Ukraine’s exit from Euro 2020 was confirmed after Maguire’s goal for England, Joseph Yobo has said. He recently revealed that Ukraine’s dodgy defending simply made it clear that they were never going to progress.
According to him, goals change the game and Shevchenko’s players should have done everything to prevent a second goal that early in the second half.
Yobo added that the Ukraine players worked very hard to reach the quarterfinals stage of the tournament so they should have protected their goal better.
His words, “The second goal is the one I am disappointed at – because in football, goals change the game.”
“As a defender, I was taught to stay in the game at all times. Mistakes can be made but then, that second goal at that crucial time [changed everything].”
“They are professionals, they fought so hard to get to this level, so there was no need to be complacent or relax.”
“They were meant to come into the game to even put more pressure on the England team and not to sit back, but we didn’t see that happen and they conceded the second goal just two minutes into the second half.”
“That was very disappointing because for me at that point, I said game over because you can’t go two-nil against a better side like England and expect a comeback from a team the Ukrainians had today. They didn’t really come to the party.”
“We didn’t see much from them and most importantly, when it’s not happening, they are to defend.”
“You have to clear your lines, head the ball, do what you have to do and be hoping for a break someway and somehow. But we didn’t see them defending or attacking, it was just England all over.”
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