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EURO competitors: Ukraine

euro contenders: ukraine

EURO pedigree

Previous final tournaments: 2
EURO best: group stage (2012, 2016)

Ukraine has qualified for the third consecutive EURO&#39, but has not yet reached the qualifying stage. Synio-Zhovti, who made it to the finals as co-host for the first time in 2012, started with a dramatic 2-1/#39 comeback from Sweden on an unforgettable night in Kiev. Five consecutive EURO final defeats followed.

Key players

Every goal on Ukraine's road to EURO 2020

Every goal Ukraine scored on the way to EURO 2020

Andriy Yarmolenko (92 caps, 38 goals)
As Ukraine's leading active striker (only Andriy Shevchenko is ahead in the all-time standings in 48/#39), Yarmolenko remains his side's main creative threat, despite his lacking in first-team football in West Ham.

Ruslan Malinovskyi (32 caps, 6 goals)
Atalanta&#39's versatile midfielder has a huge impact on Ukraine&#39's approach, thanks to his excellent dispersion and ability to hold the ball, create space and glide across the lines – not to mention his poisonous shot from afar.

Unforgettable EURO goals

• Ukraine followed Sweden for just three minutes at the opening of UEFA EURO 2012 in Kiev before captain Shevchenko's #39 went into the middle of Yarmolenko for a historic goal.

• Ukraine&#39's current coach confirms Ukraine&#39's win an hour later – signaling enthusiastic celebrations across the country.

memorable moments

Watch Shevchenko head Ukraine to victory at EURO 2012

Watch Shevchenko&#39 lead Ukraine&#39 to victory at EURO 2012&#39

• Despite being plagued by an injury at the end of his career, Shevchenko&#39's determination to play at home in 2012&#39 was duly rewarded on that famous night in Kiev&#39. NSK Olimpiyskiy hosted a party like no other.

• Ukraine could have reached the last eight in 2012 if they had beaten England&#39 in the last group match, but Wayne Rooney's goal crushed his dreams shortly after the break.

• Four years later, Ukraine had to swallow an equally bitter pill when Northern Ireland&#39's 2-0&#39 defeat ended their hopes of making it out of the group stage after just two games.

Statistics

Yarmolenko stuns Portugal in EURO 2020 qualifying

Yarmolenko surprises Portugal in EURO 2020 qualifiers

Latest tournament appearances
6
: Yevgen Khacheridi, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Pyatov, Andriy Yarmolenko
4 : Anatoly Tymoshchuk

Most final tournament goals
2 : Andriy Shevchenko

Killer stat : Ukraine has not scored in the last five EURO finals: against France and England in 2012&#39, and against Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland in 2016&#39.

Do you know?

• Shevchenko, who was the captain of Synio-Zhovti&#39 in UEFA EURO 2012&#39, was appointed as assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko&#39 before the 2016 tournament. Now preparing for the third EURO'this time in the best job.

• This is the first time Ukraine has been awarded a EURO directly; They co-hosted in 2012&#39 and claimed the play-off win against Slovenia in 2016&#39.

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