The national team of Ukraine on Saturday has made a very important step towards the finals of Euro 2016 — got home victory over Belarus and guaranteed himself at least a part in the playoff selection process. But, removing competitors behind, we have serious rivals in front, and with the first — Slovakia — tomorrow we’ll play in Zilina.
In fact, in this meeting and will decide whether the team Mykhailo Fomenko to continue the battle for a direct pass to the final part. Defeat, given that in October we have yet to receive Spain, in fact, will give us only third place at the finish. Draw, by and large, too, because of Slovakia on the day of our meeting with the Spaniards planned trip to Monaco. And only victory leaves hope for successful completion of the qualification. And you need to score at least twice, because in case of equal points will be considered personal meetings, and at home we lost to Slovakia — 0:1.
Pass Pyatov, series Kravets
Lviv has once again proved its special status for Ukraine national team — national team got 11th victory in 13 games (two draws). Belarus, who came to seize their last chance in this qualification, in the first half was stunned and depressed wards Fomenko. High team speed, good pressure in midfield, the maximum use of the flanks — all this has led to the fact that on a break Ukraine away, winning with the score 3:0. However, the first goal wasn’t without luck Pyatov to beat the ball away from goal, the defender of the guests could not get on it, and Kravets clearly took advantage of the error, burst into the penalty area and shot — 1:0.
Dynamo forward scored in the third match in a row, giving the answer to the question, what is he doing in the team, and Pyatov was the first goalkeeper in our history, recorded in the net and an assist. Finished off Belarusians Yarmolenko (20th goal in 50 games) and Linnet (11 to 46), which the partners have entrusted to break the 11-meter, and then rushed symbolically to rock the child, congratulating freshly baked Hispanic birth of the daughter Zlata.
Two different halves
Experts on emotions stated that it was the best time in the history of the team, and the steering Belarusians Alexander Khatskevich has admitted that his team failed in this segment in the defense and did not create any aggression. For the second half of the meeting, the guests came out more aggressive and concentrated, and the owners, on the contrary, turned on power saving mode, given the upcoming almost the final match with Slovakia. “We told the boys that in the second half had to go out, like on the scoreboard 0:0”, — said after the match Fomenko. But to reach the wards failed. “We relaxed a little after three balls,” admitted Yarmolenko, who was clearly unhappy that the coaches took him out of the game midway through the second half, and nervously responded to the handshake mentor. But after the final whistle, the striker was already calm: “There is a head coach, and for him to decide what to play.”
Fomenko decided to keep not only Yarmolenko, but with rotan Kravets, but Konoplyanka, who is still a spare in Sevilla, played the whole match. But the coaches made a mistake by not removing from the field Garmash, who was stressing and arguing with the referee even comfortable in the first half: Dynamo, with the passive up a yellow card in stoppage time trying to draw a penalty, but was removed, and against Slovakia will not play. “Emotions need to be managed,” — briefly commented Fomenko. By the way, a year ago, the match against Slovakia through suspension missed another Dynamo fan to show emotions — Khacheridi. This time he was holding back, but still noted. Belarus scored a consolation goal just after his foul on ex-forward of “Dynamo” and “Dnepr” Kornilenko, who converted a penalty.
Ukraine after seven rounds headed a rating of the best third teams of their groups (this gives the right to direct the pass to the finals), but the advantage is very shaky. The fact that you will not take into account the results of the teams that will occupy the sixth place in their group, and these teams have yet to be determined. Plus stay matches of three rounds is too tenuous a basis for joyful emotions. But in any case, from the team Fomenko requires the best possible results in the remaining games. Even if we are not able to get ahead in the table, Spain and Slovakia, it can be useful in the ranking of third teams.