Ukraine overcomes Slovakia 2-1, reviving hopes of advancing to the knockout stage in Group E of Euro 2024

Substitute striker Roman Yaremchuk scored a first-class goal in the 80th minute, helping Ukraine come from behind to beat Slovakia 2-1 in the second round of Group E of Euro 2024.

Ukraine overcomes Slovakia 2-1, reviving hopes of advancing to the knockout stage in Group E of Euro 2024

After a crushing 0-3 defeat to Romania, Ukraine needed a win on the Dusseldorf pitch against their opponents Slovakia, who had just shocked everyone by defeating the strongest team in the group, Belgium, 1-0. However, the way they started the match did not bode well for the team led by Coach Serhiy Rebrov.

Despite changing four positions in the starting lineup, Ukraine was still a group of underperformers who were completely inferior, lacking confidence and constantly under dangerous attacks.

Coach Rebrov boldly removed goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, the star who helped Real win the Champions League and La Liga but made a serious mistake in the opening match of Euro. This was the right decision as his replacement, Benfica’s goalie Anatoliy Trubin, played excellently to keep Ukraine from being defeated in two situations. First was a leg-blocked shot by Lukas Haraslin, followed by a close-range shot by Ivan Schranz.

However, no matter how good Trubin was, he couldn’t save Ukraine’s sleepwalking defense. In the 17th minute, from a throw-in, Haraslin crossed from the left. Oleksandr Zinchenko jumped up but missed the ball, creating an opportunity for Schranz to head it into the ground. At just a few meters away, there was no chance for Trubin to show off his skills. Slovakia once again enjoyed the joy of scoring first, while Ukrainian fans were stunned by the prospect of an early exit.

But the goal seemed to awaken Ukraine’s fighting spirit. Although they couldn’t improve their defense, they began to attack dangerously. On the contrary, Slovakia’s midfield controlled the match well but had no plan to stop Ukraine’s fast counterattacks.

In the 35th minute, Andriy Yarmolenko’s dribble on the right created a chaotic situation. Taking advantage of the space, defender Oleksandr Tymchyk shot diagonally, hitting Slovakia’s goal post. Two minutes later, Mykhailo Mudryk broke away, faced Martin Dubravka but his pass was blocked by the Slovakian goalkeeper. Before the end of the first half, Trubin once again saved Ukraine from conceding a goal from Haraslin’s low shot.

The game changed in the second half. Slovakia’s attacks were no longer as surprising as in the first half. Therefore, their high line left them vulnerable to counterattacks. In the 54th minute, taking advantage of Mudryk’s speed, Ukraine was able to get the ball to the left for Zinchenko to cross. Receiving the ball unmarked, Mykola Shaparenko finished with one touch, making Dubravka’s dive meaningless. After scoring the first goal for Ukraine at Euro 2024, Shaparenko punched the sky. This showed how relieved Ukraine was. Zinchenko turned to the fans, calling them to continue cheering.

The drumming and cheering of Ukrainian fans drowned out Slovakia’s fighting spirit. Conversely, Ukraine’s spirit was high and it seemed only a matter of time before they scored another goal. In the 74th minute, Mudryk and substitute striker Roman Yaremchuk combined to create a two-on-two situation with Slovakia’s defenders. But Yaremchuk’s final pass was a little too deep for Mudryk’s run, causing the Chelsea player to only hit the outside of the post.

Nevertheless, the final joy came to Ukraine. Shaparenko once again made his mark with a lob pass behind Slovakia’s defense. Yaremchuk controlled the ball with a technical touch before chipping it past Dubravka. The whole Ukrainian team and Coach Serhiy Rebrov rushed to the corner flag to celebrate with Yaremchuk. On the stands, Ukrainian fans were dancing. From the brink of elimination, Ukraine revived their hopes of advancing.

The remaining time was not enough for Slovakia to equalize. They had lost a lot of morale after losing the advantage. However, with the three points won in the opening match against Belgium, Slovakia still has a chance to advance if they get points against Romania in the final round. If Belgium beats Romania in the match on the evening of June 22, Group E will have four teams with three points after two matches, promising a hard-to-predict scenario.

Goal scorers Slovakia vs Ukraine

Slovakia: Schranz (18′)

Ukraine: Shaparenko (54′), Yaremchuk (80′)

Lineups Slovakia vs Ukraine

Slovakia: Dubravka; Pekarik, Vavro, Skriniar, Hancko (Obert 67′); Lobotka, Kukca, Duda (Benes 60′); Schranz (Sauer 86′), Bozenik (Strelec 60′), Haraslin (Suslov 67′)

Ukraine: Trubin, Tymchyk, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Zinchenko; Shaparenko (Talovierov 90’+1), Brazhko (Sydorchuk 85′); Yarmolenko (Zubkov 67′), Sudakov, Mudryk (Malinovskyi 85′); Dovbyk (Yaremchuk 67′)

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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