Ukraine Shocks Spain 1-0 in Nations League Matchup

UEFA Nations League game between the national football teams of Ukraine and Spain. Photo by Aleksandr Gusev/Pacific Press/Shutterstock (10954072d)

Spain showed up to Kyiv on a 15-game undefeated streak as they met Ukraine in Group A4 of the UEFA Nations League action, but the Yellow and Blue surprised everyone by dispatching of the 2010 World Cup winners by a 1-0 final.

Spain dominated the first half of the game, controlling possession and having a couple of clear chances at goal as Ukraine looked to be fighting for their lives.

Sergio Ramos hit the crossbar on a free-kick and Ansu Fati nearly found the net on a breakaway, but despite all of the pressure they withstood, Ukraine went into the locker room at halftime with the game knotted at 0.

After the break, Ukraine began to improve in play and their breakthrough came in the 76th minute of the match.

On a surprise breakaway, Andriy Yarmolenko made a stunning threaded pass to Dynamo Kyiv’s Viktor Tsygankov, who caught Spain keeper David de Gea out of position and far from the net. He fired a shot from outside of the box which found its target, sending the reduced capacity crowd into a frenzy.

Ukraine was able to hold on and secure a 1-0 victory, moving them to within a point of Spain and level with Germany in the Group A4 table.

The Blue and Yellow will look to continue their momentum as they match up with Germany on November 14th, while the Spanish will look to get back on track against Switzerland the same day.