Goals from Andrei Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk helped Ukraine beat North Macedonia 2-1 on Thursday to register their first win at the European Football Championship. Forward Yarmolenko scored in the 29th minute while Yaremchuk scored in the 34th minute. North Macedonian Aarey’s lone goal came in the 57th minute by Ezgjan Alioski.
Ukraine’s Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk also scored against the Netherlands in the first match of Euro 2020 on Sunday but the team lost 2-3. Yaremolenko scored a flick from the corner on Oleksandr Karavaev’s goal from close to the goal. Yarmolenko then made a move from the right end five minutes later, and Yaremchuk hit goalkeeper Stol Dmitrievsky on his pass and doubled Ukraine’s lead.
Against the Netherlands too, both these players scored two goals within four minutes. Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk equaled coach Andrei Shevchenko’s record of scoring two goals for Ukraine at the European Championships. Shevchenko scored his goal during a 2-1 win against Sweden co-hosting Euro 2012. This was Ukraine’s only previous victory in this continental tournament. Alyowski rebounded from goalkeeper Georgei Buschen on a penalty and brought the ball into the goal. Ukraine are on three points in Group C while North Macedonia are yet to open their account and are in danger of being eliminated from the tournament.
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