Austria booked a spot in the Round of 16 of Euro 2020 with a 1-0 victory over Ukraine in their Group C encounter in Bucharest. Christoph Baumgartner scored in the first half to help secure the victory. The win helped them leapfrog Ukraine into second place and ensure qualification to the knockout stages. They will face an informed Italian side at Wembley.
Ukraine just needed to avoid defeat to finish the group as runners-up but had a game to forget. They managed a solitary shot on target and lacked quality in the final third. Ukraine will now have to wait and hope that other results go their way.
Ukraine: Bushchan (6), Karavaev (5), Zabarnyi (5), Matviyenko (5), Mykolenko (5), Sydorchuk (5), Shaparenko (6), Zinchenko (5), Yarmolenko (6), Malinovskyi (3), Yaremchuk (5).
Subs: Tsygankov (6), Marlos (5), Besedin (n/a).
Austria: Bachmann (7), Lainer (7), Dragovic (7), Hinteregger (7), Alaba (8), Schlager (7), Laimer (7), Grillitsch (7), Baumgartner (8), Sabitzer (8), Arnautovic (7).
Subs: Schopf (7), Ilsanker (5), Kalajdzic (n/a).
Man of the Match: David Alaba
Austria head coach Franco Foda: “In this phase of the tournament, there are no easy opponents.” Foda said after Austria beat Ukraine. “We know that. Italy hasn’t lost for an eternity, but perhaps there will come a time when they lose again. It will be important for us to prepare with focus and recover, then we will do everything we can to win in London. It will be tough, but the team is eager and ready.”
Ukraine head coach Andriy Shevchenko: “Our players gave everything in the second half but sometimes you have these games where whatever you do nothing goes well. Sooner or later it leads to mistakes. We lost a simple ball in the midfield, then conceded that corner and the goal. After that goal, we largely didn’t have a chance to come back into the game.”