Ukraine snatched all three points from North Macedonia in a 2-1 victory on Thursday, at Arena Natională. With each team arriving on the back of a league defeat, they were both keen to pick up points. Ukraine were looking to get back winning ways after losing their last game 3-2 to Netherlands. North Macedonia, on the other hand, lost 3-1 in the last match they played against Austria. As it stands, Ukraine are in 2nd place, with 3 points from 2 matches, while North Macedonia sit in 4th, with 0 points from 2.
It was an impressive opening from Ukraine, thanks to a goal from Yarmolenko at the 29 minute mark. They then scored again, increasing their advantage thanks to a goal from Yaremchuk in the 34th minute. The score at half time was 2-0.
The Red Lynx took the lead in the second half, with a goal from Alioski, 57 minutes in. When the final wisthle blew, the result was 2-1 to Ukraine.
For Ukraine, Besedin, Tsygankov, Sydorchuk and Sobol, came on for Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Shaparenko and Malinovskyi. North Macedonia brought on Trajkovski, Churlinov, Avramovski, Ristevski and Tričkovski for Nikolov, Spirovski, Bardhi, Ademi and Velkoski.
There were bookings for Shaparenko from Ukraine, and Velkoski and Avramovski, for North Macedonia.
North Macedonia and Ukraine will next play at home to Netherlands and Austria respectively.
|Ukraine:||Bushchan, Matviyenko, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Karavaev, Stepanenko, Shaparenko (Sydorchuk, min.78), Zinchenko, Yarmolenko (Besedin, min.70), Malinovskyi (Sobol, min.92) and Yaremchuk (Tsygankov, min.70)|
|North Macedonia:||Dimitrievski, Velkoski (Tričkovski, min.85), Musliu, Ristovski, Spirovski (Churlinov, min.46), Ademi (Ristevski, min.85), Bardhi (Avramovski, min.77), Alioski, Nikolov (Trajkovski, min.46), Elmas and Pandev|
|Goals:||Yarmolenko (1-0, min. 29), Yaremchuk (2-0, min. 34) and Alioski (2-1, min. 57)|