Ukraine, on the brink, pulls off a thrilling upset… 2-1 victory over Slovakia

Ukraine survived a cliffhanger.

Ukraine defeated Slovakia 2-1 in the second leg of their UEFA Euro 2024 Group E match at the Düsseldorf Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, at 10 p.m. ET on June 21. With the win, Ukraine and Slovakia are even at 1-1 in the group.

Slovakia pulled out a 4-3-3 formation. Ivan Schranz, Robert Bozenik, and Lukas Haraslin lined up up front, while Juraj Kuczka, Stanislav Lobotka, and Ondrej Duda formed the back four. The back four was Peter Pekaric, Denis Babro, Milan Škriniar, and David Hanko. Martin Dubravka wore the goalkeeper’s gloves.

Ukraine lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Artem Doubik started up front, supported by Mikhailo Mudryk, Georgy Sudakov, and Andriy Yarmolenko in the second line. The midfield was formed by Volodymyr Brazko and Mikola Shafarenko. The defense was Oleksandr Zinchenko, Mikola Matviyenko, Ilya Zavarny, and Oleksandr Timchik. Anatoly Truvin was in goal.

[First half]

Slovakia opened the scoring. In the ninth minute, Haraslin received the ball on the left flank and used a trick move to beat two defenders. He took a shot from inside the penalty box that was saved by the goalkeeper. Slovakia didn’t let up and continued to attack. In the 10th minute, a deflected ball found Schranz in the box, but he was again denied by the keeper.

Ukraine also had the first shot on goal. In the 13th minute, Brazko picked up the ball in the front of the penalty box and fired a mid-range shot. It was straight at the keeper.

Slovakia struck first. In the 17th minute, Haraslin sent a throw-in from the left side of the field and Haraslin quickly sent a cross into the box. The high cross found Schranz on the other side of the box, who finished with a header. Slovakia took a 1-0 lead.

Ukraine hit the ground running. In the 27th minute of the first half, Doubik got the ball inside the penalty box. With one defender in front of him, he fired a left-footed shot that was 토토 blocked by a defender’s tackle.

Ukraine took advantage. In the 33rd minute, Dmytryk found Timchik in the box, but his shot bounced off the defense. Timchik regained possession of the ball and fired a right-footed shot that was saved by the goalkeeper.

Ukraine continued to dominate. In the 42nd minute, Ukraine earned a free kick in the right half of the field. Kicker Zinchenko took a direct shot, but it was saved by the goalkeeper.

Slovakia fought back. In the 43rd minute, on a counterattack, the left flank opened up. Haraslin hit a right-footed shot to the opposite post, but it went wide. One minute of stoppage time was awarded, and the first half ended 1-1 with neither team scoring another goal.

[Second half]

Ukraine set the tone. In the fifth minute of the second half, a cross from the left side was headed in by Doubik. It was mis-hit and went the other way.

Ukraine continued to push forward and equalized. In the ninth minute of the second half, on the counterattack, Mudryk made a run and found Doubik on the left, and 메이저 토토사이트 Zinchenko at the back sent in a cross. Shafarenko, in the center of the box, was on hand to hit a shot that split the net. Ukraine made it 1-1.

Slovakia made a change. In the 15th minute of the second half, Bozenik and Duda were taken off for Stryc and Benes. They got an unexpected blow. In the 16th minute, Hanzko complained of hamstring pain but was not taken off.

Ukraine made a substitution. In the 22nd minute, Yaremchuk and Zubkov came on for Doubik and Yarmolenko. Slovakia also dropped Hansko and Haraslin in favor of Obert and Suslov.

Ukraine pulled one back. In the 35th minute of the second half, a pass was played low in from the back and Yaremchuk, surging in from the right, controlled the ball and finished neatly. Ukraine took a 2-1 lead.

Slovakia hit the ground running. In the 39th minute, Slovakia won a free kick on the left side of the field. Kuczka stepped up to take the kick, but his shot sailed high.

Ukraine tightened up their defense. In the 40th minute, they took off Mudryk and Brazko for Sidorchuk and Malinovsky. Slovakia brought on Suar for Schranz in the 41st minute.

There were five minutes of stoppage time. Slovakia pushed forward in the closing minutes but failed to find the equalizer. The game ended with a 2-1 victory for Ukraine.

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