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Andrew Todos’ Sweden v Ukraine preview: Ukraine to win on penalties?

| 27.06.2021

Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Ukraine throughout Euro 2020

Ukraine have reached the Euro knockout rounds for the first time in their history thanks to a huge amount of good fortune. Having lost against Austria, other fixtures going their way meant a third-place finish was enough. Now they need to make up for their poor performance against the Austrians.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has been way below his best this tournament. The issue seems to be with him being played on the right-hand side of the midfield, which as a left footed player has caused problems. Should Andriy Shevchenko move him to his favoured left, Zinchenko’s creative passing could begin to prove influential once more.

During the Austria match, many were bewildered with Shevchenko’s tactics, due to the fact that there didn’t seem to be any. The team looked dead on their feet and the manager blamed tiredness for the sub-par display. With a week break until the next game – it’s expected Ukraine can regain some sharpness and aim to play their controlling, build-up play style against the Swedes.

Oleksandr Zubkov may be fit after his injury on Matchday one, and there are no other known injury problems.

Luck seems to be on Ukraine’s side so they have the perfect opportunity to make amends, getting a second chance, after last Monday’s underwhelming display. 1-1 (Ukraine win on Pens).

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Andrew Todos

Andrew Todos is a freelance football journalist, podcast host and a Ukrainian football expert. He is the founder of the leading English language resource for Ukrainian football – Zorya Londonsk; which can be found on Twitter & Instagram @zoryalondonsk.
The Zorya Londonsk website and social media pages provide regular news, content, analysis on Ukrainian football, which otherwise would be rather inaccessible to audiences outside of the country itself.

Andrew is also a co-host of the UKRFUT24 Podcast, which provides weekly delves into Ukrainian Football, such as matchday roundups, interviews with managers and players, and historic tales. He has contributed to written publications in both Ukraine & the UK and has also appeared on BBC Radio & TalkSPORT.

He was ever present during Ukraine’s EURO 2020 qualifying campaign in 2019 and has also been privileged enough to continue covering the side live both home and away since.