Ukraine claimed first place in UEFA Nations League Group 1 in League B, as Andriy Shevchenko's squad defeated Czechs. The 1-0 win in a home game in Kharkiv's Metallist Arena let Ukraine get another three points, which made it possible for the team to climb to the top of the group's rankings.
Ukrainians did enough already in the first half, keeping the ball and, consequently, the initiative. Genk's midfielder Ruslan Malynovsky made the first attempt to score, which proved unsuccessful but the second attempt ended up in a goal.
The Czechs rarely could find ways to pierce the defenses of the Yellow Blues. However, even when they did, goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov did enough for a clean sheet. Czech Republic's Pavlenko also did his best to avoid any more goals.
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.