Ukraine VS North Macedonia UEFA Euro LIVE Football Score 17 June 2021
Both teams suffered late defeats in their opening fixtures, Ukraine succumbing to the Netherlands, and North Macedonia to Austria. Nevertheless, each side has cause for optimism ahead of kick-off here: Andriy Yarmolenko scored an early Goal of the Tournament contender as Ukraine fought back from 2-0 down to temporarily equalise in Amsterdam, while Goran Pandev registered North Macedonia’s historic first EURO goal on their tournament debut. Both teams know that defeat, depending on the other result in the group, could end their campaign.
The Ukrainians are the favourites with Grosvenor Sport at 8/11 while North Macedonia are 17/4 and a draw is 13/5. Andriy Shevchenko’s side gave a great account of themselves against the Netherlands but suffered heartbreak in the dying embers of the match to lose the match 3-2. The match of the competition, so far, there are plenty of positives for Ukraine to take before they face North Macedonia but will need to be wary of the threat their next opponents hold. North Macedonia did put in a good account of themselves but that was largely thanks to the experienced Goran Pandev but even then there was only so much the 37-year-old could do – one man cannot carry a team in this contest and Austria ultimately outplayed them in their last match.
Ukraine and North Macedonia meet on Thursday with both nations looking to pick up their first points of Euro 2020 – and realistically, if they have hopes of reaching the last 16, this is a game they’ll both be aiming to win.
The situation is perhaps more perilous for North Macedonia, as they face Netherlands in their final match – a tough game to get a win from given the quality the Dutch possess.
Defeat to Austria in their opening match means an uphill battle for North Macedonia, at their first major men’s finals as an independent nation, but Ukraine also lost their opener – against Netherlands in a topsy-turvy encounter.
Andriy Yarmolenko scored a goal of the tournament contender in that clash, though it has since been eclipsed in the minds of many by one or two other strikes.