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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Ukraine reaches Euro 2020 as Ronaldo hits a milestone

Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 on Monday to clinch a place in Euro 2020 despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th career goal. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Ukraine reaches Euro 2020 as Ronaldo hit a milestone
Ukraine reaches Euro 2020 as Ronaldo hit a milestone

Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko score two goals for Ukraine after 27 minutes.

Although Ronaldo scored his historic goal from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute and Taras Stepanenko was sent off, Ukraine retained their top spot in Group B.

Ukraine joins Poland, Russia, Italy and Belgium already qualified in the finals next summer. While Portugal, which has eight points and is eight points behind Serbia, leaving two points to Serbia after defeating Lithuania 2-1.

“There are days like this, where the ball just does not want to come in,” said Portuguese midfielder Danilo. “No need to do the math now: we just have to win the next two matches to reach the Euro 2020.”

Yaremchuk jumped close in the sixth minute. The central striker reacted faster after Rui Patricio dipped to ward off Serhiy Kryvtsov’s head from a corner and punch the ball across the line.

Ukraine reaches Euro 2020 as Ronaldo hits a milestone
Ukraine reaches Euro 2020 as Ronaldo hits a milestone

Yarmolenko added the second goal, overtaking the Portuguese defense to complete a quick counterattack with a low, sharp shot for the first time.

Portugal dominated the second half and finally made a breakthrough when Stepanenko blocked an arm-shot, receiving his orders before Ronaldo whistled the penalty to score 700 goals for the club and the country.

The goal was his 95th for Portugal. The 34-year-old has just 14 goals behind the historic international record of 109 held by former Iranian striker Ali Daei.

While the exact number of goals scored by some legends of the game is the subject of debate, Ronaldo has agreed to be the sixth player to reach the 700 after the Austrian Josef Bican, Brazilians Romario and Pelé, the Hungarian Ferenc Puskas and the German Gerd Muller.

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Ukraine stances against Luxembourg in Euro Cup 2020 qualification

The Yellow Blues opened the score very early in the match. with the header by Ukrainian striker Roman Yaremchuk who used a good chance after the pass from his teammate midfielder Ruslan Malinovsky. Then, defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko tried his good fortune, but the ball smashes the crossbar.

After that, the guests managed to level up the game, and the trickery was recovered. However, Ukrainians who had compensated a gigantic effort in the preceding game were looking tired. Football devotees from around the world can buy Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets online confidently.

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Ukraine defeats Luxembourg in Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers

A hard-earned by 1-0 was all they could put up that day. But, it’s still a conquest and another three points in the pocket of ex Ukrainian striker and manager Andriy Shevchenko’s boys. The national soccer squad of Ukraine carries on to lead the way in Group B, with 10 points scored in four competitions.

Lviv Arena will host another game of this qualifying stage of Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers. Both the teams will try to display their best abilities, combinations, and strategies to win this match. It was a very interesting football match in the Euro Cup 2020 qualification stage.

On points table, Ukraine is on 1st position and has 7 points. On points, table position of Luxembourg is 2nd and has 4 points. The preferred team is Ukraine, But Luxembourg will try to show their best skills to take minimum one point or triumph.

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Ukraine defeats the opponents after a tough competition

In last 5 matches, Ukraine has scored 8 goals and 5 goals have been scored against them. In last 5 matches, Luxembourg has also scored 8 goals and 8 goals have been scored against them. In the last 4 battles between Ukraine and Luxembourg, Ukrainian players have outclassed Luxembourg every time.

In this match, overall ball possession is 62.1% in the favor of Ukraine and 37.9% in the favor of Luxembourg. 14 shots on goal were hit by Ukraine and 13 shots on goal were hit by Luxembourg. 3 shots on target were made by Ukraine and 5 shots on target were made by Luxembourg.

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UEFA rejects Portugal and Luxembourg protests in Ukraine’s Moraes case

The Brazilian plays for the national team of Ukraine; the appeal board acknowledged that the Brazilian was performing legally for Ukraine team. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

UEFA’s supervisory, ethical and disciplinary body has declined the complaint lodged by Portugal and Luxembourg in the case of Junior Moraes, player of the Ukrainian national football team. The calls concerned the Moraes appearances during the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The president of the Ukrainian Football Federation Andriy Pavelko published on Facebook, The UEFA Appeals Committee rejected the appeals of Portugal and Luxembourg in the case of Junior Moraes.

UEFA rejects Portugal and Luxembourg protests in Ukraine's Moraes case
UEFA rejects Portugal and Luxembourg protests in Ukraine’s Moraes case

This is another important victory for Ukrainian football and a confirmation of the legal nature of Moraes’ performances for the Ukrainian team in games against Portugal and Luxembourg. I wish Moraes a speedy recovery and the opportunity to prove himself in future National Team games.

UEFA’s supervisory and disciplinary body has confirmed that Júnior Moraes has the right to play in the Ukrainian team football matches with Portugal and Luxembourg! We will always protect the national team and it’s player’s true patriots of Ukraine both in UEFA and FIFA.

Júnior proved that he was his patriot. While many football players left Ukraine at the start of the war in Donbas, Moraes remained loyal to our country. He chose her as the new homeland of his family and made a conscious civil choice in favor of our state.

UEFA rejects Portugal and Luxembourg protests in Ukraine's Moraes case
UEFA rejects Portugal and Luxembourg protests in Ukraine’s Moraes case

Bravo, Moraes! I wish him success and goals for the main team of Ukraine! I invite the fans of the team to support the footballer in the next matches with Serbia and Luxembourg, which will take place in Lviv at the beginning of June! Glory to Ukraine!

After the match Ukraine – Portugal (0: 0) and the match Ukraine – Luxembourg (2: 1), the football officials of these states have lodged a complaint against UEFA – they accused the Ukrainian Football Federation of violating the rules of naturalization Shakhtar striker Júnior Moraes. The Ukrainian team could have lost points in games with Moraes.

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Ukraine beats Serbia in Euro Cup 2020 Qualifiers

The Ukrainian national football team represents Ukraine in the football world and is organized by the Ukrainian Association of Football, the managing body for soccer in Ukraine. After Ukrainian Freedom and their splinter from the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian team played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992.

Their major success on the world stage was getting their way to the quarter-finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which also marked the team’s first entry into the finals of a major tournament. As the host country, Ukrainian’s automatically qualified for Euro cup 2012.

Ukraine qualified for Euro 2016 through the play-off route, the first time in the history qualifying for the Euro cup through the qualifying process. As they finished in third place in their qualifying group due to their bad performances. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

This marked the first time in Ukraine’s five play-off presences that it managed to win such a tie, previously having been unsuccessful in the play-off ties for the Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, 2010 World Cup and 2014 World Cup. The Ukrainian team has to compete with Luxembourg, Serbia, Portugal, and Lithuania in the euro cup 2020 qualifiers.

The national football team of Ukraine continues its winning hike in the B Group of Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers. Ukraine Beats Serbia by 5-0, a brilliant win for the Ukraine team who leads the B Group. Ukraine’s national football team hosted the Serbian team in the qualifying game of the Europe cup 2020 Championship at Arena Lviv.

The Ukraine team started the match confidently, but the Serbian players succeeded to equal the game. However, in the mid of the first half, Tsygankov did a double shot closing Oleksandr Karavayev’s shot at first, and then precisely knocked out for a free-kick.

At the beginning of the second half, Yevhen Konoplyanka with a firm left shift made the score thrilling. After that, the Ukrainian players simply waited for the chance to outflow into a fast response. At first, Karavayev made another assist on Roman Yaremchuk, who scored his first goal for the national team. And then, Konoplyanka drew a double, once again shifting from left to center to the penalty.

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