Ukraine survived a second-half fightback from North Macedonia to spice up their hopes of reaching the final 16 at Euro 2020 with a 2-1 victory in Bucharest.
Andriy Shevchenko’s group took cost of the Group C sport with first-half targets from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk, who each scored within the opening 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands, however Ukraine allowed their opponents again into the sport after the break.
Ezgjan Alioski pulled a objective again on 57 minutes, scoring from the rebound after his penalty was saved. Ruslan Malinovskyi missed a late spot-kick for Ukraine who held on for his or her first win at a significant match since Euro 2012, after they had been co-hosts.
An open first half-hour noticed each groups go shut with Napoli’s Elif Elmas miscuing a shot into the aspect netting and Yarmolenko taking pictures broad. The West Ham ahead gained a nook as Stole Dimitrievski turned his shot broad, then scored from the set piece with 29 minutes gone. Malinovskyi’s supply was flicked on by Oleksandr Karavaev for Yarmolenko to score on the far publish.
5 minutes later it was 2-0 as North Macedonia’s suspect three-man defensive position performed Yaremchuk onside. The Gent ahead timed his run to race onto Yarmolenko’s diagonal go and drill the ball inside Dimitrievski’s far publish. Karavaev nearly scored a 3rd earlier than half time, whereas North Macedonia ahead Goran Pandev was denied by the offside flag after his intelligent chip beat the Ukraine keeper, Georgiy Bushchan.
At half-time the North Macedonia coach, Igor Angelovski, switched to a again 4 and introduced on ahead Aleksandar Trajkovski. The attacking adjustments had a right away impact, with Pandev organising Enis Bardhi who examined Bushchan at his close to publish. Malinovskyi pressured a save from Dimitrievski on the different finish earlier than North Macedonia grabbed a lifeline.
From a brief nook, Bushchan brilliantly turned Aleksandar Trajkovski’s shot onto the underside of the bar. Pandev stole in forward of Karavaev on the far publish, forcing the Ukraine defender to make contact and concede a penalty. Bushchan saved Alioski’s penalty however the Leeds participant reacted neatly to smash house the rebound.
Viktor Tsygankov and Artem Besedin got here on for Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk with 20 minutes to go, and Tsygankov missed an opportunity to make issues extra comfy for Ukraine, firing broad from 15 yards out. North Macedonia substitute Daniel Avramovski then dealt with the ball whereas blocking Malinovskyi’s free kick – a choice awarded by way of VAR after the Argentinian referee, Fernando Rapallini, checked the pitchside monitor.
Atalanta midfielder Malinovskyi stepped up however was denied by Dimitrievski – the fourth penalty miss from 5 taken in whole at Euro 2020 up to now. North Macedonia poured ahead looking for an equaliser however couldn’t discover the equaliser, with Trajkovski firing broad with a hopeful late effort from 18 yards out.
Ukraine transfer stage on three factors with with Netherlands and Austria, who meet in Amsterdam afterward Thursday. North Macedonia want an Austrian win in Amsterdam to take care of any hope of reaching the final 16.