The national team of Ukraine on empty “Arena-Lviv” will play the second match of the group stage of the League of Nations the League.
The main team of the country was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the game in the away match against Czech Republic, though the strong-willed win was secured in stoppage time after a blunder defence of the hosts. Given the transience of the group round (and would have only played four games), “blue-yellow” has made a big step towards the playoffs, and in the case of success in today’s match, the team of Andriy Shevchenko 60-70% will provide the way out of the group.
In the home match against a strong Slovakia team will try to rewrite the history of their performances under the current coach. Shevchenko had never scored two victories in paired matches. Perhaps the most revealing moment happened in September last year, when Ukraine is in a gorgeous style in Kharkiv beat Turkey (2:0), but then failed away match against Iceland (0:2), which would virtually guarantee them a place in the world Cup.
In training before the Slovakia Shevchenko in the starting lineup in the centre of defence instead Kryvtsov played Dynamo Swill, it is possible that the basis will come out and Tsygankov, and Yarmolenko will be the main Joker of the team from the bench.
Slovakia in many respects looks stronger than Czech team of Jan Kozak, led by the famous midfielder “Napoli” Marek Hansika, through teamwork, a quality defense and quick counter attacks can create problems for many top teams of Europe. Almost all players of the Slovaks from the starting clips are the leading Championships of continent, and the promising youth keep in shape experienced Hamsik, Skrtel and Kucka.
Ukraine: Pyatov – Karavaev, Burda, Rakitskiy, Matvienko – Stepanenko, Malinovskiy – Tsygankov, Marlos, Linnet – Yaremchuk
Slovakia: Dubravka – Pekarík, Skrtel, Skrinar, Gubochan – Kucka Lobotka, Hamsik, Rusnak, Mac – German
Stream: TRK “Ukraine” and “Football 1” at 16:00
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