Nations League The Ukrainians won 2-1
Ukraine defeated Switzerland on Thursday in the first day of the Nations League by 2-1 andIn a game in which the locals had more goal than game, while the Helvists lacked bite in attack.
Switzerland put control of the ball and high pressure, but the Ukrainians were much more effective in the face of the opposing goalkeeper, especially Zinchenko, who scored the goal of the night. Both teams, who qualified for the Euro 2021They played an open game, but in which the lack of filming of some players was noticed.
The Ukrainian coach, Andri Shevchenko, bet from the beginning on a forward integrated by Yarmolenko on the left, Konoplyanka on the right and the nationalized Brazilian Junior Moraes as the most advanced player.
Meanwhile, Switzerland bet on Seferovic as a center forward with two bullets, Embolo and Vargas, on the wings. The Swiss team came out much more involved in the game and their pressure at the exit of the ball allowed them to control the game and the ball for the first few minutes.
But it was the Ukrainians who came closest to scoring. Malinovski, Atalanta player, received in three quarters and took a magnificent shot with the left from the hat in the ten minute which was spat out by the crosshead.
Ace, the locals went ahead on the scoreboard. A superb deep pass left Tymchik alone against Sommer, who could not stop the focused shot from the side. The rebound was used by Yarmolenko to inaugurate the spur marking. (min.14). Midway through the first half, Vladmir Petkovic’s disciples regained the initiative, although it was difficult for them to create scoring chances.
Nevertheless, the visitors managed to tie at the edge of the break through Seferovic, who beat the veteran Pyatov with a magnificent low shot from outside the area (min.41).
In the second half the Swiss also came out with the lines well ahead and forced the Ukrainians to play very close to their goalkeeper. Vargas had an unbeatable opportunity to put his team ahead with a header after an excellent cross from Steffen that hit the left post defended by Pyatov.
Shevchenko understood that his team lacked spark in attack and replaced his inoperative Konoplyanka with another forward, Yaremchuk. Within minutes, after several promising forays, A team play ended the ball at Zinchenko’s feet, who did not think about it and shot first, putting the ball out of Sommer’s reach. A real goal.
The Swiss did not lose face to the game at any time and tried to draw until the last moment, but they created little danger, with the exception of a shot from Steffen that scraped the left post of the local goalkeeper. After this victory, the Ukrainians will travel to Madrid to face Spain, which tied today at home against Germany.
2 – Ukraine: Pyatov; Tymchik, Krivtsov, Matviyenko, Mikhaylichenko; Stepanenko, Malinovkyi; Konoplyanka (Yaremchuk, min.41), Zinchenko, Yarmlenko; and Moraes.
1 – Switzerland: Sommer; Zuber (Steffen, min.46), Rodriguez, Akanji, Elvedi, Mbabu; Xhaka, Sow (Aebischer, min.82), Vargas (Ajeti, min.73), Embolo; and Seferovic.
Goals: 1-0, min. 14: Yarmolenko. 1-1, min. 41: Yaremchuk. 2-1, min. 68: Zinchenko.
referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE). Amonest Elvedi, Steffen and Tymchik.
Incidents: match corresponding to the first day of the League of Nations played at the Arena Lviv without spectators. The game started with a minute of silence for the death of the Ukrainian national team doctor, Antn Khudaev, due to the coronavirus.