Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Ukraine | 2022 - UEFA Nations League | 2034435

UEFA Nations League League B - Group 1 | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
08 June 2022 - 19:45

Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Ukraine

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Report | Republic of Ireland 0-1 Ukraine

Ireland lost their second match in a row as Viktor Tsygankov scored in the second half to give Ukraine a 1-0 victory at the Aviva Stadium.
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Ireland came close several times but was unable to convert the opportunities. Stephen Kenny made two changes, bringing in Cyrus Christie and Jason Knight into the side from the Armenia defeat.

Festy Ebosele and James Talbot were on the bench for this UEFA Nations League match. Jason Knight and Callum Robinson each had two early chances for Ireland, but neither could test Lunin in the Ukrainian goal.

Knight was set to score again, but a diving save by Lunin, who knocked the ball around the post, denied him. Matviyenko tried his luck from long range for the hosts, but his shot curled wide of Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

Mudryk broke inside the area, but his shot was off target. Shane Duffy made a wonderful block to keep Sydorchuk, while Kelleher saved a long-range effort from Zubkov with a well-taken stop. Ireland was denied a penalty after Callum Robinson was brought down in the area by a challenge, but the referee did not award it.

Kacharaba put the ball in the back of the net for Ukraine, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside call in the build-up. Viktor Tsygankov, a second-half substitution, gave Ukraine the lead after a free-kick was delivered into the Irish goal area and met by Tsygankov, who glanced his header past Kelleher to put the visitors ahead.

Shane Duffy came close for Ireland, almost giving the home side an immediate response, but Lunin stopped his header. Shane Duffy once again had a brace of chances to draw Ireland level, the first coming from a James McClean free-kick that was cleared by the Ukrainian defence before the ball was given to him in the second phase of play, with Duffy failing to get the ball out from under his feet.

Ireland had two quick chances to level, with Hamilton and Obafemi both going close, Hamilton's effort hit the crossbar and Obafemi's strike went narrowly wide at the back post. With a long-range shot that barely missed the target, John Cullen came close to scoring his first international goal.

In additional time, Jason Knight blazed his shot over the bar, but Shane Duffy's overhead effort was knocked down that found its way to the awaiting Irish midfielder. Tsygankov came close to adding a second goal for Ukraine, but his shot was deflected for a corner thanks to a crucial Nathan Collins block.

Ireland will be back at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday as Stephen Kenny’s side face Scotland.

Republic of Ireland: Kelleher (GK), Christie (Browne 69), Stevens (McClean 69), Duffy ©, Egan (O’Shea 59), Cullen, Robinson (Obafemi 69), Collins, Hendrick, Knight, Ogbene (Hamilton 78).
Subs not used: Talbot (GK) Travers (GK), Hourihane, Keane, Parrott, Molumby, Ebosele.

Ukraine: Lunin (GK), Syrota, Popov, Sydorchuk ©, Shaparenko, Dovbyk (Sikan 80), Mudryk (Pikhalonok 72), Mykolenko, Bondar, Kacharaba (Karavaev 72), Zubkov (Tsygankov 46).
Subs not used: Pyatov (GK), Riznyk (GK), Sobol, Ihnatenko, Malinovskyi, Sikan, Zabarnyi, Tsygankov, Zinchenko, Matviyenko

Carlsberg Man of the Match: Jason Knight

Referee: Filip Glova (SVK)

Preview | Republic of Ireland v Ukraine

Republic of Ireland are set to host Ukraine in their second UEFA Nations League group match as they look to bounce back from defeat against Armenia.
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Stephen Kenny's Ireland suffered a 1-0 defeat in Yerevan in their opening League B - Group One fixture and will be looking for their first win of the campaign as they welcome Ukraine to the Aviva Stadium.

It will be the first competitive home match of the year as the FAI are set to welcome over 3,500 Ukrainian refugees to the Aviva Stadium who have been given free tickets by the association for the match.

Tickets are available for the match from Ticketmaster here.

Match Details

Fixture: Republic of Ireland v Ukraine
Competition: UEFA Nations League
Date: Wednesday, June 8
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
TV: RTE & Premier Sports

Match Officials

Referee: Filip Glova (SVK)
Assistant 1: Daniel Polacek (SVK)
Assistant 2: Adam Jekkel (SVK)
Fourth Official: Michal Ocenáš (SVK)
Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Edwin Van De Graaf (NED)

Team News

Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has been ruled out of the remaining UEFA Nations League fixtures in June and has been replaced in the squad by Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot.

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny also confirmed that captain Seamus Coleman will miss the Ukraine match through injury with Cyrus Christie and Festy Ebosele in contention to replace him in the starting line-up.

What he said - Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

"When you lose to Armenia you have to accept criticism. It was one that we wanted to win. I don’t think it was a game we deserved to lose, we hardly conceded any chances. We know we can play a lot better overall. We had enough chances to win the game itself. We should not have lost.

“It’s one we’ve left behind. We’ve just got to put it behind us and go into the Ukraine game with a strong mentality and try to get a win.

"The Ukrainian players, coaches, and all the staff have been great ambassadors for their country amidst the chaos of their lives and the thousands who have lost their lives. By continuing to play, they are keeping it at the forefront of whatever country they’re playing, within the media. It keeps the discussion very much in the news.”

What he said - Ireland defender Shane Duffy

“It’s really emotional for all of them and they should be really proud of how they handled themselves, especially in the last two games, carrying their country, and I think everyone was willing them to try and get to the World Cup.

“I think they can be really proud of themselves and hold their heads up really high and keep going.

“We know it’s really emotional times for everyone there, so it will be a special game and one we’re all really looking forward to.”

Watch the full press conference with Stephen Kenny and Shane Duffy here...

Republic of Ireland v Ukraine - Statistics

- This is the first ever meeting between the Republic of Ireland and the Ukraine in any competition.
- Republic of Ireland have lost only one of their last 24 matches against teams they were facing for the first time (W17 D6, including a game against a Tuscan Select XI), with that defeat coming against Belarus in May 2016.
- Republic of Ireland have only lost two of their last 17 home matches in all competitions (W6 D9) and are unbeaten in their last six (W2 D4).
- Ukraine lost their previous game, going down 0-1 against Wales in the European play-off final for the 2022 World Cup. They haven’t lost consecutive matches across all competitions since November 2020, when they suffered three in a row (v Poland, Germany and Switzerland).
- Republic of Ireland have won just two of their last 20 competitive matches (D10 L8), with both of those victories coming away from home. Ireland have gone nine competitive matches without winning at home, never going on a longer such run in their history.
- Andrii Yarmolenko has been directly involved in more goals than any other Ukraine player in the UEFA Nations League (3), scoring twice and assisting one. His last game in the competition in October 2020 saw him assist the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Spain.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), James Talbot (Bohemians).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Nathan Collins (Burnley), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).
Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jason Knight (Derby County).
Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Hogan (Birmingham City), Will Keane (Wigan Athletic), Michael Obafemi (Swansea City), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), CJ Hamilton (Blackpool), Festy Ebosele (Derby County).

Fixtures - UEFA Nations League

04/06 - Armenia 1-0 Ireland, Republican Stadium, Yerevan
08/06 - Republic of Ireland v Ukraine, Aviva Stadium - 7.45pm
11/06 - Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium - 5pm
14/06 - Ukraine v Republic of Ireland, ŁKS Stadium, Łódź - 7.45pm (8.45pm local time)

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Kelleher (G) 2 Christie 3 Stevens 4 Duffy (C) 5 Egan 6 Cullen 7 Robinson 12 Collins 13 Hendrick 17 Knight 20 Ogbene

Coach

Stephen Kenny

Ukraine

1 Lunin (G) 3 Syrota 4 Popov 5 Sydorchuk (C) 10 Shaparenko 11 Dovbyk 14 Mudryk 16 Mykolenko 18 Bondar 19 Kacharaba 20 Zubkov

Substitutes

  • 12 Andriy Pyatov (G)
  • 23 Dmytro Riznyk (G)
  • 2 Eduard Sobol
  • 6 Danylo Ihnatenko
  • 7 Oleksandr Pikhalonok
  • 8 Ruslan Malinovskyi
  • 9 Danylo Sikan
  • 13 Illia Zabarnyi
  • 15 Viktor Tsygankov
  • 17 Oleksandr Zinchenko
  • 21 Oleksandr Karavaev
  • 22 Mykola Matviyenko

Coach

Oleksandr Petrakov

Officials

  • Referee Filip Glova
  • Assistant Referees Daniel Polacek
  • UEFA Delegate Christian Kofoed
  • Assistant Referee Two Adam Jekkel
  • Fourth Official Michal Ocenáš
  • Referee Observer Pascal Pierre Garibian
  • Assistant Video Assistant Referee Edwin Van De Graaf
  • Video Assistant Referee Kevin Blom

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 2" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 2" Serhiy Sydorchuk (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 3" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 3" Andriy Lunin (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 4" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Oleksandr Zubkov (Ukraine).
  • 5" Denys Popov (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 9" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 9" Valeriy Bondar (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 10" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 10" Andriy Lunin (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 10" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 10" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 11" Oleksandr Syrota (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Mykhailo Mudryk (Ukraine) misses the target.
  • 14" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 14" Denys Popov (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 16" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) misses the target.
  • 17" Vitaliy Mykolenko (Ukraine) misses the target.
  • 18" Mykhailo Mudryk (Ukraine) misses the target.
  • 20" Mykhailo Mudryk (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 20" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 21" Valeriy Bondar (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 21" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Oleksandr Syrota (Ukraine).
  • 23" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Artem Dovbyk (Ukraine).
  • 23" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 24" Artem Dovbyk (Ukraine) misses the target.
  • 25" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vitaliy Mykolenko (Ukraine).
  • 25" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine).
  • 27" Oleksandr Syrota (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 28" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 29" Denys Popov (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 29" Serhiy Sydorchuk (Ukraine) has a shot blocked.
  • 29" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 30" Oleksandr Zubkov (Ukraine) has an effort on goal.
  • 30" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 36" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 36" Andriy Lunin (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 37" Artem Dovbyk (Ukraine) is flagged for offside.
  • 40" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) takes the corner.
  • 44" Vitaliy Mykolenko (Ukraine) has a shot blocked.
  • 44" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 44" Mykhailo Mudryk (Ukraine) takes the corner.
  • 45" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 45+1" Oleksandr Syrota (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 45+2" Mykhailo Mudryk (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45+3" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 45+4" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) has an effort on goal.
  • 45+4" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 46" Viktor Tsygankov (in) - Oleksandr Zubkov (out) (@@teamID)
  • 46" Mykhailo Mudryk (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 46" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 46" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 46" Denys Popov (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 47" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Viktor Tsygankov (Ukraine).
  • 49" Viktor Tsygankov (Ukraine) scores!
  • 50" Artem Dovbyk (Ukraine) has a shot blocked.
  • 50" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 50" Taras Kacharaba (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 50" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Denys Popov (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 52" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 52" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 52" Andriy Lunin (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 53" Denys Popov (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 54" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Serhiy Sydorchuk (Ukraine).
  • 54" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 55" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) has an effort on goal.
  • 55" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 62" Dara O'Shea (in) - John Egan (out) (@@teamID)
  • 64" Viktor Tsygankov (Ukraine) takes the corner.
  • 65" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 65" Valeriy Bondar (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 69" Michael Obafemi (in) - Callum Robinson (out) (@@teamID)
  • 69" Alan Browne (in) - Cyrus Christie (out) (@@teamID)
  • 69" James McClean (in) - Enda Stevens (out) (@@teamID)
  • 70" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine).
  • 70" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Viktor Tsygankov (Ukraine).
  • 72" Oleksandr Karavaev (in) - Taras Kacharaba (out) (@@teamID)
  • 72" Oleksandr Pikhalonok (in) - Mykhailo Mudryk (out) (@@teamID)
  • 72" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Viktor Tsygankov (Ukraine) is flagged for offside.
  • 73" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Denys Popov (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 74" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 74" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 75" Andriy Lunin (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 77" Vitaliy Mykolenko (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 78" Vitaliy Mykolenko (Ukraine) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 78" CJ Hamilton (in) - Chiedozie Ogbene (out) (@@teamID)
  • 79" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 79" Andriy Lunin (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 79" CJ Hamilton (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" Valeriy Bondar (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 80" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 80" Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 80" Danylo Sikan (in) - Artem Dovbyk (out) (@@teamID)
  • 82" Oleksandr Syrota (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on CJ Hamilton (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 82" Oleksandr Pikhalonok (Ukraine) has a shot blocked.
  • 82" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 83" Valeriy Bondar (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 83" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 83" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 85" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 87" Denys Popov (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 88" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 89" Danylo Ihnatenko (in) - Serhiy Sydorchuk (out) (@@teamID)
  • 89" Andriy Lunin (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 89" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Danylo Ihnatenko (Ukraine).
  • 89" Danylo Ihnatenko (Ukraine) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) is penalised for a foul on Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+3" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+3" Danylo Ihnatenko (Ukraine) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+5" Viktor Tsygankov (Ukraine) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+5" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+5" Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine) takes the corner.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Ukraine

Corners Won

6 4

Shots on Target

4 4

Shots off Target

3 5

Fouls Committed

10 12
  • Republic of Ireland

    Ukraine

  • 0Goals1
  • 1Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 4Shots on Goal4
  • 3Shots Wide5
  • 6Shot(s) Blocked5
  • 9Save(s)10
  • 13Total Shots14
  • 10Fouls Committed12
  • 6Corner(s)4
  • 8Offside(s)2