Preview - Ukraine vs Turkey 3 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 02, 2017, 06:07 PM

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Sep 02, 2017, 06:07 PM Last Edit: Sep 02, 2017, 06:14 PM by Bensergi
Ukraine vs Turkey

Ukraine and Turkey are locked on 11 points, and the winners here will earn the right to keep pace with the front two of Croatia and Iceland, who are a further two points ahead.

Ukraine head coach Andrei Shevchenko has made some changes in this round's squad list. The first notable omission saw Yevhen Seleznyov (Karab├╝kspor), Oleksandr Kucher (Kayserispor), and Artem Fedetskiy (Karpaty Lviv) omitted from the squad. This, however, should not come as a surprise. With a talented pool of up and coming players, it is likely that Shevchenko has shied away from the ageing veterans for younger and faster talent.

Shevchenko has made some notable additions. The first is Artem Kravets. During the 2016-17 season, the striker fell out of favour at Dynamo Kyiv and was sent on loan to Spanish club Granada. Kravets has since returned to Dynamo for the 2017-18 season, and the Ukrainian will hope to regain his form.

Following their loss against Iceland on Match Day 3, Turkey has taken maximum points in both fixtures against Kosovo and its home match against Finland. As in any competition, Turkey has demonstrated that it is essential to collect victories against the group's weaker opponents. Its record against the stronger sides, however, has not been as successful, having earned draws against Ukraine and Croatia, and it registered a loss to Iceland.

Finally, Mircea Lucescu was recently appointed as the new manager of the Turkish national team. Lucescu formerly managed Shakhtar Donetsk from 2004-16, having won the Ukrainian Premier Liha eight times, Ukrainian Cup six times, the Ukrainian Super Cup seven times, and the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League) in 2008-09. Given his familiarity with many of Ukraine's national stars, it is expected that Ukraine will face a fierce Turkish opposition in Kharkiv on Match Day 7. Since there has also been a managerial shake up for Turkey, it is also difficult to predict the formation that Lucescu will select for this match, in addition to his starting 11.


Match Stats:

  • Ukraine 2-0 Turkey
  • Shots: 15-3
  • Possession: 53%-47%
  • Corner kicks: 7-3

Striker Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice in the first half as Ukraine beat Turkey 2-0 to boost their hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals.

Ukraine jumped from the fourth place to the top of Group I on 14 points, one above Croatia and Iceland, who lost 1-0 to Finland.

Yarmolenko scored the opener for Ukraine in the 18th minute as he fired low into the left corner to finish off a good move. Yarmolenko, who moved from Dynamo Kiev to Borussia Dortmund this week, calmly struck the second goal into an unguarded net three minutes before halftime.

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