Impressive Austria into last 16 of Euro 2020 after 1-0 win against Ukraine

Sports Tuesday 22/June/2021 06:15 AM
By: xinhua
Impressive Austria into last 16 of Euro 2020 after 1-0 win against Ukraine
Austria gave a solid performance from start to finish

Bucharest:  Austria qualified for the last 16 of the European Championships on Monday with a 1-0 win against Ukraine thanks to Christof Baumgartner's 20th minute goal.

Austria gave a solid performance from start to finish and coach Franco Foda's only complaint will be that not scoring a second goal left Ukraine with options until the final whistle.

Ukraine meanwhile disappointed and rarely looked like scoring, despite coach Andriy Shevchenko making several attacking changes as they chased an equalizer.

The game kicked off with Ukraine knowing a draw would see them into the last 16, while Austria needed a win in order to assure their progress to the knockout stages and they looked to take the game to their rivals from the start.

With Marko Arnautovich back after suspension, Austria camped in their rivals' half and got their reward when Baumgartner prodded home from a corner in the 20th minute.

It wasn't until almost the half hour that Ukraine finally put together a move in attack with Mykola Shaparenko drawing a save from Daniel Bachmann with Andriy Yamolenko just failing to get on the end of the rebound.

By then the Austrians had managed seven shots and forced six corners and although they suffered a setback when Baumgartner had to go off after a clash of heads, they continued to press.

Marcel Sabitzer drew a sharp save from Gregoriy Bushchan, Arnautovich sidefooted wide with just the keeper to beat and Stefan Lainer sliced well wide when he should have hit the target to keep the score 1-0 by the break.

Bachmann was at full stretch to punch Yamolenko's free kick in the 61st minute, but although Ukraine were pushing hard, all too often the final pass was letting them down.

Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko could sense the game was running away from his side and brought Brazilian born winger, Marlos on for midfielder Mykola Shaparenko, but Ukraine were still looking too sluggish to threaten the Austrian defense.

Roman Yarenchuk produced a chance out of nothing when he turned his defender inside the area, but his shot flashed across the face of goal, but overall, the well-worked Austrian midfield and defense kept their rivals at bay until the final whistle with hardly any nervous moments for their fans.