Good afternoon, and welcome to our stay weblog of the Group C match between Ukraine and Austria, which is being performed in Bucharest. It kicks off at 5pm, we can have the team news about an hour earlier than that I ought to suppose, and you possibly can watch the motion on ITV4.
Both sides have gotten three factors to date: they each beat North Macedonia, and they each lost to the Netherlands. If there’s a winner, that facet will clearly undoubtedly undergo. They each have a purpose distinction of zero however Ukraine have gotten their noses in entrance by dint of targets scored. If it is a draw, Ukraine undergo in second place and Austria should take their possibilities among the many 4 greatest third-place finishers.
A draw would very possible be sufficient for Austria so we’ll should see how that… develops.
But skipper David Alaba just isn’t settling. Here’s a narrative about him/them.
Austria’s Euro 2020 group recreation in opposition to Ukraine will really feel like a closing as they bid to succeed in the knockout phases of a serious event for the primary time in 39 years, captain David Alaba mentioned.
Austria, who haven’t gone past the group stage because the 1982 World Cup, are third in Group C on three factors, behind second-placed Ukraine on purpose distinction.
A draw of their closing group recreation can be sufficient for Ukraine to complete second behind the Netherlands, who’ve already certified, however Austria will advance in the event that they win at Bucharest.
“We are aware that it has a feeling of a final, we want to win this match and write history, this is obvious,” Alaba mentioned.
“It will not be straightforward however we are able to see that now we have nice team spirit. There are so many gamers who play at such a prime degree and have already gained expertise.
“We know how strong Ukraine are, but we also know their weaknesses and we want to benefit from this.”
As for his or her opponents, Andriy Yarmolenko would be the man to observe. He and Roman Yaremchuk scored a purpose every for Ukraine within the team’s opening match, and then scored a purpose every within the second as effectively.
“The toughest game is ahead of us in the next round of matches,” Yarmolenko mentioned.
Despite the targets, Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko’s concern within the earlier match was that his team did not rating extra, given the quite a few possibilities his gamers created.
Ruslan Malinovskyi, for instance, had a chance to place the sport in opposition to North Macedonia out of attain with an 84th-minute penalty awarded after a handball. But the Atalanta midfielder ran up casually and positioned a rising shot that goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski saved simply.
“If we would have only drawn, I would be very upset,” Malinovskyi mentioned of the 2-1 victory.
Shevchenko mentioned defender Denys Popov has a calf damage and would possibly miss what the coach referred to as “a very, very difficult game ahead of us.”