Ukraine v Ireland: Preview, team news, time, TV schedule and everything you need to know. PIC: Sportsfile
The Republic of Ireland travel to Lodz, Poland in high spirits after defeating Scotland 3-0 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The Boys in Green picked up their first UEFA Nations League victory on their 13th attempt in spectacular fashion. Swansea striker Michael Obafemi put in an inspirational performance which included a stunning strike and a fantastic assist for Troy Parrott's first half goal.
Stephen Kenny's side travel to Poland to play a strong Ukraine outfit on Tuesday, June 14. Oleksandr Petrakov's team, who narrowly missed out on World Cup qualification against Wales, defeated Ireland 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium last Wednesday thanks to a Viktor Tsyhankov goal.
The Ukraine (A) contest will be Ireland's last fixture of the four-game June window having lost two and won one in their Nations League campaign so far.
Kenny announced a 27-man squad for the Nations League fixtures. Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has since been ruled out of the remaining games due to injury and his replacement James Talbot has also suffered a knock. Bristol City's Max O'Leary has been added to the squad while captain Seamus Coleman has also been ruled out due to injury. Defender John Egan, forward Chiedozie Ogbene and striker Michael Obafemi will be doubts for the Ukraine game with knocks while Shane Duffy is suspended for the fixture. See the full squad below:
— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) May 25, 2022
27-man squad named for UEFA Nations League fixtures in June
Michael Obafemi returns ✅
First senior call-ups for Festy Ebosele & CJ Hamilton
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Ukraine's squad includes a host of well-known players who play in the top leagues of Europe, including the Premier League. Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko, West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko and Everton's Vitaliy Mykolenko are a few of the names in the Ukrainian setup.
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WHAT THEY SAID
After the Scotland victory, Stephen Kenny said he has a clear plan on what he wants to achieve and wants his side to concentrate on the Ukraine game on Tuesday night.
"I’m very clear on what I’m doing," Kenny said.
“It’s been a really radical shift in the number of players we’ve brought through and it’s very exciting, and clearly the public really identify with it and it’s really, really exciting.
“We had setbacks this week, which we’re disappointed with and we’re not happy about ourselves, the defeat in Armenia particularly, which was a setback. That was one that we didn’t want.
“But we’ve got to switch on to Ukraine now.”
Tuesday's UEFA Nations League game will kick-off at 7.45pm at the Municipal Stadium of LKS, Lodz, Poland.
The match will be live on RTE2 with coverage starting at 7pm. The game will also be live on Premier 2 with coverage beginning at 7pm.
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