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Andrew Todos’ Ukraine v Austria preview: Heorhiy Bushchan will be key to Ukrainian hopes

| 17.06.2021
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Ukraine need a draw against Austria to secure second place in Group C. The rivals are level on points but as Ukraine have scored more, they have the edge in the table. As such, expect a highly cagey affair, with a much larger focus on defence.

The unmistakable player to highlight going into this final group game is goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan. He redeemed himself with a very assured display against the North Macedonians and was unlucky to concede after saving Alioski’s penalty. His alertness and shot stopping will be crucial to ensure Ukraine keep out the physical Austrian forwards and prevent defeat in Bucharest.

Shevchenko’s side have been keeping to their manager’s tactical principles so far this tournament, by attempting to play on the front foot and building up from the back. However, as shutting out Austria is more imperative than attempting to score in this game; it can be anticipated that Ukraine will play much more cautiously. They’ll be soaking up pressure and playing on the break.

No new issues bar Oleksandr Zubkov, who is still a doubt for the final match after being injured on MD1. Ukraine have broken their Euros hoodoo. They’ll be looking to avoid defeat to ensure a first-ever knockout place. Should be a very close game. 1-1.

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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.