Ukraine get better from lacking World Cup to beat ROI


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Ukraine players celebrate the winner
Ukraine’s Viktor Tsigankov scored inside three minutes of approaching as a half-time substitute

The Republic of Eire’s depressing begin to the Nations League continued as a much-changed Ukraine recovered from lacking out on World Cup qualification to assert a slim win in Dublin.

It was one other admirable efficiency from Ukraine amid the turmoil of their nation following the Russian invasion, and one which delighted their vocal supporters on Lansdowne Highway.

For the Republic, nevertheless, it’s additional disappointment following the defeat in Armenia and a consequence that extends their winless sequence on this competitors to 12 video games.

Boss Stephen Kenny has been in cost for eight of these, and whereas he insisted his gamers had moved on shortly from the loss in Yerevan, it was one other ponderous Irish show that lacked a leading edge within the closing third.

Shane Duffy got here closest to scoring for the hosts when his 79th-minute header was tipped on to the crossbar by Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin because the Republic made it 10 aggressive matches with no dwelling win, a run stretching again to June 2019.

Ukraine given heat Dublin reception

Like in Scotland and Wales, Ukraine got a heat reception in Dublin with applause ringing out previous to kick-off because the Irish followers confirmed solidarity with the war-torn nation.

Certainly, there was a poignant second when injured Republic captain Seamus Coleman and the mascots offered the Ukraine supporters with sunflowers – their nation’s nationwide flower – in a show of peace.

With Ukraine having devoted immense emotion and energy to their World Cup bid, boss Oleksandr Petrakov unsurprisingly rung the adjustments with Everton full-back Vitaliy Mykolenko the one participant retained from the defeat in Cardiff.

Shane Duffy
Duffy got here closest to a Republic equaliser when his header was tipped on to the crossbar

And with Ukraine lacking the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko and the Republic clearly low on confidence following Saturday’s depressing end in Yerevan, it was a low-key first half.

Whereas Jason Knight produced a good save from Andriy Lunin with a well-hit 25-yard shot, the Republic’s greatest first-half second arrived when Callum Robinson scampered by means of the Ukraine defence and was felled by Valeriy Bondar just for referee Filip Glova to wave the Irish penalty appeals away.

With no actual urgency from both aspect, the sport was crying out for a aim – and it almost received a superb one, however Taras Kacharaba’s celebrations had been lower brief when his gorgeous volley was dominated out following a VAR verify with Artem Dovbyk deemed offside within the build-up.

There was nothing incorrect with Tsignankov’s aim, nevertheless, because the winger struck the winner inside three minutes of being launched at half-time when his curling free-kick eluded everybody within the field, together with a scrambling Caoimhin Kelleher within the Republic aim.

From there, the Republic huffed and puffed however Duffy’s header was one of the best likelihood they may muster, though Knight blasted a shot over the bar in harm time after an acrobatic Duffy effort was blocked.

At full-time, the Ukraine gamers saluted their 3,500 supporters however it was an all-too-familiar sense of deflation for the Irish, who should regroup in time for Scotland’s go to to Dublin on Saturday whereas Ukraine face Armenia in Poland.


R. of Eire

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Kelleher
  • 12Collins
  • 4Duffy
  • 5EganSubstituted forO’Sheaat 62′minutes
  • 2ChristieSubstituted forBrowneat 69′minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 6CullenBooked at 54mins
  • 3StevensSubstituted forMcCleanat 69′minutes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forObafemiat 69′minutes
  • 20OgbeneSubstituted forHamiltonat 78′minutes
  • 17Knight


  • 8Hourihane
  • 9Keane
  • 10Parrott
  • 11McClean
  • 14Browne
  • 15Molumby
  • 16Talbot
  • 18O’Shea
  • 19Obafemi
  • 21Hamilton
  • 22Ebosele
  • 23Travers


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lunin
  • 4Popov
  • 18Bondar
  • 3Syrota
  • 19KacharabaSubstituted forKaravaevat 72′minutes
  • 5SydorchukSubstituted forIgnatenkoat 88′minutes
  • 10Shaparenko
  • 16MykolenkoBooked at 78mins
  • 20ZubkovSubstituted forTsygankovat 45′minutes
  • 14MudrykSubstituted forPikhalyonokat 72′minutes
  • 11DovbykSubstituted forSikanat 80′minutes


  • 2Sobol
  • 6Ignatenko
  • 7Pikhalyonok
  • 8Malinovskyi
  • 9Sikan
  • 12Pyatov
  • 13Zabarnyi
  • 15Tsygankov
  • 17Zinchenko
  • 21Karavaev
  • 22Matvienko
  • 23Riznyk

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