Scotland boosted their bid for Nations League promotion and gained a measure of revenge over Ukraine with a 3-0 win in Glasgow on Wednesday. Steve Clarke’s side dominated a one-sided clash at Hampden Park but had to wait until the last 20 minutes for their goals as John McGinn’s opener and Lyndon Dykes’ brace sent them top of Group B1. Scotland were beaten 3-1 by Ukraine in an emotionally-charged World Cup play-off at Hampden Park in June. Their failure to qualify for a first World Cup since 1998 still hurts Clarke’s players, so this was a cathartic result, albeit one they would rather have had four months ago.
Ukraine’s hopes of providing a rare moment of levity in their war-torn nation by reaching the World Cup were eventually dashed as they lost to Wales in the play-off final. A shadow of the team that beat Scotland in the playoffs, Ukraine provided little resistance as Scotland made it three wins from their four Nations League matches.The Scots have moved above Ukraine to the top of the group as they chase promotion to League A. Continue reading ” SCOTLAND BEAT RIVALS UKRAINE TO BOOST UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE PUSH”
The Ukrainian Premier League football season is set to begin behind closed doors on August 23, although Sports Minister Vadym Huttsait warned that players and officials must take shelter in the event of air raids during matches. The 2021-2022 campaign was terminated in April, having been unable to resume from its winter break due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February. Following talks between Ukrainian Association of Football President Andriy Pavelko and the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, it was revealed last month that plans were in place for the return of domestic football in August.
Huttsait wrote on Facebook that the 2022-2023 season would begin on August 23, coinciding with Ukraine’s Day of the National Flag. Matches are to be held without spectators with the permission of local military administrations and with a series of security measures in place. These include shelter spaces to be situated close to stadiums, to be used by players, coaches, officials and others permitted to attend matches should air raids disrupt matches. Continue reading ” UKRAINIAN PREMIER LEAGUE TO RETURN ON AUG 23 WITH ADDED SECURITY MEASURES”
Ukraine have a second straight win in their sights ahead of the game against Armenia in the current UEFA Nations League campaign. Hosts Ukraine and Armenia meet at the Stadion Miejski LKS in Lodz, Poland on Saturday afternoon with the same target. The two teams are looking for their second win in Group B1.
Ukraine have a second straight win in their sights ahead of thegame against Armenia in the current UEFA Nations League campaign. Hosts Ukraine and Armenia meet at the StadionMiejski LKS in Lodz, Poland on Saturday afternoon with the same target. The two teams are looking for their second win in Group B1.
Kieran Tierney has delivered a big blow for both Arsenal and Scotland on the injury front after the left-back picked up a knee problem during the recently concluded international break. It has been reported that Tierney will likely miss the rest of the season as he needs surgery to correct the said knee problem thus making him a big doubt for Scotland ahead of their World Cup 2022 playoff tie with Ukraine.
Scotland and Ukraine were drawn together in path A of the World Cup 2022 playoff draw in the European section after the two teams finished second in their respective qualifying group. Scotland finished second behind Denmark in their group, while Ukraine finished second behind world champions France in their own group. Continue reading “TIERNEY DOUBTFUL FOR UKRAINE TIE”
Ukraine national team star Oleksandr Zinchenko was left on the bench for the whole game as his Manchester City side cruised to a 2-0 win over newly prompted club Brentford in a Premier League encounter which took place at the Etihad Stadium earlier this week. Ukraine international Zinchenko is a versatile player who has featured in a number of positions for both club and country. He can play as a left-back, as a left winger or as a midfielder. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has even played the Ukraine international as a false nine.
Zinchenko watched on from the City substitutes’ bench as they beat the Bees with a goal in each half. The Bees were without their best players at the start of the game and they didn’t offer much in the way of attacking threat to the defending champions. Brentford were without star man Ivan Toney for the Manchester City game, while fellow striker Bryan Mbeumo started the game on the bench after overcoming his Covid-19 issues. Toney and Mbeumo are widely seen as the star players in the Brentford team. Continue reading “ZINCHENKO UNUSED AGAISNT THE BEES”
Ukraine have been drawn with Scotland after the draw for the World Cup playoffs in the European region was done on Friday. The Ukrainians secured their place in the playoffs after finishing in second place in Group D behind leaders and defending champions France.
Two-time World Cup winners France had to go through the qualifiers to secure their passage to next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament on Qatari soil and they did just that by winning Group D. They will be able to defend the title they won three years ago in Russia when hostilities begin in Qatar at the end of next year. Continue reading “UKRAINE TO FACE SCOTLAND IN PLAYOFFS”
Ukraine national team talisman Andriy Yarmolenko had to settle for a place on the bench during the London Derby encounter between his West Ham United side and Brentfordin the league at the weekend.
Yarmolenkohas not been named in a Premier League starting XI this season and that trend continued in the latest game at home to Brentford. The Ukraine player was then left on the bench for the whole game asBrentford secured a late win at the expense of the Hammers. As a matter of fact, West Ham United boss David Moyes didn’t make any change throughout the game. Continue reading “YARMOLENKO BENCHED FOR LONDON DERBY”
Premier League champions Manchester City bounced back from their unimpressive defeat at Tottenham Hotspur by humbling newly promoted club Norwich City at home in one of the week two games played on Saturday. Norwich City are back in the top flight after winning the Championship title but they were on the receiving end of a thrashing at the hands of the champions.
Manchester City hit the back of the Norwich City net five times to record their first win of the season at the second time of asking. In their first game of the new Premier League campaign, Manchester City were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur thanks to the second goal from ex-Bayer Leverkusen star Son Heung-Min. He scored with ten second half minutes on the clock off the assist from Dutch international Steven Bergwijn. Ukraine player OleksandrZinchenko was on the Manchester City bench for the whole of the Spurs game. Continue reading “PREMIER LEAGUE: CITY RECORD FIRST WIN”
Ukrainian football received a major lift after a quarterfinal berth was achieved at the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament. The presence of Ukraine in the quarterfinals is a major surprise after their dramatic win over favourites Sweden in their last 16 encounter.
Ukraine is surprisingly in the last eight at Euro 2020 despite sneaking into the knockout stage as one of the best four losers after finishing third in Group C behind Austria and group winners Netherlands, while first timers North Macedonia finished last in the group. As a matter of fact, Ukraine had the worst point tally of all the four teams who qualified for the knockout stage despite finishing in third place at the end of their respective group campaigns. Continue reading “UKRAINE, UNEXPECTED TEAM IN EURO QUARTERS”