Shakhtar on international duty: silver and EURO berth
In the closing game of the EURO 2016 elite round on March 29, Ukraine U17 met with England. Shakhtar Academy youngsters Valeriy Bondar, Maksym Chekhand Oleksiy Kaschuk took part in the game. Following the matchday results, the charges of Oleksandr Petrakov managed to secure the European Championship finals berth after claiming the top spot in the group. Let us remind you that the final part of the competition will be held in Azerbaijan.
Ukraine U17 1-1 England U17
Goals: Taylor-Crossdale (16’), Sych (57’)
Ukraine U17: Lunin, Bondar (c), Popov, Mikolenko, Chekh, Kulakov (Yanakov, 76’), Kashchuk, Khakhlev (Musolitin, 53’), Deda (Kozyrenko, 66’), Buletsa, Sych
England U17: Cumming, Brown, Chalobah (c) (Sterling, 53’), Adeniran, Dozzell (Makgueyn, 61’), Mount, T. Bola, Francis, Morris, Taylor-Crossdale (Nelson, 67’), Sheshua
At the same time, Ukraine U18 met with their Norway counterparts in the Latvian Football Federation Cup closing game. The charges of Volodymyr Tsytkin lost 2-1, ultimately claiming the second spot in the competition. Shakhtar striker Dmytro Topalov played for 90 minutes with the captain's armband on.
Norway U18 2-1 Ukraine U18
Goals: Ivanochko (42’) Boge (53’), Bredeli (58’)
Norway U18: Haug, Sandrakumar (Espung, 46’), Sell (Barstad, 46’), Boge, Bredeli, Hansson (Hanssen, 46’), Fremstad (Pireyra, 63’), Dybevik, Berkan (Skarsem, 63’), Alander (Vetas, 84’), Riza (Fildberg, 84’)
Ukraine U18: Bilyk, Dubinchak (Yarmolenko, 53’), Gudz, Bondar, Matveyenko, Velichenko (Shkinder, 65’), Alibekov (Schastlivtsev, 65’), Cheberko, Kozhushko, Ivanochko (Linev, 46’), Topalov (c) (Shaporenko, 72).
Sent off: Bondar (60’)
Ukraine U19 also played their last game of the European Championship 2016 elite round. The national team met with Northern Ireland. Oleksandr Pikhalyonok,Andriy Korobenko and Volodymyr Grachev took part in the game. Pikhalyonok scored a goal following Korobenko’s accurate pass. But based on the total points earned in the group, Ukraine national team lacked points to make it to the final stage of the tournament.
Northern Ireland U19 0-2 Ukraine U19
Goals: Pikhalyonok (29’), Tsyhankov (83’)
Northern Ireland U19: Long (Azar, 67’), N. Kerr, Hall, Sykes, Lewis, Kennedy (c), Laveri (Mooney, 78’), Smith, Whiteside, King, Gordon
Ukraine U19: Marchuk, Kravets, Taranukha (Schebetun, 67’), Tsyhankov, Pikhalyonok, Korobenko, Khobotenko (c), Hutsulyak, Fursov, Grachev, Swed (Vakulko, 67’)