Ukraine Defeat Spain With A Late Goal From Viktor Tsyhankov

The international break is now over and the players will be returning back to their clubs. The South American World Cup Qualifiers and UEFA Nations League had some pretty interesting fixtures planned for us. We got to see matches like France vs Portugal, Uruguay vs Chile, Spain vs Portugal and many others. Now, it was time for another such fixture which was Spain vs Ukraine. They had already faced each other in matchday 2 where Spain had thrashed Ukraine in a 4-0 victory. Now, it was time for another such match as the teams were all prepared.

Lineups:

Spain: David de Gea, Navas, Ramos, Torres, Reguilon, Canales, Hernandez, Merino, Adama, Rodrigo and Ansu Fati.

Their coach Luis Enrique went with the standard formation of 4-3-3 with Fati, Rodrigo, and Adama as the front three, Hernandez, Merino and Canales as the middle-line, De Gea as the goalkeeper and the rest as defenders.

Ukraine: H. Bushchan, Sobol, Mykolenko, Zabarnyi, Karavayev, Sydorchuk, Makarenko, Shaparenko, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk and Zubkov.

The Ukrainian manager A. Shevchenko also put up a 4-3-3 formation with Zubkov, Yarmolenko, and Yaremchuk as the forwards, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko and Makarenko as midfielders, Bushchan as the goalkeeper, and the rest as defenders.

Ukraine Defeat Spain With A Late Goal From Viktor Tsyhankov
A still of J. Navas and Zubkov from the match.

Match Summary: Spain vs Ukraine:

First Half:

The match started and Spain kicked off. They started off slow as they did not want to rush things. They were playing their standard possession game as instructed by Enrique. The coach is known for playing possession game with good and short passes. So, that is exactly what we got to see from the Spaniard’s side. In the 12th minute, Jesus Navas kept a brilliant ball inside the box which was headed by Rodrigo. However, the Ukrainian keeper Bushchan made a wonderful save to deny the goal. Then, just 3 minutes later, Fati also got a one-on-one chance but he missed it as he shot with his weaker (left) foot and Bushchan made another save. After that also Spain was creating chances again and again but were not able to convert any of them. With that, the score at half-time was 0-0 as neither Spain nor Ukraine had scored.

Second Half:

Soon, the second half began and Ukraine was now trying to keep possession. This worked out very well for them as Yarmolenko kept in a beautiful pass for Sydorchuk who dribbled past 2 players. However, Zubkov stole the ball from Sydorchuk and missed the shot. He was also declared as offside so even if he had scored, the goal would not have been considered. After that, in the 71st minute, Spain got another chance as Oyarzabal had a one-on-one chance with Bushchan. But, the Ukrainian keeper made another great save to help his team maintain the 0-0 score.

However, in the 75th minute, Ukraine soon broke the deadlock to score the first and the final goal of the game. The play had started from Bushchan where he passed the ball to Karavayev who headed it towards Yarmolenko. The latter kept a through ball to Tsyhankov who smashed the ball past De Gea. De Gea was standing outside the box. The substitute, Tsyhankov took full advantage of it and shot the ball into the back of the net. With this goal, Ukraine won the match against Spain with a score of 1-0.

Ukraine Defeat Spain With A Late Goal From Viktor Tsyhankov
Viktor Tsyhankov celebrates after scoring the only goal for his team in Spain vs Ukraine.

This was the last match of the international break for both the teams. After this match, there were no changes in the points table as Germany tied with Switzerland 3-3. Spain is in the 1st position whereas Ukraine is in the 3rd. With 2 matchdays left (in November), all the teams will be looking forward to a victory so they can fix their spot in the knockouts. Anyhow, the international break is over now and all the players will be returning back to their clubs for their respective leagues.

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