In his third match in the League of Nations, the Ukraine national team, beating the Czechs won the third victory in a row.
Early in the match in Kharkiv participants of the match and the fans observed a minute of silence in memory of the outstanding football player and coach, former coach of the national team of Oleg Bazilevich, who passed away a few hours before reporting the match, writes the official website of the FFU.
The game began with attacks of Ukrainian team. At the loud support of fans who heard the call of Andriy Shevchenko, completely filled tribunes of the RSC “Metalist”, the blue-yellow from the start confirmed their status as group favourites, trying to keep the game under control. In the 10th minute created the first point – Linnet gave an accurate pass on the head Yaremchuk, but the novel is struck by the gate. Three minutes later a move involving the same players again and again Yaremchuk lacked accuracy.
But the Czechs, which, given the tournament situation needed only a victory, accustomed to the field for RSC Metalist, began to put pressure on the owners and conduct of acute attacks. Pyatov had to save his own net, when Pavelko shot after a corner, and Ancho went out with him one on one.
Great attack carried out by the Ukrainians in the 33rd minute: Marlos put to the final shot of the Linnet, whose shot was parried leg Pavlenko. Soon no less sharply punched Malinowski, and this time the ball passed a few inches from the stand of the Czech goal. As it turned out, it was only ranging from Ruslan. For a few minutes before the end of the first half Ukraine midfielder emptied his famous gun from outside the penalty area after discount Yaremchuk. Malinowski continued his goal-scoring benefit, which he began in the game against Italy.
After the break, overall it was an equal game with scoring chances for both teams. Matvienko and the caravan several times perfectly opened on the flanks, receiving passes on the move, but could not successfully to give to the partners at risk. Not idle without work and Pyatov: Andrew parried another powerful blow of Pavelka under the crossbar and confidently acted on the outputs, confidence blue and yellow.
In the final quarter of the meeting, the Ukrainians began to emerge opportunities to counterattack, as guests who already had nothing to lose, sent to attack all the biggest powers. But Yarmolenko failed to control the ball after a pass from Marlos, once alone before Pavlenko. Not scored and Tsygankov after along with Yarmolenko together on one defender – the Czechs saved Pavlenko.
Due to the fact that the national team of Ukraine in recent years have added greatly to controlling the ball in the last minutes the yellow-Blues managed to do without the fires at the gate and quietly bring the game to victory. The team of Andriy Shevchenko extended their unbeaten run to nine fights and early secured the final first place in the group and a spot in the League And in the next cycle.
Football. Men. The League of Nations the League. League Group B. 1. The match of the fourth round
Ukraine – Czech Republic – 1:0 (1:0)
16 Oct. Beginning at 21:45. Kharkov. The stadium RSC “Metalist”.
Referee: Gediminas Mazheyka (Lithuania).
Ukraine: Pyatov, Matvienko, Rakitskiy, Burda, Karavaev, Linnet (Tsygankov, 70), Stepanenko, Malinowski (Zinchenko, 86), Rakitskiy, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.
Subs Not Used: Boyko, Lunin, Butko, Plastun, Kryvtsov, Kulach, Petryak, V. Kravets, Sydorchuk, Makarenko.
Coach: Andriy Shevchenko.
Czech Republic: Pavlenko, Celustka, Gebre Selassie, Brabec, Novak, Barack, Dočkal, Ancho (Sural, 81), Otter (Zmrhal, 67), Pavelko, Chic (Cronk, 73).
Subs Not Used: Vaclík, Koubek, Kudela, Travnik, Stronach, Masopust, Coufal.
Coach: Jaroslav Silhavy.
Goal: Malinowski (43).
Warning: Rakitskiy (39) – Celustka (19), Pavelko (90).
1. Ukraine– 3 3 0 0 4-1 9
2. Czech Republic– 3 1 0 2 3-4 3
3. Slovakia– 2 0 0 2 1-3 0
Calendar of the remaining matches
Slovakia – Ukraine (21.45)
Czech Republic – Slovakia (21.45)