Team analysis

Ukraine

Ukraine

Ukraine squad
No.PlayerBornPos.SRBBULGERGSClub
1Roman Pidkivka19/05/1995Goalkeeper FC Karpaty Lviv (UKR)
2Taras Kacharaba07/01/1995Defender909090 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
3Mykyta Burda24/03/1995Defender9090901 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
4Pavlo Lukyanchuk19/05/1996Defender FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
5Yuriy Tkachuk18/04/1995Midfield 75*19+ FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)
6Vyacheslav Tankovskiy16/08/1995Midfield53*15+71*1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
7Yevhen Chumak25/08/1995Midfield37+7+90 Desna (UKR)
8Mykyta Adamenko14/09/1995Midfield19+ FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
9Artem Radchenko02/01/1995Forward 59* FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)
10Dmytro Bilonog26/05/1995Forward9031+8+ FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
11Roman Yaremchuk27/11/1995Forward58* 15+ FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
12Bohdan Sarnavskiy29/01/1995Goalkeeper909090 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
14Maxym Banasevich31/01/1995Forward909082* FC Zorya Luhansk (UKR)
15Artem Besedin31/03/1996Forward32+9075* FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
16Andriy Markovych25/06/1995Defender909090 FC Karpaty Lviv (UKR)
17Viktor Kovalenko14/02/1996Midfield71*83*90 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
18Eduard Sobol20/04/1995Defender909090 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
19Ihor Kharatin02/02/1995Midfield909090 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Oleksandr Petrakov
06/08/1957
"The situation in our country meant that the players couldn't start their training schedules on time and our physical condition was in consequence below the required level. We were not ready functionally and we were aware of that in our game plans. I was not happy with our performance against Serbia and the only positive thing was the result. Then we were fortunate to beat Bulgaria in a very even match. To qualify for the World Cup was, in truth, a great achievement."

Ukraine team analysis

Ukraine team analysis

• 4-2-3-1 with deep, disciplined, well-organised 4-4-2 defending

• Emphasis on compact unit with good defensive qualities (positional, 1v1)

• Extensive use of direct supply from back to lone striker

• Rapid counterattacking transitions with good flexibility and movement

• Set plays: aerial strength, dominance in defence; Kovalenko specialist in attack

• Goalkeeper Sarnavskiy: influential leader in team organisation

• Strong, hard-working players; excellent team spirit; shrewd substitutions