Euro Betting: Ukraine vs Austria, 21 June
Final Group Game | Group C | Bucharest
Their Euro So Far
Each nation has suffered similar Euro fates so far, both beating North Macedonia, as well as losing to the Dutch. Going into the final group game against each other, they both have identical goal difference, except for the fact that Ukraine have scored an extra goal. This means that all-important second spot is up for grabs as they face each other. With Yarmolenko firing in successive games for Ukraine, Shevchenko’s men will feel confident, but with Arnautovic likely returning for Austria, it could be harder than they fear.
Andriy Shevchenko’s men will finish second and qualify for the knockout stages with a win or a draw. That all important extra goal giving them a slight edge going into the game. If they do suffer defeat, they will have a slim chance of qualifying as one of the four best third placed teams across the group stages.
For the Austrians, it’s far more clear cut; they must win to achieve automatic qualification to the next round, in second place. A draw or defeat will only leave them in third place, with nothing but faint hopes of being one of the four best third placed teams.
The two recent Euro co-hosts have faced each other just three times, but this will be their first ever competitive fixture, as they play on relatively neutral ground in Bucharest.
Their last two meetings of note were friendly matches during the 2011/12 season. In both games, each result was dramatically decided in the final seconds of playing time. Ukraine scored a 90th minute winner courtesy of Marko Devic, just twenty minutes after an Oleksandr Kucher own goal had made a draw seem the most likely outcome.
The following year, in their 2012 Euro hosting warm-up game, Ukraine suffered their own last-minute defeat to Austria. Things started brightly when Ukraine went ahead early on, then Austria gained parity near the hour mark, the spark of a three-goal cluster that made a draw look inevitable. That was until, Marko Arnautovic (in the current squad) gave Austria a dramatic win a minute from time.
With all to play for in their first competitive game, let’s hope for more of the same drama.
So, will Ukraine reign supreme? Or will Austria achieve their own dream of reaching the knockout stages for the first time?