Ukraine blow past North Macedonia for 2-1 win
Ukraine steps up to claim their first win in the Euro tourney by beating a lowly North Macedonia squad. The squad did not hold back when they knew they had a chance to steal the game away and took a 2-1 win.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk scored the two big goals that Ukraine used to push their game over NM. The team was quick to score as they just found the net in a span of five minutes.
Andriy first found a shot in the left corner and tried to pound his way into the box. He then switched his dribble and let out a close volley to put the ball into the net. Roman then had a chance of his own and was able to cut left to right before he pulled the ball back for a hesitation move then slotted it back in right away for a 2-0 lead.
Ukraine has closed out a losing streak of six games in a row in the competition. This is just their second win since beating Sweden in 2012 - which was their first game in the tourney as well. The stars also became the first duo to score in each of their first two games in the history of the competition. They were the scorers in their 3-2 loss to the Dutch squad.
NM tried to answer back with a goal in the next half after a penalty play and cut the lead to 2-1. Ukraine did not let up as they held onto their lead and stayed on the top all the way to the last whistle.
Both sides came into the game with a loss in their first games. Ukraine proved that they have a squad full of grit as they got crafty in most of their shots in the game. They had 17 shots and eight of these were on point - with a missed chance to seal the game in the closing bit. They also held the ball for 53% and had 448 passes for a huge 87% accuracy.
North Macedonia went for 13 shots and five of those were close to the bottom of the net. They had 47% of the ball and made 398 passes to tally a strong 84% accuracy in the loss. This was just too much for the team to start up their run in the tourney.
Ukraine is keen to stay on the hot side for the rest of the games.
NM is now ousted from the competition - the first side to do so - after the Dutch squad sealed a 2-0 win over Austria. Ukraine is set to face them next and will surely not waste this chance.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores