THE GAME OF THE YEAR IS UPON US!
In one of the most eagerly anticipated games for Ukraine in recent times, the entire country will have its eyes on Kyiv this evening as the Zbirna take on Portugal in a battle for TOP spot in Group B!
After Friday’s comfortable 2-0 win against bottom side Lithuania, Ukraine need just a point to qualify for the Euros, whilst a win today would guarantee them as Group winners and Pot One seeding at Euro 2020!
Arguably the world’s most well known player, Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to stop that as he chases a 700th career goal and his first ever against Ukraine.
As Oleksandr Zinchenko reminded the press last night; The pressure will be on the visitors as they trail this stellar Ukraine side in the table. ‘There’s nothing to be afraid of, we are playing at home in front of our fans, you couldn’t pick better conditions.’
Andriy Shevchenko, who now has a fully fit squad to choose from is likely to revert to a similar line up that drew 0-0 in Lisbon back in March. Mykolenko is ready according to the coach and he will likely come in for Sobol. Meanwhile, Yaremchuk will replace Moraes. The only uncertainty is who will deputies on the left wing. Will it be Marlos or Konoplyanka?
Ukraine have shown a serious signal of intent throughout this campaign and to secure qualification with a game to go would round off a highly successful year for its players both with their clubs and their country! A strong performance at next year’s Euros would be a necessity after all that has been seen from Shevchenko’s men!
A full house is expected at the Olympiyskyi tonight and with it being Defenders of Ukraine Day there will be added impetus to help the country celebrate this holiday! There will be a number of soldiers in attendance tonight as is customary during countless NT & UPL games!
Here’s our predicted line up:
One more BIG push is needed! Let’s make history tonight!
ЗА УКРАЇНУ, ЗА ЇЇ ВОЛЮ 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦