Euro 2020, Ukraine vs Austria: 3 key battles to watch out for in UKR vs AUT: Ukraine aim to secure qualification to the knockout rounds of Euro 2020 from Group C when they face Austria in Bucharest on Monday. The fixture acts as a final for both sides since whoever wins will qualify alongside Netherlands into the next round.
As the teams prepare for this crucial showdown, we profile 3 key player battles that could decide the outcome of the game.
Euro 2020, Ukraine vs Austria: 3 key battles to watch out for in UKR vs AUT:
Euro 2020, Ukraine vs Austria: Key Battle 1
Andriy Yarmolenko vs Martin Hinteregger
Yarmolenko has relished the responsibility entrusted on him by Shevchenko. The West Ham United winger loves running down the flank and cutting inside onto his stronger left foot in a bid to find the back of the net.
Although he is 31 now and played a bit-part role at club level for the Hammers last season, Yarmolenko marked his arrival at the Euros with an outrageous finish against Netherlands.
Hinteregger has started games on the left side of Austria’s back-three and could be directly up against the threat of Yarmolenko. Purely based on form, it might be difficult for the Austrian to keep Yarmolenko quiet, but it will be a battle worth watching.
Euro 2020, Ukraine vs Austria: Key Battle 2
David Alaba vs Roman Yaremchuk
Without the shadow of a doubt, Alaba is arguably the most important player for Austria whether he plays in midfield or in defence. Chances are he will once again be deployed in the back-three, where the threat from Ukraine looms large.
Yaremchuk has been in sparkling form and can be a real handful to any defender due to his physical presence and clever movement. The marksman is calm in front of goal too as he displayed it during his finish against North Macedonia.
This promises to be an intriguing battle, whoever triumphs will tilt the game in their favour.
Euro 2020, Ukraine vs Austria: Key Battle 3
Oleksandr Karavayev vs Marcel Sabitzer
Karavayev ended up conceding a penalty in the win over North Macedonia. The Ukraine full-back will have to be at his best if he wants to avoid similar mishaps against Austria.
It goes without saying that Sabitzer will have to play a hugely-significant role in attack for Austria. The RB Leipzig star excelled in the win over North Macedonia and showed he can pick a pass from the wide areas with utmost precision.
That is exactly why Karavayev will be hoping to stop Sabitzer on his tracks. Ukraine need to be alert to the threat from Austria on the break and Karavayev will shoulder the important duty of keeping Sabitzer in check.