Ukraine and North Macedonia are playing at National Arena in round 2 of Group C in the Euro Cup 2021. Ukraine has done well in round 1 despite the loss, but they will need to step up their defense in this match. North Macedonia has had some good moments in their game against Austria, but they were far away from the win.
Ukraine was solid in their game against Netherlands, and they have shown a lot of character in that match. Ukraine has had 39% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 1 big chance created, and a solid 82% of the correct passes. The first half of this match was tight, but Netherlands has scored 2 goals early in the second half. Ukraine has scored 2 goals within 5 minutes, and they were suddenly back in the game. Unfortunately for Ukraine, They conceded another goal in the 85th minute, and they ended up losing this match 3-2. Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk have each scored 1 goal for Ukraine so far, while Yaremchuk and Mlinovskyi added 1 assist each. I liked what a saw from Ukraine, but they will need to win this game if they want to have a chance at getting to second place or be among the best third-placed teams.
North Macedonia has shown they have a lot of fight in them and being one of the weakest teams in this tournament, that is all they can do. North Macedonia was playing against Austria in Round 1, and they have had only 37% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 0 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 72% of the correct passes. The first half ended in a 1-1 draw, and Pandev was the goalscorer for North Macedonia. In the second half, North Macedonia just couldn’t keep up with Austria, and they have conceded 2 goals. North Macedonia has lost this match 3-1. No matter how well North Macedonia has played in their first game, they are still the underdog in this group, and they will need a lot of luck to advance to the next stage, and I mean a lot of luck. North Macedonia is improving, and they are developing their soccer in the right direction, but I just don’t see North Macedonia getting through the group stage, or even win a game in this tournament.
I think this will be the game where we won’t see a lot of defenses, and it will be fun. Ukraine is the better team, a more experienced team, and I see them winning this match, but I will stick to goals because I think North Macedonia can score against Ukraine.