Shakhtar’s internationals: Ukraine beat Belarus

On 5 September, the Ukraine national team played their Matchday 7 game of the Euro 2016 qualification.

Ukraine 3-1 Belarus

Goals: 1:0 Kravets (7), 2:0 Yarmolenko (30), 3:0 Konoplyanka (41 pen.), 3:1 Kornilenko (62 pen.)

Ukraine: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Rakitskiy, Khacheridi, Shevchuk, Rotan (c), (Rybalko, 75), Stepanenko, Garmash, Konoplyanka, Yarmolenko (Gusev, 69), Kravets (Gladkyy, 86)

Mykhailo Fomenko deployed four Shakhtar players in the starting line-up of the Ukraine national team. Andriy Pyatov was stationed ion goal, Yaroslav Rakytskyy started in the centre of defence, Vyacheslav Shevchuk was employed at left back, and Taras Stepanenko operated as a holding midfielder.

In the opening stages of the game, Ukraine took the lead. It was the Pitmen’s goalkeeper who made a goal assist as he took a goal kick, with Artyom Kravets picking the ball up to send it past the opposition goalkeeper.

On 26 minutes, the Belarus goalkeeper made a save, parrying away a Konoplyanka shot from close range. But after a few minutes Ukraine cemented their lead: Vyacheslav Shevchuk received a pass from Konoplyanka before drilling a cross to Yarmolenko to make it 2-0.

Not long before the break, the opposition defender Mykhailo Sivakov brought down Kravets after a corner kick. The referee pointed to the penalty spot. Konoplyanka confidently converted the spot kick.

In the closing stages of the second half Oleksandr Gladkyy came on for Artem Kravets. On 61 minutes, the referee awarded another penalty kick – this time for a Khacheridi foul on Kornilenko. The latter converted a penalty kick but Belarus failed to score more goals. It should be noted that Ukrainians were reduced to ten men: two minutes from time Garmash was booked for second time for diving.

Thanks to this win, Ukraine got 15 points in the Group C, getting closer to Slovakia and Spain. Volyn will play their next match on 8 September against the Slovakia national side.