The national team of Ukraine in Lisbon held the first qualifying match in the qualifying competition to the Euro 2020. The team of Andriy Shevchenko was Portugal, which the Ukrainians played a draw.
Portugal – Ukraine 0:0
The first official match in 2019 Andriy Shevchenko decided to play a 4-1-4-1 scheme with an unexpected selection of players. Taras Stepanenko was the only defensive midfielder, Marlos played the right winger is injured Yarmolenko. And in the centre of defence there was an unexpected “shahtarska” bundle Kryvtsov Matvienko. The left flank was closed young Vitaly Nikolenko with Dynamo.
Portugal, which is the current European champion, withdrew from the scheme 4-1-2-3, where flank the attackers were Bernardo Silva from Manchester city and Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to the national team after a pause.
In the opening minutes, the home team decided to put pressure on the Ukrainians. However, guests are not effaced and almost immediately demonstrated that you don’t want to be whipping boys. In particular, Marlos well launched an attack Ukraine through the left flank and earned a corner. Portugal continued to control the game, but without the aggravation.
Moments of wards Fernando Santos began to occur 16 minutes. First, centerback Pepe takeoff struck an unexpected blow after a corner kick. Pyatov turned the ball away for a corner, although he was still flying above the crossbar. Already on the 17th minute, the Portugal ran to celebrate a goal. William Carvalho beat Andriy Pyatov from the spot after a great cross into the box. However, the linear arbitrator has rightly flagged for offside, so the goal was canceled.
In the 21st minute of his time said, “blue-yellow”. Linnet in his own style shifted almost to center and struck into the far corner. However, the ball flew from the gate. Two minutes later Ronaldo was left alone on the left flank, burst into the possession of the net and shot. Ukrainian goalkeeper saved partners. 27 grossly mistaken Matvienko. Centerback couldn’t get the ball, the Portuguese was intercepted and gave it to Ronaldo. Christiano, being in a free-kick was aiming for the bottom corner but Pyatov was again on top.
The Ukrainian team responded to a positional attack, which unfolded Zinchenko, Malinowski and Marlos. However, the impact is never reached, so Rui patrício was left without a job in the first half. Ukrainians took a single kick to the hosts. The Portuguese the same three seriously disturbed Andriy Pyatov, but the first half ended without goals.
After the break Portugal came not less motivated. Already in the 51st minute Ronaldo perfectly dropped on Andre Silva, who with a sock shot of the net. The Ukrainian goalkeeper has coped with blow. Portugal considerably aggravate the situation on the field and tried to undermine the defense of the guests. At the 57 minute one prolonged attacks from the hosts almost resulted in an amazing goal Andre Silva. The striker aimed for the top corner, but Pyatov stretched out like a string, parried the strike and a wonder save from the Ukrainian goalkeeper.
Fernando Santos after the teams spent an hour on the football field, decided to refresh the team Rafael Silva, who was replaced by Ruben Neves. Shevchenko got Marlos, whose place was taken by the leader of “Dynamo” Victor Tsygankov.
In the 69th minute Portugal performed dangerous free kick, which earned Ronaldo. Vs Cristiano not by rules has played a Linnet. It seemed that the captain of the hosts and will perform a dangerous default position, but suddenly broke through Raphael Guerreiro. The ball hit the head Zinchenko, who made a high jump and cleared the danger.
76 in the national team debuted Junior Moraes, who only recently received Ukrainian citizenship. He replaced the Roman Yaremchuk. In turn, Portugal has continued to totally dominate. Ukrainians almost never left their own half, to spend at least some attack. Only 85 minutes, when the Portuguese took a break to rest, Ukrainians had two really dangerous moments. Moraes penalty before the hosts subdued the ball and attacked that Portuguese covered. In the next moment Konoplyanka has a shot from distance. Patrício parried tough shot in front of him and the first was on the rebound Moraes. However, the striker from close range sent the ball above the goal, although the ball already “was” at the gate…
90 minute Pyatov once again demonstrated its reliability. Diego Souza on a technique shot from outside the penalty area, but Andrew formed, confidently took the ball in his hands. Match referee has added four minutes, during which the Portuguese managed to breach the gates of the “blue-yellow”. Your time had Ronaldo, breaking a header after a cross into the penalty area. A strike for Juventus was too weak.
In the end, Clement Stavrev blew the final whistle and the Ukrainian team survived against the champion of Europe. During the match, the Portuguese struck as many as 17 strokes, compared to 5 in Ukraine. His next match wards of Shevchenko will hold a March 25 against Luxembourg and Portugal will compete with Serbia.
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