Start date: 13 Oct 2020 23:45
Venue: Olimpiysky National Sports Complex
Referee: Pawel Gil, Poland
Spain will be looking to strengthen their grip on first position in their UEFA Nations League group when they continue their League A Group 4 campaign away to Ukraine on Tuesday night.
La Roja are currently top of the section with seven points, two points clear of second-placed Germany, and they will enter the match off the back of a 1-0 win over Switzerland on Saturday.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side opened their 2020-21 UEFA Nations League campaign with a 2-1 home victory over Switzerland but have lost their last two against Spain and Germany.
Ukraine also suffered a 7-1 defeat to France in an international friendly last week, but it must be noted that the Yellow and Blues are far from at full strength after a coronavirus outbreak.
Taras Stepanenko was among those unavailable to travel due to a positive coronavirus test, while Mykola Matviyenko, Andriy Pyatov and Junior Moraes were also forced to withdraw after the rest of the Shakhtar Donetsk squad were placed into isolation.
Ukraine actually finished ahead of Portugal in their Euro 2020 qualifying section, remaining unbeaten across eight matches, collecting an impressive 20 points in the process, and they will mainly be using the Nations League to prepare for next summer’s tournament.
Spain, meanwhile, will enter the match off the back of a 1-0 win over Switzerland on Saturday, with Mikel Oyarzabal scoring the only goal of the contest on home soil.
Luis Enrique’s side opened their 2020-21 Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Germany before beating Ukraine 4-0 in their first home game of the competition on September 6.
La Roja will now be looking to make it successive victories in the tournament ahead of clashes away to Switzerland and at home to Germany in November.
Spain breezed through their qualification section for next summer’s European Championships, winning nine of their 10 matches, while they are now unbeaten in all competitions since losing to Croatia in the 2018-19 edition of the Nations League, a run which stretches 15 matches.
Ukraine have actually never beaten Spain in an international game, with La Roja winning five of their six previous meetings, including a 4-0 success in the reverse clash on September 6.
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Ukraine possible starting lineup:
Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Sobol; Yarmolenko, Malinovskyi, Sydorchuk, Kovalenko, Tsygankov; Yaremchuk
Spain possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Navas, Ramos, Torres, Gaya; Merino, Busquets, Ceballos; Fati, Gerard Moreno, Oyarzabal
Current Ukraine squad is:
Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk, Oleksandr Zubkov
Midfielders: Ruslan Malinovskyi, Andriy Yarmolenko, Viktor Tsygankov, Marlos, Viktor Kovalenko, Mykola Shaparenko, Roman Bezus, Ihor Kharatin, Evgeny Makarenko, Oleksandr Karavaiev, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Volodymyr Shepeliev
Defenders: Vitaliy Mykolenko, Eduard Sobol, Igor Plastun, Bogdan Mykhaylichenko, Valeriy Bondar, Evgen Cheberko, Yukhym Konoplia, Illia Zabarnyi
Goalkeepers: Georgiy Bushchan, Dmytro Riznyk, Mykyta Shevchenko
Current Spain squad is:
Forwards: Ansu Fati, Adama Traoré, Rodrigo, Gerard Moreno
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Dani Ceballos, Dani Olmo, Rodri, Ferrán Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal, Sergio Canales, Mikel Merino, José Campaña
Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Reguilón, Eric García, Jesús Navas, José Luis Gayà, Pau Torres, Diego Llorente
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Unai Simón.