Ukraine 1-0 Spain: Visitors suffer first Nations League loss of season

Ukraine 1-0 Spain: Luis Enrique’s side suffer shock first defeat of this season’s Nations League after Viktor Tsyhankov’s goal gives Andriy Shevchenko’s men vital three points

  • Viktor Tsyhankov latched on to Andriy Yarmolenko’s pass to score for Ukraine
  • The hosts sucked up Spain pressure before delivering a critical sucker punch 
  • Luis Enrique’s men dominated possession but could not create clear chances 
  • Spain remain top of Group 4 though following Germany’s draw with Switzerland

Ukraine pulled off a shock 1-0 win at home to Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday at a raucous Olympic Stadium in Kyiv as fans savoured a first ever victory over the 2010 World Cup winners.

Andriy Shevchenko’s side took the lead against the run of play in the 76th minute when Viktor Tsyhankov took David de Gea by surprise by firing home from outside the area, after latching on to an outstanding reverse pass from Andriy Yarmolenko.

The goal was wildly celebrated by the whole Ukraine team and some 21,000 fans spaced out across the stadium, with the hosts taking advantage of UEFA regulations allowing 30% capacity at certain matches in an easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Viktor Tsyhankov’s goal saw Ukraine inflict a first Nations League defeat on Spain this season

The hosts had to suck up a lot of pressure but hit through the substitute after he fired home

Wolves winger Adama Traore started but was unable to make an impact on proceedings

Ukraine had lost their last three outings, including a 4-0 reverse to Spain last month and a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of France in a friendly last week, after losing six players due to COVID-19 positives.

But they recorded a second win of this season’s Nations League on Tuesday night as they soaked up pressure from the visitors before delivering a stunning counter punch by catching Jesus Navas and De Gea out.

Sergio Ramos and Dani Olmo had late chances but could not prevent Spain from suffering their first loss since the back-to-back 3-2 defeats to England and Croatia in 2018 in Luis Enrique’s first stint in the job.

Enrique’s side do remain top of Group 4 following Germany’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Switzerland.

Hosts Ukraine were denied a penalty after Jesus Navas clashed with Oleksandr Zubkov

Luis Enrique sent on Manchester City summer signing Ferran Torres in the second half

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos (R) was also sent on and he appeared to make a difference

But ultimately it was frustration for Luis Enrique’s men after Tsyhankov’s crucial strike

It was delight however for Andriy Shevchenko whose side now have two wins in the group

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