European champions Portugal were held to a 0-0 draw by Ukraine in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday as Cristiano Ronaldo returned for the first time since the World Cup.
Ukraine's veteran goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov kept Portugal at bay with several fine saves in the first hour before the hosts ran out of ideas in the Group B game.
"The team had some good moments and some difficult moments, we failed to take three or four chances in the first half," said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose...
Ukraine have dropped defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy from the national team after he joined Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg.
Rakitskiy was not included in Ukraine's squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg, his country's first games since he signed for Zenit in January .
Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has not explained the decision to drop Rakitskiy, who has played 54 times for his country.
Rakitsky's move to Zenit was unpopular in Ukraine,...
Italy, fielding another experimental lineup, produced a lively first-half performance but were still held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine in a friendly on Wednesday.
Coach Roberto Mancini made eight changes to the starting line-up from the team which lost 1-0 to Portugal in the Nations League in their last outing where he in turn had made nine changes from the previous game.
The draw also extends the Azzurri's winless streak to five matches.
The attacking trio of Federico Bernardeschi,...
UEFA has charged Poland with fan racism in a Nations League game, while the Czech Republic and Ukraine face charges for crowd unrest.
These are the first disciplinary cases involving Europe's newest international competition. UEFA didn't specify what Polish fans are alleged to have done in Friday's 1-1 draw with Italy, but said the case would be heard Sept. 21.
Both the Czech Republic and Ukraine are charged over pitch invasions in their game Thursday, while Ukraine's fans are also accused of crowd...