European Championship Qualifying - Group B
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Portugal 0-0 Ukraine: Cristiano Ronaldo return ends in frustrating draw

Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 85 goals in 155 international games

European champions Portugal were held to a frustrating goalless draw in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine as Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the side.

Ronaldo had missed the past six internationals after Portugal were knocked out in the World Cup last 16.

Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov made two strong saves to deny Ronaldo and also kept out Andre Silva's curling effort.

Portugal had 18 shots in Lisbon, while Ukraine managed just two.

William Carvalho thought he had put Portugal in front with a close-range header after 16 minutes but it was ruled out for offside.

There was also a penalty appeal from the hosts in stoppage time when substitute Dyego Sousa appeared to be bundled over as he tried to get on the end of Ronaldo's low cross.

Portugal will host Serbia on Monday in Lisbon. Luxembourg beat Lithuania 2-1 in Friday's other Group B match.

The top two teams from each group qualify for the Euro 2020 finals but if Portugal were to miss out, they are guaranteed a play-off place after reaching the Nations League semi-finals.

Line-ups

Portugal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Cancelo
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 18NevesSubstituted forFerreira Silvaat 62'minutes
  • 8João MoutinhoSubstituted forJoão Márioat 87'minutes
  • 11Bernardo Silva
  • 9André SilvaSubstituted forFerreira Sousaat 73'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6José Fonte
  • 10João Mário
  • 12Malheiro de Sá
  • 13Danilo
  • 15Ferreira Silva
  • 16Sequeira
  • 17Jota
  • 19Mário Rui
  • 20Afonso Fernandes
  • 21Nélson Semedo
  • 22Beto
  • 23Ferreira Sousa

Ukraine

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12Pyatov
  • 21Karavaev
  • 4Krivtsov
  • 22Matvyenko
  • 13Mykolenko
  • 6StepanenkoBooked at 86mins
  • 11MarlosSubstituted forTsygankovat 67'minutes
  • 17Zinchenko
  • 8Malinovskiy
  • 10KonoplyankaSubstituted forBuyalskiyat 87'minutes
  • 18YaremchukSubstituted forJúnior Moraesat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boyko
  • 2Butko
  • 3Sobol
  • 5Burda
  • 7Shaparenko
  • 9Kravets
  • 14Buyalskiy
  • 15Tsygankov
  • 16Sydorchuk
  • 19Júnior Moraes
  • 20Bezus
  • 23Lunin
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
58,355

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamUkraine
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home18
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal 0, Ukraine 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal 0, Ukraine 0.

  3. Post update

    João Mário (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Moraes (Ukraine).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dyego Sousa (Portugal).

  6. Post update

    Sergey Krivtsov (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by William Carvalho.

  8. Post update

    Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Moraes (Ukraine).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dyego Sousa (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Mário.

  11. Post update

    William Carvalho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ruslan Malinovskiy (Ukraine).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. William Carvalho (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ruslan Malinovskiy (Ukraine).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine. Vitaliy Buyalskiy replaces Yevhen Konoplyanka.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. João Mário replaces João Moutinho.

  18. Booking

    Taras Stepanenko (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Rafa (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Taras Stepanenko (Ukraine).

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