Finland-Ukraine: what is known about the most intense match of the year

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Finland-Ukraine: what is known about the most intense match of the year

How Petrakov prepares the national team for the match.

Today, October 9, the Ukrainian national team will play one of the key qualifier fights for the 2022 World Cup in Finland against the local national team. After five rounds played, the Ukrainians are ahead of the Finns only in goal difference, but they have more to play, reports Chronicle.info with reference to RBC.

For this match, the acting head coach & # 171; yellow-blue & # 187; Alexander Petrakov comes up clearly with crazy pressure on himself. In less than two months at the helm of Ukraine, he managed to get into one of the loudest scandals in recent years & # 8212; all because of the conflict with one of the best legionnaires of the Ukrainian team Ruslan Malinovsky, whom he did not even summon to the location of the national team for the upcoming fights. And the results of the team do not allow this degree to slow down & # 8212; three draws under the leadership of a new mentor (with Kazakhstan 2: 2, France 1: 1 and a friendly match with the Czech Republic 1: 1).

If earlier Petrakov was as frank in dealing with the press, for which he often received from the media, they say, there is no need to talk in such detail about the problems within the team, then on the eve of the match in Helsinki the coach approached in a radically opposite role. During the pre-match press conference, the mentor of the Ukrainians did not say even 40 words, often answering with a couple of words. And the question from a foreign journalist about Malinovsky was completely removed by the press attaché of the national team, Alexander Glivinsky. When asked why Petrakov is so laconic in dealing with the press, he replied that & # 171; it will always be like this & # 187 ;.

The tension was incredible. It is understandable & # 8212; at stake is both the entry of the national team to the World Cup, and the very further work of Petrakov at the & # 171; helm & # 187; national team.

The player & # 171; yellow-blue & # 187; was also laconic. Nikolay Shaparenko, the maximum of which was a very generalized phrase about the expectation from the meeting with the Finns: & # 171; Tomorrow there will be two teams that need a victory. I expect a lot of struggle and everything is probably & # 187 ;.

In addition to Malinovsky, there will be no other star Ukrainian & # 171 ; legionnaire & # 187; & # 8212; Alexandra Zinchenko. He has an injury because of which he will not be able to help our team in the next matches. Also, due to injury, there are no & # 171; yellow-blue & # 187; and Vitaly Buyalsky.

Although Ukraine is in second place, which will allow it to compete for a ticket to the World Cup through the playoffs, it still does not know the taste of victories. Yes, and our team played for the match more than the same Finns and Bosnians, with whom & # 171; yellow-blue & # 187; both matches are still to be played at the end of the qualifier. Finland will need to play a match with France. But so far the situation in our group is extremely confused, because even Kazakhstan theoretically can wedge in for the fight & # 8212; they have 3 points and last place.

Finland-Ukraine: what is known about the most intense match of the year

As for the Finns, the Scandinavians are preparing for pressure from the Ukrainians.

& # 171; Ukraine will definitely play to win, because she has not yet received in our group. On the other hand, the Ukrainians have never lost. During the match, their level of pressure on us will definitely change. We've seen this before. One of our directions for the development of the game is how, with the help of pressure, we can cope with strong opponents & # 187;, & # 8212; the coach of Finland Markku Kanerva noted on the eve of the match.

Ukraine and Finland have met three times before. Twice the Ukrainians celebrated victories in the selection for the European Championship 2018 1: 0 and 2: 1, and also once drew in the current qualifying campaign in Kiev at the NSC & # 171; Olimpiyskiy & # 187; 1: 1.

Ukraine's application for the match with Finland

Goalkeepers : Andriy Pyatov (& # 171; Shakhtar & # 187;), Georgy Buschan (& # 171; Dynamo & # 187;), Dmitry Riznyk (& # 171; Vorskla & # 187;).

< p> Defenders : Nikolay Matvienko, Sergey Krivtsov, Victor Kornienko (all & # 8212; & # 171; Shakhtar & # 187;), Alexander Karavaev, Ilya Zabarny, Alexander Tymchik, Alexander Sirota, Artem Shabanov ( all & # 8212; & # 171; Dynamo & # 187;), Eduard Sobol (& # 171; Bruges & # 187;).

Midfielders : Sergey Sidorchuk, Nikolay Shaparenko, Victor Tsygankov (all & # 8212; & # 171; Dynamo & # 187;), Taras Stepanenko (& # 171; Shakhtar & # 187;), Sergey Buletsa (& # 171; Zarya & # 187;) , Alexander Pikhalionok (& # 171; Dnepr-1 & # 187;), Andrey Yarmolenko (& # 171; West Ham & # 187;), Alexander Zubkov (& # 171; Ferencvaros & # 187;), Igor Kharatin (& # 171; Legia & # 187;).

Forwards : Roman Yaremchuk (& # 171; Benfica & # 187;), Artem Dovbik (& # 171; Dnipro-1 & # 187;), Daniil Sikan (& # 171; Shakhtar & # 187;).

The fight will take place at 19:00 Kyiv time in Helsinki. The match will be broadcast on TV channels & # 171; Ukraine & # 187; and & # 171; Football 1 & # 187 ;.

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