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North Macedonia Ukraine 21 Round of 16 in Ukraine sights

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Ukraine edge past North Macedonia as Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk … Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0100-Andriy Yarmolenko stole the spotlight to keep Ukraine's last-16 hopes alive, while North Macedonia's fate hangs in the balance in Group C.

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Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia: Round of 16 in Ukraine’s sights

June 17, 2021

Andriy Yarmolenko equalled Andriy Shevchenko's all-time EURO goalscoring record for Ukraine as the Synio-Zhovti earned their first victory to take a step closer to the round of 16.

Ukraine vs North Macedonia: as it happened, reaction

Match in brief

North Macedonia made the first move in an end-to-end opening, as Ezgjan Alioski's ball over the top fell just out of the reach of Eljif Elmas. Soon after at the opposite end, Stole Dimitrievski was called into action to punch clear Ruslan Malinovskyi's searching delivery.

Star of the Match – Yarmolenko's highlights

Under siege, but showing signs of promise, Igor Angelovski's charges began to advance into the yellow half – Elmas's shrewd near-post flick rippling the side netting in their best combination.

However, on 29 minutes North Macedonia were finally cracked, as Yarmolenko escaped his marker to squeeze in at the back post from a corner kick, before feeding a sublime first-time pass into the path of Roman Yaremchuk to coolly double their advantage five minutes later.

With nothing to lose, the Lynxes pounced after the restart. Georgiy Bushchan sprung high to touch substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski's effort onto the woodwork, with Goren Pandev brought down in the aftermath. Bushchan guessed the right way to deny Alioski's penalty, though the wing-back reacted quickest to convert the rebound.

Dimitrievski denied Malinovskyi from the penalty spot late on, but for all of North Macedonia's dogged determination, Shevchenko's side proved too much for the EURO debutants.

Star of the Match: Andriy Yarmolenko

Star of the Match: Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine)

“He scored a goal, showed good vision on the field, and demonstrated a very good technique. He showed a great attitude towards defensive duties as well.”
Cosmin Contra, UEFA Technical Observer

Check out every Heineken Star of the Match at UEFA EURO 2020.

Bogdan Buga, Ukraine reporter

Andriy Shevchenko's team were the dominant side for the majority of the match. They were better, both individually and as a team. From the very beginning they pushed forward, forcing their opponents to commit mistakes. Yarmolenko's partnership with Yaremchuk has proved to be Ukraine's most notable feature in attack – the pair have already scored four goals between them at the finals. Shevchenko's tactical decisions, particularly playing Malinovskyi in a free attacking role on the left wing, also proved shrewd.

Malinovskyi on Ukraine's win

Igor Panevski, North Macedonia reporter

Two very different halves for North Macedonia, but not a good enough display to earn their first points. After this defeat, their chances of reaching the round of 16 are slim, and the result against the Netherlands is perhaps irrelevant now. After a poor first half, Angelovski made two changes and some switches in the shape. North Macedonia managed to get a goal back, but that was not enough and they remain without a point in Group C.

Reaction

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine coach: “We could have scored more. I think Ukraine were very good in attack tonight. I was pleased to see this kind of performance. But the most important thing is that we reacted [to conceding a goal] with desire to score more and earn this win.”

Andriy Yarmolenko, Star of the Match: “I'm very pleased to receive this award but more than that I'm pleased with the three points we've earned. I wouldn't focus only on those who score goals or supply assists. Look at our defence, how great their performance was today. I want to share this award with the whole team.”

Alioski on North Macedonia defeat

Igor Angelovski, North Macedonia coach: “We played a match with two different halves. In the second half we showed why we are at the European Championship, that this team has quality and deserves to be here. And when your fans send you off with loud applause, it shows that you played a really good match, but we are sorry that it didn't come with a positive result at the end.”

Goran Pandev, North Macedonia captain: “Just 45 good minutes in a tournament like this is not enough. We have to play like we did in the second half throughout the whole match. We started carefully and when you concede a goal from a break, it gets harder. I'm sorry we lost; we could at least have got a point. These are matches we are playing for the first time in our careers.”

Key stats

Roman Yaremchuk celebrates with Andriy ShevchenkoPOOL/AFP via Getty Images

  • Andriy Yarmolenko equalled Andriy Shevchenko in Ukraine's EURO final tournament all-time goalscoring charts with two goals, and became the first Ukrainian player to score in two different EURO matches.
  • Ukraine have not kept a clean sheet in their eight EURO final tournament matches.
  • Ukraine have won their last three matches against North Macedonia – the two previous games were EURO 2016 qualifiers (2-0, 1-0).
  • Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk have both scored in each of Ukraine's last three international matches.
  • North Macedonia have only failed to score in one of their last 17 international matches.

Line-ups

Ukraine: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Shaparenko (Sydorchuk 78), Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko (Tsygankov 70), Yaremchuk (Besedin 70), Malinovskyi (Sobol 90+2)

North Macedonia: Dimitrievski; S. Ristovski, D. Velkovski (Tričkovski 85), Musliu; Nikolov (Trajkovski 46), Ademi (Ristevski 85), Spirovski (Churlinov 46), Alioski; Bardi (Avramovski 77); Pandev, Elmas


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Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia: Round of 16 in Ukraine's sights Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0100-Ruslan Malinovsky missed a late penalty to make Ukraine sweat after Ezgjan Alioski had pulled a goal back, following up when Georgiy Bushchan saved his spot- …

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Ukraine edge past North Macedonia as Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk score again

June 17, 2021

Andriy Shevchenko, the Ukraine manager, admitted his side were given a scare by North Macedonia, as first-half goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk sealed a Group C win in Bucharest.

Ruslan Malinovsky missed a late penalty to make Ukraine sweat after Ezgjan Alioski had pulled a goal back, following up when Georgiy Bushchan saved his spot-kick.

Shevchenko said: “This part of the European Championship is a very different atmosphere, during any second the balance of the team can change. The team played a very good first half but then our mistake caused a penalty.

“Then some anxiety and nervousness appeared. We got more chances and should have scored a third but we also have to praise our rivals. North Macedonia have character.”

Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk each struck inside five minutes for Ukraine. West Ham’s Yarmolenko opened the scoring after 29 minutes when he converted from close range after Oleksandr Karavayev flicked on a corner. Yarmolenko then turned provider when he slipped in Yaremchuk to beat Stole Dimitrievski low to his left.

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Andriy Yarmolenko opens the scoring from close range. Photograph: Mihai Barbu/AP

Goran Pandev had a strike disallowed for offside soon after but North Macedonia did pull a goal back after 57 minutes. Karavayev brought down Pandev after Bushchan brilliantly turned Aleksandar Trajkovski’s shot on to the bar. The goalkeeper saved Alioski’s penalty but the Leeds player followed up to score.

Ukraine had chances to avoid any late nerves and Malinovsky saw his penalty saved by Dimitrievski with six minutes left after Daniel Avramovski handled the striker’s free‑kick.

Igor Angelovski, the North Macedonia manager, said: “The match is 90 minutes and the goal was to be more cautious in the beginning, unfortunately we conceded from a corner.

“In the second half we saw the real Macedonia and why we are here at the European Championship.

“Congratulations to the boys for the great game in the second half. If the public reward you with that kind of applause it indicates you have played a good match. You saw, unlike the first game, they played completely relaxed and that was the real Macedonia. There is no greater motivation than to play against a big Holland team [next].”


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– June 17, 2021
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