Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers: Tactical analysis of Portugal vs Ukraine

Ukraine against Portugal was a central fixture in Group B of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualification phase. Ukraine led by five points going into the game and was looking to all but seal top spot in the group. Football fans can book Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets from our website on exclusively discounted prices. 

Portugal was not only looking to up, chasing Ukraine, but also wary of Serbia not too far behind them. They needed to grab a win to sit comfortably in an automatic qualification spot.

Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers: Tactical analysis of Portugal vs Ukraine
Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers: Tactical analysis of Portugal vs Ukraine

This tactical analysis will look at Ukraine’s pivotal 2-1 win over Portugal. The analysis will examine the tactics of both of these teams and how they approached the clash.

Ukraine building up

Ukraine would build up with their full-backs, Karavaev and Mykolenko, pushed up high much like Portugal. Stepanenko would drop back to help the centre-backs play out from the back. He would also be joined by one or even both of Malinovskiy and Zinchenko.

This helped them circulate the ball near the back but they would need to progress it. The aforementioned balls in behind were one tool and the positioning of Marlos also had a dual purpose. Playing as the false nine he would vacate the forward areas and roam in between the Portuguese lines.

Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers: Tactical analysis of Portugal vs Ukraine
Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers: Tactical analysis of Portugal vs Ukraine

He would then offer an option for Ukraine to bypass Portugal’s midfield lines with him having the technical qualities to play in tight areas. His positioning also allowed Yaremchuk and Yarmolenko to move centrally and make runs out of the half-spaces.

They could either make these runs wide or towards the centre between the fullbacks and Centre backs. These were the sort of runs that brought them success with those balls in behind.

Portugal used an aggressive man-orientated press to force Ukraine into sending the ball long. This was certainly an effective ploy especially considering Ukraine’s willingness to sit without the ball. When they did drop back, they also moved to 4-5-1 shape. This midfield five wouldn’t be in a compact line necessarily but would rather man-mark.

Portugal with the ball

When building up, Portugal would have Guerreiro and Semedo push up the pitch. Danilo, as the single-pivot, would then fall back to assist Pepe and Dias during the build-up. Moutinho and Mario would usually stay advanced of Danilo to offer passing lanes between the lines.

Of the two, Mario would most frequently drop deep to get involved in the build-up. Guedes and Silva would stay wide to try to stretch the Ukraine shape. This was possible to open up the space for runs in behind the Ukraine defence.

Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers: Tactical analysis of Portugal vs Ukraine
Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers: Tactical analysis of Portugal vs Ukraine

Ukraine would use a high press infrequently and often press to deter possession in the central areas. When not in the deep block, their defensive shape would look like a 4-3-1-2. Marlos would drop back and mark Danilo while Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk would tuck in to put pressure on the Portuguese central defenders.

At times, they were able to force the ball back to Patricio and eventually long balls were played disrupting Portugal’s build-up. But this fairly narrow shape would play into Portugal use of width which will be detailed in an upcoming section. To enjoy the most exciting matches, grab your Portugal.

Ukraine attacking

With them sitting so deep for long portions of the game, Ukraine had a few avenues to provide an attacking threat. Set-pieces would’ve been one they would aim to use and this gave them their opening goal. They weren’t able to generate any more chances from set-pieces for the rest of the contest.

Ukraine’s primary threat was the ball in behind the Portugal defence. The visitors employed quite a high line and left space for Ukraine to find runners. These balls were predominantly to the wingers, Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk who would make runs into the wide areas.

There they would try to beat their markers and failing that, they could start to circulate possession higher up the pitch. The space in behind didn’t have to be that vast for them to threaten as their second goal proved.

Conclusion

Ukraine pulled off an impressive win that wasn’t all smooth sailing. They did well to handle the barrage of crosses from attacks out wide. The hosts now sit eight points clear and already with one eye to the tournament next year.

Portugal, on the other hand, will be disappointed in defeat and needing to bounce back against Lithuania and Luxembourg. Serbia is now only a point behind them with two fixtures left, so it’ll certainly be a tense end to the group.

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Euro 2020 – Rakitsky announced the completion of a career in the national team of Ukraine

The ex-defender of Donetsk Shakhtar announced the completion of an international career for the blue-yellow squad. The footballer of the Russian Premier League club St. Petersburg Zenith announced his retirement on Instagram. Football fans can book Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Congratulations, the Ukrainian team, with access to EURO 2020, I wish you success, you guys are great, the game is great. 10 years ago I made my debut for the main Team, and today I say goodbye. I am leaving the Ukrainian team. I was waiting for a call from the Team throughout 2019. 

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Euro 2020 – Rakitsky announced the completion of a career in the national team of Ukraine

But big football has become big politics. It is fear that guides the people who send invitations to the national team. Do you appeal to the skills of football skills? Is football out of politics?

It was an honor for me to defend the National Team of my country, the honor of winning and proving the strength of the Ukrainians. The honor of representing the colors of my flag in the international arena. Thanks to everyone who supported and those who did not support, you charged even harder.

I always fought for the victory on the football field for Ukraine! I wish you only gold awards! Thank you!.Yaroslav made his debut in the national team on October 10, 2009 in a match with England.He has 54 fights including 4 goals and 3 assists. His last fight for the blue-yellow Rakitsky played on October 16 2018.

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Euro 2020 – Rakitsky said he always fought for the victory on the football field for Ukraine

He played this match against the Czech team. The defender ceased to be called to the main team of the country after moving to the Russian Zenith.

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Euro 2020 – Yarik did not leave the national team, but he was kicked out

About six months ago, we shared the joy with our readers that it became easier to breathe fresh air arrived in the lungs, shoulders straightened. Indeed, at that time for almost 7 months in the national team of Ukraine was not Yaroslav Rakitsky.

In two paragraphs written from the bosom of an enemy country, Yarik made a bunch of system errors. No wonder, because he never differed in intelligence. Football fans can book Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – Yarik is a very intelligent player and important part of the team

And then it is useless to him personally or his personal fans to explain something, but you need to summarize the medical history in order to avoid it in the future. Big football has become big politics, football has always been it. Big sport is a reflection of the processes taking place in society. Only stupid or hypocrites blindly continue to share these things.

“It is fear that guides the people who send invitations to the national team”

If there was no resonance associated with the name of Yaroslav Rakitsky among journalists, Andrei Shevchenko, and his assistants/leaders/ associates would be tempted to continue to invite a person to the national team who should not be there on ideological terms. 

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Euro 2020 – Yarik did not leave the national team, but he was kicked out

Public outcry, not fear. Although it is not surprising that Yarik confuses concepts. After all, where he lives and works at the present time, the concept of public resonance, if it exists, does not have any influence. It is suppressed by the fear of being a victim of a dictatorial regime.

Therefore, we are proud that we added, perhaps, only one drop to this sea of ​​public resonance, but this is enough to bring a tear to our asset – it was not without reason that we worked during it.

“You are not appealing to the skills of football mastery ”

These are already echoes of school mathematics lessons, which Yarik obviously skipped. Otherwise, I could have counted the number of goals conceded by the Ukrainian team without participating in the Euro 2020 qualification and would have come up with a simple result.

The defense of the Ukrainian team is one of the best in Europe. Fortunately this defense does not work like the defense of “Zenith”, led by Yarik in the Champions League.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Defense of Ukraine team does not work like the defense of Zenith as led by Yarik in the Champions League.

And now we can state joy as a stable state of mind – the disease has been completely overcome, the diagnosis will remain only on paper. The recovery process progressed and reached its peak, a point of no return at the right time before the 2020 Euro Cup, where we will be represented by a good team.

And in vain the virus lurked, entered the phase of remission, preparing to infect the cells of the recovering organism again. The plan did not work. And even the last attack, already carried out in convulsions from the powerful action of drugs, can cause diarrhea, but not a general weakening of the body.

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Euro 2020 – Bezus about not calling to the national team was not upset at all

Attacking midfielder for K.A.A. Gent in the Belgian Pro League Roman Bezus did not receive a call to the national team of Ukraine for matches with Estonia and Serbia, is not upset and continues to work. Roman said this time I didn’t get on the list of players called to the national team. 

I am not at all upset with this. I continue to work. Who would call a performer who does not play in his club? Now I began to take to the field more often, so I do not lose hope in the future to be useful again for my team. Football fans can book Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers -Bezus did not receive a call to the national team for matches with Estonia and Serbia

Blue-yellow has already secured access to the final part of Euro 2020. Our team deservedly won first place. I think no body will dispute with this. The team revealed high-quality, interesting football, even in matches with its main competitors. In the selection of the national team of Ukraine, it remains to hold one match of the selection against Serbia.

According to Bezus the opponent has crazy motivation. Given the score with which the Serbs lost in Ukraine and, knowing the temper of the Serbian fans who will drive the team forward, I think the game will be very serious.Moreover, the Balkans still have a chance to break into the final of the Euro 2020 Championship.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Bezus said we have many trump cards in this fight against Serbia

We have many trump cards in this fight against Serbia. Our guys need to play their own football. Boys need to play their natural game without any pressure. If the coaching is completed, then the final result will be in favor of blue-yellow.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Zinchenko and Shved included in Ukraine team for matches with Serbia and Estonia

Football manager and former professional footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea, and the Ukraine national team as a striker Andriy Shevchenko called the composition of the national team of Ukraine for the next two matches. Football fans can book Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

On November 11, in Kiev, the Ukrainian team will begin a training camp, and on November 14 in Zaporozhye will hold a friendly match with Estonia. On November 17, the team of Andriy Shevchenko is waiting for the final match of the selection for Euro 2020 against Serbia.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Andriy Shevchenko called the composition of the Ukraine team for the next 2 matches

Shevchenko announced the composition of 25 players who are called up for the next two matches. There is an injured midfielder, Manchester City, Alexander Zinchenko.

The national team of Ukraine for Euro 2020 qualifiers:

Goalkeepers include Andrey Pyatov of Shakhtar Donetsk, Andrey Lunin of Spanish club Real Valladolid, and Yuri Pankiv of Alexandria.

Defenders include Alexander Karavaev, Vitaly Mikolenko, Artem Shabanov are from Ukrainian Premier League club Dynamo, Sergey Bolbat, Sergey Krivtsov, Nikolay Matvienko are from Shakhtar Donetsk, Igor Plastun from Belgian First Division A club Gent, and Eduard Sobol who plays as a defender for Club Brugge on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Injured midfielder of Manchester City Alexander Zinchenko also included into the squad

Midfielders include Evgeny Konoplyanka, Marlos, Victor Kovalenko of Shakhtar Donetsk, Vitaliy Buyalsky, Victor Tsygankov, Vladimir Shepelev, Sergey Sidorchuk of  Ukrainian Premier League club Dynamo, and Andrey Yarmolenko of West Ham United which is England Premier League club.

Midfielders also include  Alexander Zinchenko of  England Premier League club Manchester City, Ruslan Malinovsky of Serie A club Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio of Italy, Evgeny Shakhov of Serie A club Unione Sportiva Lecceof Italy, and Maryan Shved of Scottish Premiership club Celtic based in Glasgow Scotland.

Forwards include Roman Yaremchuk from Belgian First Division A club Gent of Belgium and, Junior Moraes of Donetsk Shakhtar.

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