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        Ukraine come from behind against Slovakia

        Ukraine come from behind against Slovakia

        2024/06/21 16:04

        On the verge of potential elimination, Ukraine came from behind in the second-half to defeat Slovakia by two goals to one in Dusseldorf to reignited their UEFA EURO 2024 campaign. 


        SVK XI: Dubravka; Pekarik, Vavro, Skriniar*, Hancko; Kucka, Lobotka; Schranz, Duda, Haraslin; Bozenik

        SVK SUBS: Ravas, Rodak, Obert, Gyomber, De Marco, Kosa, Benes, Rigo, Hrosovsky, Suslov, Bero, Tupta, Duris, Sauer, Strelec

        UKR XI: Trubin; Tymchyk, Zabarnyi, Matvyenko, Zinchenko; Stepanenko, Brazhko; Yarmolenko*, Sudakov, Mudryk; Dovbyk

        UKR SUBS: Bushchan, Lunin, Bondar, Svatok, Talovierov, Mykhaylichenko, Mykolenko, Konoplya, Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Malinovskiy, Zubkov, Vanat, Tsygankov, Yaremchuk

        Action: The game started in a fast fashion, as was to be expected, with Slovakia and Ukraine trading blows but the team in an excellent position in Group E began to take control.

        Then, not too long after the even start, the Slovakians had the lead. Lukas Haraslin continued to torment Ukraine down the left of Slovakia’s attack and stood up a cross to the back post for Ivan Schranz, the match winner against Belgium on Monday, to head past Anatoliy Trubin.

        Slovakia continued to threaten and Oleksandr Tymchyk, who replaced Yukhym Konoplya at right-back, was struggling to deal with Haraslin and Trubin was forced into a couple of saves mid-way through the half.

        Ukraine did, though, begin to grow into the game and they created some openings with Andriy Yarmolenko and Mykhaylo Mudryk being potent but not really clinical. Mudryk, for example, nipped in behind but had his headed effort smothered by

        Martin Dubravka, whilst Yarmolenko opted to try and play intricately into the box rather than shoot from an excellent position. 
        After the break it was certainly the Ukrainians taking the initiative and trying to exploit holes in the fairly open and progressive system implemented by Francesco Calzona of Slovakia.

        Within ten minutes of the interval, Ukraine did eventually find themselves level. A sharp break led by Mykhaylo Mudryk saw the ball rolled into Artem Dovbyk. He laid off for Oleksandr Zinchenko who precisely found Mykola Shaparenko and he slammed home low and hard with his left foot in the centre of the box. 

        Ukraine then began to turn the screw a bit and Slovakia were wobbling and reeling with Calzona’s substitutions having very little affect on stemming the tide.

        One substitution from Ukraine did the trick, though. Goal scorer Shaparenko dinked a ball through to Roman Yaremchuk and the Valencia forward brought the ball down delightfully over his shoulder before then expertly poking past Dubravka to give Ukraine an 80th minute lead.



        Slovakia huffed and puffed for an equaliser but created very little and it was enough for the Ukrainians to hold and blow Group E back wide open.

        Man of the Match: Heorhiy Sudakov. As was the case the other day, the Shakhtar Donetsk starlet was excellent and at the centre of the vast majority of the good things that Ukraine did. 

        Big picture: Slovakia had the chance to book themselves into the Round of 16 this afternoon but will have to wait and face a nervy contest against Romania in their next outing on Wednesday. Ukraine, on the other hand, have brought themselves level onto three points with Slovakia and Romania ahead of Belgium facing the Romanians on Saturday evening. 

        Expected goals: Slovakia (1.24) 1-2 (1.67) Ukraine



        ’18 | Schranz (1-0)


        ’54 | Shaparenko (1-1)
        ’80 | Yaremchuk (1-2)






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        2024-06-21 16h56m by hturnerford
        As a football fan of one of the teams, as a Ukraine supporter, I can't believe we fell behind so early in the game! But our boys showed true resilience and fought back to secure an important victory. Let's keep this momentum going and qualify for EURO 2024!
        2024-06-21 16h41m by sjacksons_9_2_1
        What a comeback by Ukraine! Trailing behind, they showed true determination and grit to turn the game around and secure a crucial victory. This win has reignited our hopes for EURO 2024 and we couldn't be prouder of our boys!
        classic matches
        U Friday, 21 June 2024 - 14:00
        Merkur Spiel-Arena
        Michael Oliver
        Ivan Schranz 17'
        Mykola Shaparenko 54'
        Roman Yaremchuk 80'
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