Although Ukraine lost a difficult last-16 match to Sweden, they showed flexibility in their formation that allowed them to frustrate England on Saturday.
England's Euro 2020 quarterfinal opponents Ukraine were defeated by Sweden in a hard-fought last-16 tie. However, they showed that they can frustrate Gareth Southgate's team on Saturday with their flexibility in formation.
Artem Dovbyk scored in the final minutes of extra-time to secure a win for Ukraine against Sweden at Hampden Park. This victory came just hours after England defeated Germany at Wembley. The two sides will be meeting in the eight remaining rounds of the competition in Rome on Saturday night.
What can Southgate's players be expected to face in the StadioOlimpico? Oli Yew, a football writer, gave his take on the Sky Sports Football Euros Podcast
What will the win of Ukraine over Sweden cost them?
Yew: "Really England was the big winner at Hampden Park on Tuesday night. It was a physical match that took out Sweden and Ukraine. It was Ukraine that won the match when it mattered. Dovbyk was able to bring home a moment of magic from Oleksandr Zinchenko's superb cross.
"We can talk about fatigue, and it is. But there's nothing that gives you more energy than a last-minute win, especially in extra-time. This is a Euro 2020 quarterfinal, an opportunity that will not be repeated. This is the most Ukraine has ever reached in a major tournament. They will be thrilled after this thrilling win.
England's strategy has been to keep their cool, be strong, and stay in the game. Then, they exploit the opposition's creative players in the second period. They will do it again, even with fatigue that could be creeping into the Ukraine team.
Image: Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's head coach
How will Ukraine approach the game?
Yew: "Ukraine is a threat, but the way they set themselves up against Sweden will have put a stumbling block in the works for Southgate." They were in the group stage playing end-to-end, but it was quite different against Sweden. This will keep Southgate wondering what they might do in Rome.
"It was quite surprising that Shevchenko had changed their tactics in terms of their system. They normally play a 4-3-2-3, but Shevchenko switched to three back positions and two holding midfielders.
"Ruslan Manovskyi was a great player for Ukraine in the group stage. He was also brilliant against North Macedonia. He was forced to sit down and they moved to the next stage to face Sweden's threat. They were cautious but determined to score the break. The same approach will be used in Rome on Saturday."
Image: Andriy Yarmolenko runs away from the Sweden defenders
What are Ukraine's strengths and weaknesses?
Yew: "Zinchenko was brilliant in his goal and the cross that set up the winner was another great moment for him. Andriy Yarmolenko from Ukraine is also there. He had a tough season at West Ham and was a key player in everything that he does. England will be aware of his ability to cut in from the right flank and make a left-footed shot, and will need to be prepared for it.
"With Malinovskyi, Dovbyk, and Marlos, who won the winner, and Viktor Tsyhankov and Viktor Tsyhankov, they have options on the bench. Shevchenko will also look to them, especially since they play 120 minutes tonight.
"Whether he refreshes the team, he will return to that bench at some time in Rome. They are dangerous, they have technical ability, Shevchenko has proven he can tactically change the system when necessary. It will be interesting to see how Southgate reacts against Ukraine.
"They are technically sound and a strong footballing team, and it is impossible to underestimate Shevchenko’s role in this team. He is a legend in Ukraine and inspires them. They will be ready for Saturday night, that is certain.
"They won't be scared of England, they will give the experience a try."
Two to Watch
Image: Ukraine striker Roman Yaremchuk
Russ Taylor from Sky Sports, who previously worked in Ukraine for media and TV, has selected two players to watch.
Taylor: "Ukraine needs their big players to step-up and one who's been a little disappointing has been linked with the Premier League is Atalanta’s Malinovskyi. He is a talented player who can shoot from distance and set up goals. He was not in the games lately so they need to expect more.
Roman Yaremchuk is the other player who did well in this tournament in Belgium with Ghent. He is a No9. This is what the Ukrainian people have long awaited.
"When people think of Ukraine, they think of Serhiy Rebrov and Shevchenko. But what they really need is a No 9 or a goal scorer. Yaremchuk has achieved that in this tournament. He's another player I believe will make it to the Premier League, and people are keeping an eye on him. They need him to seize his chance."
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