Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Thanks to Jose Gaya’s late goal Spain shared the spoils with Germany in their Nations League opener. La Roja are now eyeing their first win of the process, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Ukraine in Sunday’s showdown. Valencia attacker Rodrigo is likely to lead the line for the hosts despite failing to find the net in the 1-1 draw with Germany. Ukraine, on the other hand, kicked off their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 win over Switzerland.
The Ukrainians have been producing splendid displays ever since Andriy Shevchenko took over the reins, and seeing that Spain boss Luis Enrique can’t count on several first-team regulars for Sunday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on draw. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Premier League ace Andriy Yarmolenko, who opened his goal-scoring account against the Rossocrociati.
Highlighted Player (Sergio Ramos):
Over the years Sergio Ramos has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world. The Spanish footballer was born in Camas on 30 March, 1986 and he is a product of Sevilla’s youth academy. He made 39 league appearances for Sevilla and he played 26 games for the reserve team as well from 2003 to 2005.
In the summer of 2005 Sergio Ramos signed a deal with Real Madrid for a fee of €27 million and it has to be noted that he made 33 appearances for the capital club in the 2005/2006 La Liga campaign. The 183-cm-tall full back is capable of playing as a right back as well and, as a result, he often scores for Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos helped Real Madrid win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016) and he has three La Liga titles with los Blancos. The Spanish defender won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with la Furia Roja, while clinching Euro 2008 and 2010 titles with the Spanish national team as well.
Highlighted Team (Ukraine):
After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since. Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage.
The generation that secured qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France is arguably the most talented ever, with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Rotan and Roman Zozulya the leading players, but plenty more talent present in Mikhail Fomenko’s squad.
Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.