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Ukraine secured a post for Euro 2020

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16 Oct 2019
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Ukraine had a high-class performance against Portugal. Andrey Shevchenko’s team advanced to Euro 2020 and outworked current Euro champions in the group.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo was very close to 700 goals three days ago. Portugal forward scored only one goal and reached 699 threshold. The legendary player had a chance to score a historic goal in Ukraine.

At the same time, Ukrainian players had a chance to win the match and advance for Euro 2020. Ukrainians are performing high-class football during the group stage. Ukraine demolished the primary opponent, Serbia, in a five goals thriller. Ukrainians scored five goals against Serbia and conceded zero.

1st half of the match

Fernando Santos is not a fan of changes in the starting lineup. That’s why the Portuguese coach decided to rely on Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva from the start. Portugal’s coach added Guedes in attack and hoped for good results.

At the same time, Andrey Shevchenko became a world-class coach in the last few months. We saw a fantastic improvement in Ukraine, and now the team is advanced to Euro 2020.

 

1st half was very unusual. Ukrainian players could score in every possible moment, and Portugal failed in every moment.

Portugal started the match with sharp attacks. The first five minutes were absolutely in favor of Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo had a moment from the start. Santos’ team conceded a goal from Ukraine right from the first attack. A ball from corner kick landed in Portugal’s penalty box, and Yaremchuk scored the goal.

Portugal increased the pressure but could not convert any shot. After 20 minutes, Ukraine increased lead thanks to Yarmolenko. Mykolenko displayed an incredible vision of the field and passed the ball through the whole stadium. Yarmolenko received the ball and scored a beautiful goal.

 

2nd half of the match

During the first 10 minutes of the second half, Santos substituted two players. Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix joined the game. Santos was desperate for scoring goals, so Portugal increased the pressure.

Portugal scored a goal on 72nd minute. Portugal crossed the ball through the penalty area, and Stepanenko played with hand. The referee stopped the match and got help from another referee. After the game, Zinchenko said that Ronaldo’s reputation was the main reason of penalty. According to Zinchenko, Taylor pointed to the penalty spot right after Ronaldo admitted that it was a handball.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty and reached 700 goals threshold. Messi is close to Ronaldo as he sits on 672 goals. At the same time, Ronaldo has a target to outperform Bican’s record.

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