Ukraine snatch late win against Czech Republic in Nations League opener
Ukraine's national team snatched a late 2-1 win against the Czech Republic in their UEFA Nations League opener on Thursday night.
The match between Ukraine and the Czech Republic began with a 15-minute delay due to force majeure, as the stadium of the Czech town of Uherske-Hradiště whose population merely exceeds 25,000 people, unexpectedly saw a short blackout.
There was no player from FC Dynamo Kyiv in the starting line-up of the Ukrainian national team, which repeated almost 10 years after Ukraine were playing a match against Serbia on February 11, 2009.
The hosts, the Czech national team, were in the lead at the beginning. They broke the right flank of the Ukrainian team's defense, and Patrik Schick, a Czech professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Roma, escaped Serhiy Kryvtsov (Ukraine's FC Shakhtar Donetsk) and scored a goal at the corner: 1-0. It was only the 4th minute of the game.
There were some fortunate moments for the Ukrainian national team in the first half to equalize, but several strikes of the team's debutant Roman Yaremchuk were inaccurate.
The "blue-yellow" players succeeded at the first minute added to the half. Marlos, a Brazilian-born Ukrainian attacking midfielder (FC Shakhtar Donetsk) did his best in dribbling, gave the ball to Schalke's Yevhen Konoplianka, who scored a goal: 1-1.
Both teams were less successful in attacking after the break. And although there were certain moments at both gates, the score remained unchanged for a long time.
Minutes added to the main time of the match were decisive. With just seconds left on the clock at the end, Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko pounced on a goalkeeping mistake to give the visitors a big win: 2-1!