Shakhtar players in U21 national team: Kovalenko brings Ukraine win

In the Euro 2017 qualifier, the Ukraine U21 national team played an away game with Northern Ireland. Shakhtar players Viktor Kovalenko and Bogdan Sarnavskyy took part in the game.

November 17. Northern Ireland. Lergan. Mourneview Park. 9C

Northern Ireland U21 - Ukraine U21 - 1:2 (0:0)
Goals: 1:0 McCartan (53), 1:1 Kovalenko (64), 1:2 Kovalenko (73)

Northern Ireland: Brennan, Dammigan, Conlan, McCulloch, McKnight, Maloney, White (Stewart, 78), McCartan, Duffy (Cooper 78), Doherty, McDade (McDonagh, 84)
Unused subs: Mitchell, Glendinning, Sharp, Makkaul
Head Coach: Jim Megilton

Ukraine U21: Sarnavsky, Svatok, Duts, Sable, Luchkevich (Miroshnichenko, 60), Mishnyov, Danchenko, Yurchenko (c), Kovalenko (Filimonov, 90+2), Zinchenko, Khlyobas (Bezborodko. 46)
Unused subs: Buschan, Burda, Kacharaba, Chumak
Head Coach: Serhiy Kovalets

Booked: Sobol (57), Stewart (90+1)
Referee: Ognjen Valic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The first half saw medium tempo. The opponents held positional attacking moves, but there were not many chances. After 20 minutes, Ukraine managed to take control of the game. Vladlen Yurchenko took a few shots on goal but the ball went wide. The game became more dynamic after the break. As a result, on 53 minutes Maccartan seized on the rebound to put Northern Ireland in front. Ukraine needed ten minutes to equalize. Denys Bezborodko made a precise pass to Viktor Kovalenko, who made it 1-1. Ireland went forward immediately, but were hit on the break. Kovalenko was again spearheading the attack, his shot did not hit the target – 1-2. A brace from Viktor brings Ukraine three points.

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