Volodymyr Pyatenko: "We will try to eliminate the advantage of Bulgarian women in game practice"

On February 23 and 27, the women's national team of Ukraine will play head-to-head matches with Bulgaria for the right to play in the B division of the League of Nations.

The head coach of the women's national team of Ukraine, Volodymyr Pyatenko, commented on the official UAF website about the latest news from the team's camp:

— For the fourth day already, we are at a meeting near the Turkish city of Antalya, where we have the opportunity to train on a field with a grass lawn. But they gathered in full only on February 19, because they expected the arrival of Inna Glushchenko and Kateryna Boklach. They were involved in their clubs in the French championship.

— It seems that the visa from Bulgaria will have some advantage in game practice...

- So. Since the second part of the championship in Ukraine will start only at the end of March, the Bulgarian women who play in their homeland will have time to play one official match each, and the legionnaires will have much more.

In our country, besides Glushchenko and Boklach, Olga Ovdiychuk, Yana Derkach and Lyubov Shmatko, who perform in Turkey, can still boast of playing practice. We will try to level this advantage of the Bulgarian women in game practice with the help of perfect physical training.

— Were all the strongest included in the sports delegation that went to the matches with Bulgaria?

— Unfortunately, due to injuries received in the control matches, we will not be able to count on Yana Kalinin, Nadiya Kunina, Victoria Girin. They were replaced by Yana Malakhova, Elizaveta Molodyuk and Anastasia Voronina.

— What can you say about the Bulgarian national team?

— The backbone of this national team is made up of female legionnaires, most of whom play in Switzerland, Austria, and Romania. Mostly the Bulgarians act as the second number, trying to find Simona Petkova from the Swiss "Arau" at the point of the attack with long passes. We had the opportunity to study the game of the Bulgarian team in detail, and now the main thing is to show our best qualities on the football field.

— How do you plan to get to the place of the first match?

— First, we will fly to Istanbul, from where we will travel 380 kilometers by bus to the Bulgarian city of Kirzhali. And on February 24, we will return to Antalya by the same route, where the return match will take place.

We will remind you that the game between Bulgaria and Ukraine will kick-off February 23 in the Bulgarian town of Kirzhali at the central stadium "Arda-Arena". The meeting starts at 16:00 Kyiv time.

The return match between Ukraine and Bulgaria will be played on February 27. Nominally a blue-yellow home game will hold at the "Mardan" stadium in the city of Antalya (Turkey). The start of this match is at 15:00 Kyiv time.

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), Anastasia Voronina ("Kolos" Kovalivka), Olga Basanska ("Zhytlobud-1" Kharkiv), Lyubov Shmatko ("Galatasaray", Turkey), Yana Derkach ( "Fomget", Turkey).

Midfielders: Iryna Maiborodina ("Kolos" Kovalivka), Anna Petryk, Nicole Kozlova, Veronika Andruhiv (all "Vorskla" Poltava), Elizaveta Molodiuk ("Shakhtar" Donetsk), Dayana Semkiv ("Kryvbas" Kryvyi Rih), Tamila Khimich, Natia Pantsulaya , Daria Apanashchenko (all from "Zhytlobud-1" Kharkiv), Yana Malakhova ("Mura Nona", Slovenia).

Forwards: Roksolana Kravchuk ("Vorskla" Poltava), Olga Ovdiychuk ("Fomget", Turkey), Inna Glushchenko ("Nice", France).

Women's League of Nations-2023/2024

League A. Final tournament

23.02.2024

1/2

Spain — Netherlands

France — Germany

28.02.2023

Final/match for 3rd place

Spain/Netherlands — France/Germany

Head-to-head matches for a place in League A

Serbia - Iceland

Hungary — Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina — Sweden

Croatia — Norway

Head-to-head matches for a place in League B

Latvia — Slovakia

Montenegro - Northern Ireland

Bulgaria - Ukraine

We will remind, the national team of Ukraine took it third place in the group and managed to overtake Slovenia in the ranking of third teams, thus avoiding relegation to League C.

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

5 round

01.12.2023

Ukraine - Poland - 0: 1

Greece - Serbia - 0:2

6 round

05.12.2023

Serbia - Ukraine - 0: 1

Poland — Greece — 2:0

Standings

 

 Team

G

W

D

L

GD

P

1

 Poland

6

5

1

0

11-4

16

2

 Serbia

6

3

1

2

10-5

10

3

 Ukraine

6

2

0

4

5-7

6

4

 Greece

6

1

0

5

3-13

3

 

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