Ukraine gave themselves a shot of earning a spot in the knockout stages of this summer’s tournament after their victory against North Macedonia on Thursday afternoon. Andriy Shevchenko’s men got off to a flying start against the tournament debutants but were forced to sweat in the second half after conceding to Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski and then missing a penalty of their own later on.
Austria’s victory against North Macedonia is also what has given them a fighting chance of making it into the knockout stages of the tournament However, there will have been cause for concern in their performance against the Netherlands on Thursday as Frank de Boer’s men cruised to an effortless 2-0 victory in Amsterdam.
A draw would take Ukraine through with Shevchenko’s men currently edging the second place of Group C following Austria’s crushing defeat against the Netherlands. Whichever side finishes in second spot will progress to face the winner of Group A which as it stands looks set to be the Italians who only need a point in their final game against Wales to top the group.
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Ukraine vs Austria: Match Stats
Ukraine perhaps shocked a few people with the fight shown in their narrow defeat against the Netherlands. After finding themselves two goals down with just 15 minutes to go, Shevchenko’s men found the net twice in the space of four minutes to give themselves a fighting chance. However, their defence has proven an issue that almost proved costly in their victory over North Macedonia on Thursday.
The future of RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer is up in the air after the Austrian ended the 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign with eight goals and four assists to his name. The 27-year-old has looked a threat in the opening two games of the tournament and has already been able to record an assist. We think any success Austria have against Ukraine will come through the midfielder.
Ukraine vs Austria: Corner Stats
Ukraine sealed the victory in their previous outing against North Macedonia, however, they were only able to record five corners throughout the entirety of the game. And in their first game of the tournament against the Netherlands Andriy Shevchenko’s men only managed to record one corner against Frank de Boer’s men.
Ukraine vs Austria: Cards Stats
Austria’s attacking intentions were questioned against the Netherlands on Thursday and racked up a total of two yellow cards having been forced to defend for large periods of the game. Even in their convincing 3-1 victory over North Macedonia, Franco Foda’s men could not avoid being shown a card with Stefan Lainer seeing his name written in the referee’s book.
Meetings between these two sides are few and far between. The two games have produced goals with each side boasting one win each. It has now been nine years since these nations last met and Monday’s game certainly has a lot on the line.