 

Greece — Poland — 1:3

2 round

26.09.2023

Poland - Ukraine - 2: 1

Serbia - Greece - 4:0

3 round

27.10.2023

Greece - Ukraine - 2: 1

Poland — Serbia — 2:1

4 round

31.10.2023

Ukraine - Greece - 1: 0

Serbia — Poland — 1:1

Standings

 

 Structure

G

W

D

L

GD

P

1

 Poland

4

3

1

0

8-4

10

2

 Serbia

4

2

1

1

8-4

7

3

 Ukraine

4

1

0

3

4-6

3

4

 Greece

4

1

0

3

3-9

3

5 round

01.12.2023

Ukraine - Poland

Greece - Serbia

6 round

05.12.2023

Serbia - Ukraine

Poland — Greece

Women's League of Nations 2023/2024 draw results

League A

Group A1: England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland.

Group A2: France, Norway, Austria, Portugal.

Group A3: Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Wales.

Group A4: Sweden, Spain, Italy, Switzerland.

League B.

Group B1: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Albania.

Group B2: Finland, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia.

Group B3: Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Greece.

Group B4: Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus.

League C.

Group C1: Malta, Moldova, Latvia, Andorra.

Group C2: Turkey, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Georgia.

Group C3: Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Cyprus, Faroe Islands.

Group C4: Israel, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Armenia.

Group C5: North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria.

How will the group matches be played?

All matches in the group stage will be played according to the usual format - home and away against each opponent in the group. Three points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss.

Who is leaving? Who will play in the head-to-head matches?

League A

The top two teams in each group remain in League A for the 2025 Women's UEFA European Qualifiers.

The four third-placed teams play head-to-head matches against the second-placed national teams in League B groups. The winner of each tie will play in League A for European qualification; the losing teams will play in League B.

Fourth-placed teams are relegated to League B.

League B

The four group winners advance to League A.

The four second-placed teams play in tie-breaks against the third-placed national teams in League A. The winners will play in League A; the losing teams will play in League B.

The three best third-placed teams play head-to-head matches against the three best second-placed teams in League C. The winners play in League B within the European qualifiers; the losing teams will play in League C.

The lowest-ranked third-placed team and the four fourth-placed teams advance to League C.

League C

The five group winners advance to League B.

The three best second-placed teams play head-to-head matches with the three best third-placed teams in League B. The winners play in League B within the European qualifiers; the losing teams will play in League C.

Other teams remain in League C.

Class promotion/relegation matches

Pairs are formed by drawing lots, matches are played at home and away. The teams that took the third places in their groups are considered seeded and the return matches are held at home.

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