Euro 2020: Austria advance to last 16 with win over Ukraine in final group game | Football News

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BUCHAREST: Christoph Baumgartner’s first half aim sealed a slice of historical past for Austria as they defeated dismal Ukraine 1-0 on Monday to complete runners-up in Group C and seal a primary ever place within the final 16 of the European Championship.
Austria have been capable of have fun their achievement, however the outcome leaves Ukraine sweating on what appears a slim probability they are going to be among the many 4 finest third-placed groups and likewise earn their place within the knockout phases.
Baumgartner turned in David Alaba’s nook halfway by way of the primary half as Austria profited from a lacklustre show from Ukraine, who battled to search out fluidity when it seemingly mattered most within the match.

The Netherlands, who beat North Macedonia 3-0 of their ultimate sport, prime the group with a full haul of 9 factors from their three video games, whereas Austria are second on six factors and Ukraine have three, and a damaging goal-difference.
Austria will not be celebrating for lengthy although as they face in-form Italy within the final 16 in London on Saturday, developing in opposition to Roberto Mancini’s workforce which can be unbeaten of their final 30 internationals and who haven’t conceded in 11 video games.
Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko might be bewildered with the limp displaying of his aspect – they did, in spite of everything, end prime of their qualifying pool, choosing up 20 factors from their eight video games – three greater than holders Portugal. However they confirmed none of that tenacity in opposition to their workmanlike opponents.
Austria made the early operating and went forward on 21 minutes by way of a simply-worked aim. Alaba’s nook supply reached Baumgartner, who had moved forward of his marker and prodded the ball into the web.
Ukraine largely wasted what possession they’d with misplaced passes however created a uncommon opening simply earlier than the half-hour mark when Mykola Shaparenko’s shot was crushed away by Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and Andriy Yarmolenko narrowly did not get onto the rebound.
Marko Arnautovic, again within the aspect after a suspension, spurned a wonderful alternative to double the lead earlier than the break when he discovered himself unmarked within the field, however couldn’t get a strong connection on an inviting cross from Alessandro Schopf and the ball dribbled broad.
Ukraine have been brighter initially of the second half and confirmed extra ambition to get ahead and put Austria below strain.
However a scarcity of accuracy with their passing continued to hamper the aspect and the one time they regarded threatening was from occasional set-piece alternatives.
Even within the closing phases, because the minutes ticked away, Ukraine by no means regarded like getting the aim that will have meant they completed above the Austrians.

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