Bucharest: The stage is set for an entertaining tie as these teams face off for a second place in Group C at National Arena in Bucharest. Ukraine bounced back from their opening loss to the Netherlands with a win over North Macedonia on match day 2, with Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko both scoring their second goals of this Euro.
A draw would have been enough for the Ukrainians to finish runners-up behind the Dutch but the Austrians, who followed up their success on North Macedonia with a loss to Oranje, would outlive them if they win.
Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine coach said, “Austria are a solid team with quality players. They are a compact and athletic side, with a distinctive style. We have huge respect for them and are expecting a good match. Both teams will play to win, even though we know a point will be enough for us. But you won’t go far at this tournament with such a mentality; we will be playing only for a victory.”
Austria have lost their last group stage match in each of their last three major tournament appearances, losing to Italy at the 1998 World Cup, Germany at EURO 2008, and Iceland at EURO 2016.
Franco Foda, Austria coach said, “We have it in our hands to reach the round of 16. Marko Arnautović will be back for our ‘final’ against Ukraine. We will be ready.”
The Ukraine goalkeeper, Georgiy Bushchan, said ahead of the Group C match between Austria and Ukraine, “We haven’t done anything to make people too proud of us just yet. Love and hate are just a step apart. It’s great we gave [our fans] some excitement but now we have to prepare for our final [group] match with cool heads.”
Last six matches stats:
Ukraine: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Malinovskyi, Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Tsygankov
Misses next match if booked: Shaparenko, Sydorchuk
Austria: Bachmann; Dragović, Alaba, Hinteregger; Lainer, Sabitzer, X Schlager, Grillitsch, Ulmer; Baumgartner, Arnautović