Ukraine vs Spain Nations League preview: where to watch, team news

Ukraine face Spain in UEFA Nations League Group A4 – all you need to know.

Luis Enrique gives instructions during Spain's training session in Kyiv
Luis Enrique gives instructions during Spain's training session in Kyiv AFP via Getty Images

Ukraine face Spain in UEFA Nations League Group A4 in Kyiv on Tuesday 13 October at 20:45 CET.

Ukraine vs Spain: live build-up

Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Nations League broadcast partner(s) here

As they stand

• Ukraine's ten-match unbeaten home run (W9 D1) ended with Saturday's 2-1 loss to Germany. They kicked off Group A4 with a 2-1 success against Switzerland in Lviv, but lost 4-0 in Spain three days later. Defeat here will end their hopes of top spot.

• Spain are unbeaten in 14 games (W11 D3) and top Group A4, two points clear of Germany. They kicked off with a creditable 1-1 away draw against Germany then produced a sparkling performance to beat Ukraine 4-0 before a more edgy display against Switzerland on Saturday, winning 1-0.

Previous meetings

Highlights: Spain 4-0 Ukraine
Highlights: Spain 4-0 Ukraine

• Ukraine are still waiting for their first win against Spain as the sides meet for the seventh time; they have lost all five encounters since holding Spain 2-2 in their first meeting, a March 2003 EURO qualifier.

• They have not scored in the last four encounters, including September's 4-0 Group A4 reversal in Madrid. Current coach Andriy Shevchenko is the last Ukrainian to strike against the Spanish (in a 2-1 loss in Elche in September 2003).

What the coaches say

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine coach: "The major task ahead of the Spain game is ensure the players recover after two very demanding games against France and Germany. Both matches demanded a lot of effort, and our squad is limited: it is not that deep. Despite those defeats, we are not going to call up any more players as it is difficult to find ones with the right qualities."

Luis Enrique, Spain coach: "We’ll go into this game like we did the previous ones: trying to be better than our opponents both in attack and defence. We want to get the win and finish top of the group. We got a good result against Ukraine last time out but this will be a different game altogether."

Next up

14/11: Switzerland vs Spain
14/11: Germany vs Ukraine

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