This morning, the European League broke out. The Ukrainian team, which has lost 13 goals in the past 3 games, unexpectedly defeated Spain 1-0 at home, giving it its first international defeat in 23 months! The only chance for Ukraine in the whole game was to score a goal, while Spain shot 21 shots unsuccessfully. This is definitely a classic game of weak victory.
The Ukrainian team has recently been in poor condition. After the UEFA Europa League defeated the Spanish team with 4 goals last month, due to the epidemic and major player injuries, it even needed the 45-year-old assistant coach to return to the national team to make up the number. -7 defeated France, a few days ago the European League lost to Germany. But this morning they completed an almost impossible task under Shevchenko's command. The teenager Zigankov, who played only 10 minutes off the bench in the second half, became the most critical player in the game. His blitz caught the Spanish team who was in the front of the defense by surprise and eventually lost unexpectedly.
In the 75th minute, the long-term Spanish team suffered heavy losses. Ukrainian goalkeeper Bushchang made a long pass from the backfield. Karavayev's header made the first point and then passed to the top star Yarmolenko. Yarmolenko resulted In the midfield, a penetrating through pass passed the ball behind Ramos. Substitute Zigankov accelerated wildly. After throwing off Ramos's defense, he pierced De Gea's goal outside the penalty area!
In the whole game, Spain scored 8 goals with 21 shots. Ukrainian goalkeeper Bushchang played well, completed many saves and launched a fatal counterattack with the first pass. The Spanish team's defense was once over half-court, and did not expect Ukraine to complete a backcourt attack. The defense line composed of Ramos and Paul Torres was penetrated in an instant, and neither of them caught up with Zigankov's footsteps. Therefore, the goal was almost a single-handed goal. No one intervened in the shot. The Ukrainian team was calm. The kicker completes the fatal goal.
After Zigankov scored, the side coach Shevchenko celebrated wildly because the Ukrainian team was too difficult, and the past three consecutive defeats underwent a lot of pressure. Even with the return of some players, Shevchenko is still short of major generals, Pyatov and Lunin are absent due to the new crown, the main players Zinchenko, Moras and others are injured and Malinovsky stops. Match. The Spanish possession rate was as high as 70% of the game, Ukraine only had 2 shots, and only one chance to slay a powerful enemy.
Spain's last loss was in November 2018 when the European League lost to Croatia in a 2-3 away game. So far, the Spanish team's 15 unbeaten (11 wins and 4 draws) in 23 months of international competitions ended. The lack of troops and the extremely passive Ukraine’s magical upset. After this game, Ukraine accumulated 6 points in this group with 2 wins and 2 losses. The points tied for the second German team, and it was only 1 point behind Spain, and still retained the qualification. hope. The situation in this group has changed dramatically, and the Spanish team cannot be sure whether they can qualify until the last round.