Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko praised his facet for brushing apart final week’s embarrassing 7-1 thrashing to France to tug off a shock 1-Zero win over Spain within the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.
Viktor Tsygankov struck the one aim late within the recreation to present Ukraine its first ever victory in seven matches towards Spain and finish a three-game dropping streak wherein it had been overwhelmed 4-Zero by Spain, 7-1 by France and 2-1 by Germany.
“I don’t even need to say anything because my players have said everything with their attitude and commitment,” Shevchenko instructed reporters.
‘Learned their lesson’
“It’s their victory, they were simply great. The guys have learned their lesson after the France game, they accepted the changes we suggested and fulfilled our plan. It was hard to compete with Spain but we fought all the time and we won lots of balls. We wanted to win and we won.”
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His nation’s all-time high scorer and arguably its biggest ever participant, Shevchenko oversaw a sensational marketing campaign to qualify for the postponed European Championships however noticed his staff closely depleted for this month’s worldwide fixtures because of a spate of constructive coronavirus instances plus accidents.
His facet was overwhelmed by world champion France final week however was a lot improved in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Germany, earlier than toppling Spain in entrance of 21,000 noisy supporters in Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium, which was at 30 p.c capability due to UEFA’s easing of coronavirus restrictions in sure areas.
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“We had lost three games in a row and we owed an apology to our fans,” added goalscorer Tsygankov.
“We had missed them in the stadium so much and we are happy to have given them a reason to celebrate tonight.”