LIVE: Ukraine vs Austria

LIVE: Ukraine vs Austria

46′ Ukraine get us back underway for the second half! 

V. Tsygankov

R. Malinovskyi

Ukraine

46′ Substitution Ruslan Malinovskyi Viktor Tsygankov

As things stand, Austria sit second in Group C and are on course to reach the knockout stages for the first time. They were on top from the first whistle and Foda will be looking for more of the same. As for Ukraine, they’ve struggled to deal with Austria’s game plan so far and could do with making a change that will see them get their forward players more involved in the match.

Baumgartner gives Austria a 1-0 lead at half-time. Foda’s team dominated in the first half and arguably should’ve taken a bigger lead into the break due to some of the great chances Arnautovic missed. Baumgartner found the back of the net though when he got ahead of Zabarnyi to poke Alaba’s corner past Bushchan. At the other end, Shaparenko had Ukraine’s only shot, but it was parried away by Bachmann.

45′ + 4′ HALF-TIME: UKRAINE 0-1 AUSTRIA.

45′ + 2′ CHANCE! It’s another quick break from Austria and Sabitzer brings it down on the edge of the box. He loses his footing but manages to square it to Arnautovic, but it’s another tame shot from him which is straight into Bushchan’s gloves.

45′ It’s well worked down the left by Malinovsky before laying it off to Zinchenko, and he plays in Yaremshuk with his first touch. The forward is forced wide by Dragovic but can’t sort his feet out and end up putting it out for a goal-kick.

43′ WHAT A CHANCE! Sabitzer plays a great throughball down the right for Schopf and he plays a perfectly weighted low cross to Arnautovic in the middle of the box. It’s a poor finish from him though as he guides it wide of the far post.

41′ Yarmolenko initially does really well to hold onto the ball under pressure from Grillitsch as he drives forward down the right, but nobody gets up with him in support and Alaba gets across to dispossess him.

39′ Schlager nicks it off Sydorchuk in midfield again and tries to poke it through for Sabitzer. He touches it past Matvyenko but can’t follow it into the box as he’s blocked off by Zabarnyi.

37′ SAVE! Austria are still getting a lot of joy down their left side and it’s Lainer that’s picked out in the box this time. He takes it around Karavaev before curling a shot towards the far top corner, but it’s punched away by Bushchan.

35′ Austria are still dominating possession here and are knocking it around in Ukraine’s half. It’s worked out to Lainer on the right and he picks out Laimer on the edge of the box, but his volley is blocked by Zabarnyi.

A. Schöpf

C. Baumgartner

Austria

33′ The goal scorer, Baumgartner, is being taken straight down the tunnel and Schopf is on in his place.

32′ Baumgartner has gone down off the ball twice in the last few minutes and it looks like he’s really struggling after that head clash earlier in the game. This time he’s led off the field by the medical team and Austria are going to have to make a change here.

31′ This is just the second time Austria have ever scored the first goal in a European Championship match (ninth game in the competition), previously doing so against North Macedonia on MD1 (a 3-1 win).

29′ GOOD SAVE! Malinovsky threads it through to Shaparenko and he wrongfoots Dragovic before drilling a low shot across goal. Bachmann parries it away and it’s just behind Yarmolenko, who can’t do anything with the rebound.

27′ Schlager makes another good interception in midfield and tries to pick out Arnautovic’s run through the middle when he sees him pull away Matvyenko. It’s overhit though and a comfortable collection for Bushchan.

25′ Ukraine’s frustration is growing here as they just can’t keep hold of the ball at the moment. Yarmolenko makes another good run down the right but runs straight into Alaba and loses possession again.

23′ As things stand, Austria have now moved above Ukraine into second place in the group and they’re the ones heading into the last 16.

Austria

21′ That was Austria’s fifth corner of the game and it was another good delivery from Alaba which resulted in Baumgartner finding the back of the net.

Austria

21′ AUSTRIA LEAD! It’s another good corner from Alaba and Baumgartner gets goalside of Zabarnyi on the edge of the six-yard box. He sticks out a leg and sends the ball past Bushchan and into the back of the net. 1-0 Austria! 

19′ There was a clash of heads when the Ukraine corner was swung into the box and Zabarnyl and Baumgartner are down. The medical teams give them some treatment, and they’re both quickly back to their feet and will be able to carry on.

18′ Bushchan goes long to Yaremchuk and he cushions it down for Malinovskiy before continuing his run to get the return pass. Dragovic sticks out a leg to block it and gives away a corner, which comes to nothing.

16′ CHANCE! Karavaev plays a blind pass back to Matvyenko which is intercepted by Arnautovic and he turns on the edge of the box before having a shot. Zabarnyi makes an important block though and puts it out for a corner.

14′ Ukraine break quickly every time they win back possession and it’s a great switch out to Karavaev by Mykolenko. The right-back carries it all the way to the byline but Hinteregger recovers brilliantly to block his way into the box.

12′ Austria push forward again and Schlager switches it out to Laimer on the right when he can’t find any space. He pulls away from Zinchenko, but is eventually crowded off the ball before he can put a cross into the box,

10′ Ukraine just can’t get out of their own half at the moment and they’re on the backfoot as Austria win another corner. Alaba swings a good cross into the box which Dragovic meets in the middle, but he glances his header wide.

8′ Arnautovic’s first touch is intercepted by Matvyenko, but it loops back up to him after a clumsy clearance and he nods it across to Sabitzer. He hits the shot first time, but it’s always rising and flies high over the bar.

6′ Austria are on the attack again now and Baumgartner quickly works it into Sabitzer on the edge of the box. He sets himself before drilling a low shot at the near post, but it’s blocked by Zabarnyl.

4′ Karavaev’s throw-in catches out Alaba and Yarmolenko has so much space to run into down the right. He takes it to the byline before pulling it back to the near post, but it’s comfortably collected by Bachmann.

2′ It’s touched through to Schlager on the right and he makes a brilliant run down the right, in behind Mykolenko. He pulls it back for Laimer, but a heavy first touch from him gives Zinchenko the chance to poke it behind for a corner.

1′ Sabitzer gets the game underway for Austria! 

The teams are out on the pitch, the national anthems have been sung, and kick-off is just moments away!

Austria have lost their last group stage game in each of their last three major tournament appearances, losing to Italy at the 1998 World Cup, Germany at Euro 2008 and Iceland at Euro 2016.

Franco Foda makes two changes to the team that lost to Netherlands on Thursday. Grillitsch and Arnautovi, who served a one-match ban for insulting an opposing player, come in, with Gregoritsch and Ulmer starting on the bench.

Shevchenko makes just the one change to his side after their win over North Macedonia last time out. Sydorchuk is brought into the midfield for Stepanenko, who drops to the bench.

AUSTRIA SUBS: Alexander Schlager, Sasa Kalajdzic, Karim Onisiwo, Michael Gregoritsch, Philipp Lienhart, Stefan Ilsanker, Stefan Posch, Louis Schaub, Pavao Pervan, Andreas Ulmer, Alessandro Schopf, Christopher Trimmel.

AUSTRIA STARTING XI (4-3-2-1): Daniel Bachmann; Stefan Lainer, Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger, David Alaba; Konrad Laimer, Xaver Schlager, Florian Grillitsch; Christoph Baumgartner, Marcel Sabitzer; Marko Arnautovic.

UKRAINE SUBS: Heorhii Sudakov, Andriy Pyatov, Anatolii Trubin, Marlos Bonfim, Viktor Tsygankov, Artem Dovbyk, Evgeniy Makarenko, Taras Stepanenko, Sergey Krivtsov, Artem Besedin, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Eduard Sobol.

UKRAINE STARTING XI (4-3-3): Georgi Buschchan; Oleksandr Karavaev, Illia Zabarnyi, Mykola Matvyenko, Vitalii Mykolenko; Mykola Shaparenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk, Ruslan Malinovskiy.

With the Netherlands already having won Group C, Ukraine and Austria are playing for second place. Both sides have won one and lost one of their games at the tournament so far, with Ukraine currently occupying the other qualifying spot due to having scored more goals. For Andriy Shevchenko’s side, avoiding defeat will be enough for them to reach the last 16, while Austria need to win to leapfrog their opponents into second.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Euro 2020 Group C meeting between Ukraine and Austria at the National Arena in Bucharest!

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