A draw in Italy

Thursday, October 11, 2018



On October 10, Ukraine played a friendly match vs Italy

The encounter took place in Genoa. The Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, the defenders Yaroslav Rakits’kyy and Mykola Matviienko, and the midfielder Marlos appeared in the starting line-up of the Yellow-Blue team.
Pyatov is Man of the First Half
After the starting whistle, the Italians seized the initiative. Before the break, Roberto Mancini’s men created a number of dangerous chances, but Pyatov rescued his team from the attempts by Bernardeschi, Chiesa and Barella. After half an hour, Rakits’kyy earned a yellow card, with Marlos beating two defenders after the break and firing the ball into the left corner only to see his attempt being easily saved by Donnarumma.
Sharing goals and substitutions
In the second half, it was raining, and the Italians continued to strike from different ranges. In the 55th minute, a long-range shot by Bernardeschi brought them success: Pyatov parried it away, but the ball just span into the back of the net – 1-0. Immediately after that, Taras Stepanenko came on for Serhii Sydorchuk. One of the rare attacks by the Ukrainians (Yaremchuk powerfully struck from the penalty area) ended in a corner, with Malynovskyi equalizing – 1-1.
In the 72nd minute, Ruslan could have secured a brace from the spot, but the Squadra Azzurra were rescued by the crossbar. Then, Stepanenko tried to head it home after the right-hand side delivery - Donnarumma managed to make a save. A few minutes before the final whistle, two more Shakhtar internationals appeared on the field - Serhii Kryvtsov and Bohdan Butko.
Andrei Shevchenko’s men were tied with the Italians and went to Kharkiv, where they are to meet with the Czech Republic in the UEFA Nations League at 21:45  on October 16.
Italy 1-1 Ukraine
1-0 Bernardeschi (55’), 1-1 Malynovskyi (62’)
Ukraine: Pyatov, Karavaev, Burda, Rakits’kyy (Kryvtsov, 88’), Matviienko, Sydorchuk (Stepanenko, 56’), Malynovskyi, Zinchenko, Marlos (Tsyhankov, 46’), Konoplyanka (Petriak, 73’), Yaremchuk (A. Kravets, 76’; Butko, 90’)