Andriy Shevchenko

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TASS, October 10. Head coach of Ukrainian football Andriy Shevchenko said that he was very hurt by the result of the match of the final round of the qualifying tournament of the 2018 FIFA world Cup vs team Croatia. The words of the specialist leads portal football.ua.

On Monday, the Ukrainian team in the playoff in his field gave the team Croatia with the score 0:2. The Ukrainians took the third place in group I and did not get into the play-offs for the right to play at the world championship.

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“I think the team took a step forward, despite the result, the Croats showed that they have players of a high level, – said Shevchenko. – In the second half of the Croatia national team picked up the pace and took advantage of our fatigue . The first half, I think, was behind us and we had to win it. As soon as the Croats began to press, we immediately had problems.”

“Croatia has a lot of good artists who in difficult times has gathered, raised the tempo and went ahead. We have problems, we have players who are not playing in their positions, the problem with the attack. This showed especially in the second half, the Croatians raised the rhythm and we began to err more often,” – said the expert.

“I am very pleased with the guys, but I am very sad for the result. After the first half we had very high hopes, we did not have the skills, experience. We have a lot of young players who lack experience, judge them I will not and will not allow anyone. We have a team that we are building, we have quality players worthy of playing in Dynamo [Kyiv] or Shakhtar, Schalke and others”, – said Shevchenko.

In the standings of the group I first place went to Iceland, won a ticket to the world Cup, the Croats will play in the play-offs. World Cup games will be held from 14 June to 15 July 2018 in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk.