Great first half but completely folded in the second. But getting anything against Germany was always going to be a bonus, the group basically begins now.
At one point the passing was like 190 to 50 in the 1st half but the last 15-20 min of the half was impressive, we had about 5 chances to Germany's 3 (if you want to count their goal from a phantom foul).
2nd half I think it was a mix of Germany's possession tiring us out and our coach being very conservative knowing Poland only won by 1 goal, figured just keep the goal difference down and maybe get lucky and score. Some of the passing in the 2nd half was pathetic, wayward for no reason. 1st half we probably should've been leading by a goal not losing, unlucky and not quite good enough.
So dumb we got scored on at the end like that. The ball from Rakitsky to Yarmolenko could've maybe led to a goal but I think it was Mustafi with the acrobatic clearance to spring the counter.
Lots of positives to take from that. A few good chances to score, good defending, a 1st goal conceded from a free kick which the referee got wrong and still in the game until the very end. In the end the Germans possession tired the players out so they couldn't press as well as they did at the end of the first half. I'm a bit concerned the team's physical condition isn't great because they were pretty deep for most of the first half, hopefully I'm wrong. Fomenko got the selection right too, unlike him to go for someone like Kovalenko but he played quite well overall, Sydorchuk was decent at times as protection too, and at one point he nutmegged 3 players in about 20 seconds which was barely believable! Pyatov had a decent game too, he only had one bizarre moment on about 70 minutes when he was absolutely nowhere near a corner!
That was a phantom free kick and the worst part a few minutes later Mustafi clattered into Pyatov with no abandon and he didn't call a foul!! They usually call the softest fouls for goalies, he was legit rattled laying on the ground with our goal open and Germans with the ball at the 18, pathetic. England don't just suck on the field their refs do to I guess :roll eyes:
Pleasantly surprised he played Kovalenko that's cool. I was pissed Sidorchuk even made the team so I was surprised at Roberto Martinez praising him before the game (must've played really well for Dynamo v. Everton last season
). That triple meg was insane lol, he did ok but still not sure if he was a better option than Rotan???
Pyatov was good apart from that 1 play lol I remember that, ridiculous.
Lovely display from your side. This team is very dangerous on the set pieces but they should work a bit harder on the counters. Could do a lot of damage there since you guys have several guys that are good on the ball. Hopefully you guys can romp Northern Ireland get a couple goals in and avoid conceding anything. That team sucks and you guys should have your way with them. Then setup a beautiful match with Poland. That right there IMHO... I predict to be the best group match of the Euros. Both teams have been attacking relentlessly and we can see a lot of scoring opportunities. Fun.
Cool to hear you enjoyed our game, I thought we were boring and too pragmatic in the 2nd half. Even in the 1st half we pinched our fullbacks in so tight and made Konoplyanka & Yarmolenko have to track back into fullback roles all game long, still somehow we created more chances than them and had a few nice spells.
I also had that Ukraine v. Poland game @ Veledrome circled for a while. Could be a helluva game.
really proud of the team
a little worryied we might shit it in against nth ireland
Lol me too. That would totally be us. If you think back to qualifiers we always struggle with teams like this and end up finishing 2nd and going to the playoffs cause we can't beat a Moldova, Armenia, N. Ireland away from home. We dominate but our quality in the final 3rd always lets us down.
Only positive I can take is that we did score 4 on Romania and could've scored multiple goals on Germany in the 1st half. So somehow seem to be getting in positions to score. Hope we can score early and then it would make the job much easier, maybe win by 2 or 3 and hopefully Germany wins by a couple too. Would give us the edge over Poland then, can draw them and finish 2nd.