Despite having an advantage in possession and creating goalscoring chances, Ukraine were unable to find the net during the friendly match against Malta at 6th of June in Graz. Andriy Shevchenko’s team lost to brave underdogs after Muscat’s accurate header in the 14th minute.
The best Ukrainian opportunities to come from behind were wasted by Seleznyov in the first half. In the 11th minute Karabukspor forward’s header hit the post, and after that the ball just went wide. One more chance to equalize Yevhen missed before the break, while he couldn’t get the ball after Morozyuk’s cross for the right wing.
Late in the match Dynamo midfielder Shepelyev found himself in the dangerous area, but his shot didn’t find the far bottom corner – 0:1.
At 11th of June Ukraine will face Finland during the World Cup-2018 qualifying match in Tampere.
Ukraine – Malta – 0:1
Goal: Muscat (14)
Ukraine: Pyatov – Matviyenko (Butko, 46), Kucher (Ordets, 46), Sydorchuk (Malyshev, 46), Rakytskyi (Kryvtsov, 46), Malinovskyi (Sobol, 46), Morozyuk (Tsyhankov, 46), Kovalenko (Shepelyev, 46), Yarmolenko (Konoplyanka, 46), Stepanenko (Shakhov, 46), Seleznyov (Byesyedin, 46)
Malta: Hogg (Bonello, 46) – A. Muscat, Agius, Faylla (Zerafa, 57), Christensen (D. Camilleri, 67), Z. Muscat (R. Camilleri, 67). Borg, Fenech (Bezzina, 82). Schembri (Gambin, 61), Effiong (Mifsud, 70), PisaniPrint version
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