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UEFA Nations League: Ukraine debuts with win over Czech Republic

A huge willpower and a goalkeeper's mistake let Shevchenko's team grasp the 1-2 victory from their opponents - moments before the final whistle
08:04, 7 September 2018

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Ukraine's national football team won its first match in the UEFA Nations League. The Yellow Blues defeated the Czechs in the away game (1-2).

Andriy Shevchenko's team showed decent skills, and used some of the options the opponents allowed them to. The Czechs scored early in the first half, but thanks to the efforts of Schalke 04's Yevhen Konoplyanka, the Ukrainian team managed to equalize even before the half-time. Later, the winger could have doubled it, but missed just a bit, sending the ball past the post.

As Ukraine's goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov allowed a mistake in the first half, which led to the goal, Czech Tomáš Vaclík made a step that eventually cost his team a lost goal as well. Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko used that opportunity and secured the victory for Ukraine.

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Now, Ukraine is up to host Slovakia at Arena Lviv; the game is slated for Sunday, September 9.

The UEFA Nations League is a biennial international association football competition to be contested by the senior men's national teams of the member associations of UEFA, the sport's European governing body.

The first tournament commenced in September 2018, following the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The four group winners from League A will qualify for the finals, to be played at a yet to be decided European city in June 2019. Four nations, one from each League, will also qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals.

The competition will largely replace international friendly matches currently played on the FIFA International Match Calendar.

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