Kiev (dpa) – After the biggest defeat of their international match
History hopes to bolster Ukraine’s national football team ahead of the Nations League game against Germany.
For Saturday’s home game (8.45 p.m. / ARD) in Kiev, head coach Andrei Shevchenko expects the return of six regular players of master Shakhtar Donetsk, who were absent from the 1: 7 friendly debacle against France in Paris due to coronavirus infections. “The Shakhtar players will have tests tomorrow, after which it will be clear who we can call for this team,” Shevchenko said after the game.
According to fourth place at the table in the Ukrainian Premyer League, all players, the coaching and support team passed tests for the coronavirus on Thursday. Everyone was inside themselves since Monday. “Results are expected Friday morning,” said Shakhtar. After that, decisions about resuming training would be made.
Decimated by the corona-related failures and injuries, Ukraine suffered the biggest 7-1 defeat in their history against France. “France is the world champion – unfortunately we couldn’t bring our best team to compete with them,” said Shevchenko.
His selection missed six regular players due to the coronavirus quarantine of first-division Shakhtar Donetsk. Four players made their international debut on Wednesday. The 45-year-old goalkeeper coach Alexander Schowkowski was brought into the team as a substitute.
The number of corona cases is increasing rapidly in Ukraine. On Thursday, 5,397 new infections – a daily record – were registered. Nevertheless, after approval by Mayor Vitali Klitschko, thousands of spectators are expected in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.