Ukraine 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland
Report | Ukraine 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Stephen Kenny's side took the lead thanks to a magnificent solo goal from Nathan Collins, but Dovbyk levelled for Ukraine early in the second half.
James McClean captained the side as Stephen Kenny made three changes: Scott Hogan, Darragh Lenihan, and Dara O'Shea. From a cross from Molumby, Jason Knight had an early chance on goal, but it was diverted for a corner.
Malinovskyi got Ukraine's first attempt on target of the game, a well-placed effort that Caoimhin Kelleher saved. Troy Parrott's header from a cross from Knight flashed across the face of the goal, giving the visitors the best chance of the opening exchanges of the first half.
After Mykolenko broke free down the left flank, Kelleher was called into action to make another save after the Irish goalkeeper blocked the low shot with his feet. At the half-hour mark, Ireland took the lead when Nathan Collins latched onto a wayward pass and broke free of the Ukraine defence, striking a well-placed attempt past Riznyk with the outside of his right boot.
Ireland came close to adding a second when Collins and Molumby combined to set up Jason Knight on the edge of the area, but Riznyk saved his effort. Ukraine equalised minutes after the restart as Mykolenko makes a clever move into the area and lay its off to Dovbyk to score his fourth international goal.
Ireland responded to that concession with Troy Parrott's shot from a Jason Knight ball was deflected at the near post for a corner, almost giving the away side the lead again. Knight was the next player to put Riznyk to the test, but his long-range shot was well stopped by the Ukrainian goalkeeper.
Callum Robinson delivered a pass into Ogbene as the game approached full time, but Riznyk cut it out at the crucial moment. Yarmolenko had a chance to win it for Ukraine, but O'Shea made an excellent defensive stop.
With this result, Ireland now has four points heading into the Nations League's last series of games in September.
Ukraine: Riznyk (GK), Sydorchuk, Yarmolenko ©, Malinovskyi (Mudryk 28), Shaparenko, Dovbyk (Sikan 72), Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Zinchenko, Karavaev, Matviyenko (Popov 72).
Subs not used: Lunin (GK), Bondar, Ihnatenko, Tsygankov, Syrota, Sobol.
Republic of Ireland: Kelleher (GK), O’Shea, Lenihan, Cullen, Parrott (Ogbene 80), McClean ©, Collins, Browne, Molumby (Hendrick 67), Knight (Hourihane 67), Hogan (Robinson 56).
Subs not used: O’Leary (GK), Travers (GK), Christie, Stevens, Keane, Manning, Hamilton, Ebosele.
Carlsberg Player of the Match: Nathan Collins
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Preview | Ukraine v Republic of Ireland
Ireland will be looking to build on the 3-0 win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday with a victory over Ukraine, a team they suffered a 1-0 defeat against last week.
Victory for Ireland would put them level on points with Ukraine with two games in the group remaining in September.
Fixture: Ukraine v Republic of Ireland
Competition: UEFA Nations League
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Kick-off: 7.45pm (8.45pm local)
TV: RTE & Premier Sports
Stadium: Stadion Miejski im Wladyslawa Krola
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant 1: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Assistant 2: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Video Assistant Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Abdullah Özkara (TUR)
Shane Duffy misses the match through suspension whilst John Egan has stayed in Ireland for family reasons so both defenders will miss tomorrow's fixture.
Michael Obafemi is also out of the Ukraine match through injury whilst Chiedozie Ogbene could return to action after missing the Scotland match.
Defender Jimmy Dunne has been called into the squad whilst Darragh Lenihan is in contention for his first-ever start for Ireland.
What he said - Ireland manager Stephen Kenny
"It was a big win for us on Saturday and it is up to us to capitalise on it tomorrow against Ukraine. We know Ukraine are a really good side and we'll have to make changes but we should have confidence which is an important factor.
"It's a tight turnaround for both teams so we need to train well this evening and be at it tomorrow morning. We'll miss John and Shane of course but it is a good chance for the others to step up.
"Michael has been ruled out unfortunately whereas Chiedozie is working hard to make himself available for the match so we'll have to see tomorrow and what changes need to be made."
What he said - Ireland defender James McClean
"It was a brilliant day against Scotland, the atmosphere was electric and the quality of our goals was fantastic. We knew we needed to bounce back after the two defeats so to do it like that was really important.
"We know the qualities Ukraine possess but going into the game with confidence having scored three goals gives everyone a bit of a lift.
"To get to 100 caps is definitely the aim. I'm still seven games away so anything can happen in football and you can't take anything for granted in football. The team are improving all of the time so I've got to keep up with that if I'm going to reach 100.
"We're looking to end the camp on a high and a win would put us back in contention at the top of the Nations League group so hopefully we can get the points."
Watch the full pre-match press conference v Ukraine here...
Ukraine v Republic of Ireland - Statistics
- In the only previous meeting between Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland, the Ukrainians came out 1-0 winners in the UEFA Nations League earlier this month.
- The Republic of Ireland have never won an away match in the UEFA Nations League in six attempts (D2 L4), only managing two goals across these six matches. Their last three on the road in the competition have all been 1-0 defeats.
- Last time out against Scotland, Republic of Ireland won their first ever UEFA Nations League game at the 13th attempt (D5 L7). They won the game 3-0, scoring more goals in that win than they had in their first 12 such games combined (2).
- None of Ukraine’s 11 UEFA Nations League games has finished level (W7 L4), and they’ve only failed to find the net in one of those 11 matches (0-4 v Spain in September 2020).
- Eight of Ukraine’s last nine competitive goals have come in the second half of games, including all three in their 3-0 victory against Armenia last time out.
- Following the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 victory over Scotland last time out, they could win consecutive competitive internationals for the first time since under Mick McCarthy in March 2019 (1-0 against Gibraltar and Georgia in Euro 2020 qualifiers).
- No Ukraine player has been involved in more UEFA Nations League goals than Oleksandr Karavaev (3 – 1 goal, 2 assists), while the full back has been involved in four goals in his last four starts in all competitions for the national side (1 goal, 3 assists).
- Since his debut for Republic of Ireland in November 2019, only Callum Robinson (8) has been involved in more goals for the Boys in Green than Troy Parrott (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists). Parrott has made just six starts in that time, averaging a goal or assist every 89 minutes.
Republic of Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Max O'Leary (Bristol City)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Nathan Collins (Burnley), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Jimmy Dunne (QPR).
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).
- 1 Andriy Lunin (G)
- 2 Valeriy Bondar
- 4 Denys Popov
- 6 Danylo Ihnatenko
- 9 Danylo Sikan
- 14 Mykhailo Mudryk
- 15 Viktor Tsygankov
- 18 Oleksandr Syrota
- 19 Eduard Sobol
Republic of Ireland
- 16 Max O'Leary (G)
- 23 Mark Travers (G)
- 2 Cyrus Christie
- 3 Enda Stevens
- 7 Callum Robinson
- 8 Conor Hourihane
- 9 Will Keane
- 13 Jeff Hendrick
- 18 Ryan Manning
- 20 Chiedozie Ogbene
- 21 CJ Hamilton
- 22 Festy Ebosele
- Referee Ali Palabıyık
- Assistant Referees Serkan Olguncan
- UEFA Delegate Michał Listkiewicz
- Assistant Referee Two Ceyhun Sesigüzel
- Fourth Official Hüseyin Göçek
- Referee Observer Markus Strömbergsson
- Assistant Video Assistant Referee Abdullah Özkara
- Video Assistant Referee Mete Kalkavan
- Republic of Ireland
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