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Ukraine-Turkey football friendly ends as draw

The teams played a calm 0-0 tie at Antalya Arena
21:37, 20 November 2018

Turkey vs Ukraine, friendly, November 2018
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Ukraine's national football team played an away friendly game against Turkey. Antalya Arena hosted the match on Tuesday night.

In the first half, both teams lacked precision when landing shots on their opponents' goals. Most of the shots were just wide; only in two cases, Ukrainians managed to shoot on goal. The Yellow-Blues also kept the ball more than their opponents did. The Turks actually managed to score, but the referee did not count it because of a foul on a Ukrainian player.

In the second half, the home team scored once again - from the offside. So, it still was 0-0. Eventually, it ended up in a clean sheet for both goalkeepers. 

Ukraine goes for a winter break now - before resuming the football season 2018-2019.

As we reported earlier on Tuesday, head coach of the Turkish team Mircea Lucescu asked to hold the sparring in Turkey. In return, Turks will come to any city of choice of the Federation of Football of Ukraine. As Antalya Arena suffers the aftermath of the rainy weather, the pitch might be in a bad condition; the event's organizers asked the teams to practice on other fields to save the pitch of Antalya Arena.

In October, 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.

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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