Ukraine will take on England in the last quarter-final of Euro 2020 on Saturday night, battling for a place in the tournament’s last four in Rome.
The Three Lions booked their place in the meeting with an historic 2-0 win over Germany at Wembley, beating Die Mannschaft in a major tournament knockout game for the first time since 1966. Gareth Southgate’s side have shown great metal in the competition thus far, remaining the only team to not have conceded a goal.
Ukraine have reached this stage of the competition in slightly more dramatic fashion. Andriy Shevchenko’s side scraped through to the knockout stage as a third-placed team, before beating Sweden in the round of 16 courtesy of Artem Dovbyk’s header in the final minute of extra time, sealing a famous 2-1 win.
They face a very tough prospect in the last eight, and this is the side that could start the game on Saturday.
George Buschan (GK) – Has let six goals in at Euro 2020 thus far but has mostly looked alert and commanding between the sticks. Will definitely keep his place.
Ilya Zabarnyi (CB) – Shevchenko could continue with three at the back, which would mean another appearance on the right of the backline for 18-year old Zabarnyi. Fantastically composed and aware of what’s going on around him – one for the future.
Sergiy Kryvtsov (CB) – Not so fresh-faced, but was a real leader at the heart of defence against Sweden. Should continue in the lineup to sure things up against England’s attack.
Mykola Matviyenko (CB) – A tough defender to get the better of with his pace and ability to read the game. He may be in for a tough time against England’s fluid attack, but he’ll back himself nonetheless.
Oleksandr Karavaev (RWB) – Crucial to Ukraine’s attack in this system. Played a large part in their first goal against Sweden and will be key against England too.
Serhiy Sydorchuk (CM) – A good screen to the backline and able to bring possession out of deep areas with composure – key to Shevchenko’s side.
Taras Stepanenko (CM) – One of the most senior players in the squad, Stepanenko proved to be an assured presence under pressure last time out – should definitely retain his spot in midfield.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LWB) – Was fantastic against Sweden, contributing hugely at both ends of the pitch. One of Ukraine’s biggest threats and already a senior presence at just 24.
Andriy Yarmolenko (RW) – The main danger man in the side. Unpredictable, direct and a menace to track in the final third, he’s a different beast on international duty and will go looking for his 43rd Ukraine goal on Saturday – he’s only six behind all-time top scorer and current boss Shevchenko.
Roman Yaremchuk (ST) – A handful for central defenders and has demonstrated throughout the tournament how excellent his link-up play is.
Mykola Shaparenko (LW) – Another bright young prospect in this squad, Shaparenko will float around and aim to find pockets of space between the lines. His vision is terrific and he’s capable picking apart a defence with one pass. England’s midfield will have to be wary.