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Group B1 - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/09/2018GS-FTUkraine - Slovakia1-0
LvivYarmolenko 80 (P)
2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/09/2015QR (GS)Slovakia - Ukraine0-0Zilina
08/09/2014QR (GS)Ukraine - Slovakia0-1
KyivMak 17
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Slovakia - Squad list
League phase
1Matúš Kozáčik27/12/198334Plzeň - 00
12Marek Rodák13/12/199621Rotherham - 00
23Martin Dúbravka15/01/198929Newcastle - 20
2Peter Pekarík30/10/198632Hertha - 10
3Martin Škrtel15/12/198433Fenerbahçe*20
4Denis Vavro10/04/199622København - 00
14Milan Škriniar11/02/199523Internazionale*20
16David Hancko13/12/199720Fiorentina - 10
5Matúš Bero06/09/199523Vitesse - 00
6Ján Greguš29/01/199127København - 10
7Vladimír Weiss30/11/198928Al-Gharafa - 20
8Ondrej Duda05/12/199423Hertha*20
9Miroslav Stoch19/10/198929Slavia Praha - 00
10Albert Rusnák07/07/199424Real Salt Lake - 10
13Patrik Hrošovský22/04/199226Plzeň - 00
17Marek Hamšík27/07/198731Napoli - 21
18Erik Sabo22/11/199126H. Beer-Sheva - 10
19Juraj Kucka26/02/198731Trabzonspor - 20
20Róbert Mak08/03/199127Zenit - 20
22Stanislav Lobotka25/11/199423Celta - 20
11Adam Nemec02/09/198533Pafos - 20
15Adam Zreľák05/05/199424Nürnberg - 00
21Michal Ďuriš01/06/198830Anorthosis - 00
-Pavel Hapal27/07/196949 - 00
Ukraine - Squad list
League phase
1Denys Boyko29/01/198830Dynamo Kyiv - 00
12Andriy Pyatov28/06/198434Shakhtar Donetsk - 30
23Andriy Lunin11/02/199919Leganés - 00
4Sergii Kryvtsov15/03/199127Shakhtar Donetsk - 10
5Mykyta Burda24/03/199523Dynamo Kyiv - 20
16Vitaliy Mykolenko29/05/199919Dynamo Kyiv - 00
20Igor Plastun20/08/199028Gent - 00
22Mykola Matviyenko02/05/199622Shakhtar Donetsk - 30
2Serhiy Bolbat13/06/199325Shakhtar Donetsk - 00
6Taras Stepanenko08/08/198929Shakhtar Donetsk - 30
7Mykola Shaparenko04/10/199820Dynamo Kyiv - 00
8Ruslan Malinovskiy04/05/199325Genk - 31
9Viktor Kovalenko14/02/199622Shakhtar Donetsk - 00
11Ivan Petriak13/03/199424Ferencváros - 00
14Vitaliy Buyalskiy 06/01/199325Dynamo Kyiv - 00
15Viktor Tsygankov15/11/199721Dynamo Kyiv - 30
17Oleksandr Zinchenko15/12/199621Man. City - 31
19Yevhen Makarenko21/05/199127Anderlecht - 00
21Oleksandr Karavaev02/06/199226Zorya - 30
3Andriy Boryachuk23/04/199622Mariupol - 00
10Yevhen Konoplyanka29/09/198929Schalke - 31
13Marian Shved16/07/199721Karpaty - 00
18Roman Yaremchuk27/11/199522Gent - 30
-Andriy Shevchenko29/09/197642 - 30

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Head coach Only this chapter

Pavel Hapal

Date of birth: 27 July 1969
Nationality: Czech
Playing career: Sigma Olomouc (four times), Dukla Praha, Bayer Leverkusen, Tenerife, Sparta Praha, České Budějovice, Jakubčovice
Coaching career: Opava, Zlín, Baník Ostrava, Nitra, Mladá Boleslav, Žilina, Zaglębie Lubin, Senica, Slovakia Under-21, Sparta Praha, Slovakia

• A versatile attacking midfielder often deployed on the right flank, Hapal represented both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic in the early 1990s, winning a total of 31 senior international caps and scoring one goal.

• Born 50km from Olomouc, Hapal started his playing career with Sigma – the first of four spells at the club – and helped them reach the 1991/92 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. His three goals in a memorable 6-2 aggregate win against Hamburg caught the eye of Bundesliga scouts and prompted a move to Leverkusen, where he remained for three years, winning the DFB-Pokal in 1992/93.

• Pursued his career in the Spanish Liga with Tenerife, where he also spent three seasons, before returning to his Czech homeland in 1998 and hanging up his boots four years later.

• Went straight into coaching, serving a succession of Czech clubs before making his name across the border in Slovakia – firstly by leading Nitra to a third-placed finish in 2007/08, then by steering Žilina to a record-equalling fifth Slovakian title in 2009/10, his debut season.

• After a two-year spell at Polish side Zaglębie Lubin and a brief stint back in Slovakia with Senica, he was appointed as coach of Slovakia's Under-21 side. It proved a successful alliance as he led the team to the European finals in Poland, where they were unfortunate to be eliminated in the group stage despite winning two of their three matches. Sparta Praha appointed him in March 2018 but he left in the summer and took charge of the senior Slovakia side in October following Ján Kozák's departure.


Andriy Shevchenko

Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Nationality: Ukrainian
Playing career: Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine

• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also jointly topped the UEFA Champions League charts with eight goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.

• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.

• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool.

• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 37 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.

• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance with 48 goals in 111 appearances, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016 but losing out to Iceland and eventual runners-up Croatia in their qualifying section for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeNikola Dabanović (MNE)
  • Assistant refereesMilovan Djukić (MNE) , Aleksandar Djikanović (MNE)
  • Additional assistant refereesMilovan Milacic (MNE) , Miloš Bošković (MNE)
  • Fourth officialVladan Todorović (MNE)
  • UEFA DelegateAriel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)
  • UEFA Referee observerKonrad Plautz (AUT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Nikola Dabanović18/12/1981155

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
09/12/2015UYLGSFC Dynamo KyivMaccabi Tel-Aviv FC2-0Kyiv
21/11/2017UYLGSSSC NapoliFC Shakhtar Donetsk1-2Frattamaggiore
04/10/2018UELGSFC Vorskla PoltavaSporting Clube de Portugal1-2Poltava

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group B1 - Group Standings
    Czech Republic3102343
    Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Ukraine 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 Yarmolenko 80 (P)
    Dúbravka, Škrtel, Šatka, Weiss (70 Rusnák), Nemec (65 Duda), Škriniar, Hubočan, Hamšík, Kucka (78 Greguš), Mak, Lobotka
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    Slovakia 1-2 Czech Republic
    0-1 Krmenčík 52, 1-1 Hamšík 62, 1-2 Schick 76
    Dúbravka, Pekarík (46 Sabo), Škrtel, Duda, Nemec, Škriniar, Hubočan (80 Hancko), Hamšík, Kucka (54 Weiss), Mak, Lobotka
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)
    Czech Republic-Slovakia


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Czech Republic 1-2 Ukraine
    1-0 Schick 4, 1-1 Konoplyanka 45+1, 1-2 Zinchenko 90+3
    Pyatov, Matviyenko, Kryvtsov, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko (66 Zinchenko), Malinovskiy, Konoplyanka (77 Tsygankov), Marlos, Yaremchuk (85 Seleznyov), Rakits'kyy, Karavaev
  • Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Ukraine 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 Yarmolenko 80 (P)
    Pyatov, Matviyenko, Burda, Stepanenko (86 Sydorchuk), Yarmolenko, Malinovskiy (71 Zinchenko), Konoplyanka (78 Tsygankov), Marlos, Yaremchuk, Rakits'kyy, Karavaev
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
    Ukraine 1-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 Malinovskiy 43
    Pyatov, Burda, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Malinovskiy (86 Zinchenko), Konoplyanka (70 Tsygankov), Marlos, Yaremchuk, Rakits'kyy, Karavaev, Matviyenko
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)

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