- Title: Ukraine and Portugal prepare for crucial Euro 2020 qualifier
- Date: 13th October 2019
- Summary: KIEV, UKRAINE (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PORTUGUESE TEAM RUNNING IN PITCH TEAM WARMING UP VARIOUS OF TEAM TRAINING IN PITCH PORTUGUESE TEAM SITS DOWN AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) CENTER BACK IN PORTUGUESE SOCCER TEAM, KEPLER LAVERAN DE LIMA FERREIRA, PEPE, SAYING: "Firstly, I think that Ukraine is a strong team collectively, a team that is looking for a game that is between the lines, a team that is strong in aerial play. They are also a team with good players that can shoot from the air. I think we need to be ready for that and focused on what we have to do as a team, so we can do our jobs, to do what we have to do, for a good game and to get a positive result." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGUESE SOCCER TEAM COACH, FERNANDO SANTOS, SAYING: "I think it's going to be a high-level game. It has all the ingredients for it to be the case: great teams, quality players of a high technical level. The Ukrainian team showed their quality in Portugal, of quality players, who have been well prepared by (coach) Shevchenko, who has also taken advantage of the value of many of the players from Shakhtar Donetsk." VARIOUS OF UKRAINIAN TEAM COMING OUT ON PITCH VARIOUS OF TEAM WARMING UP GOALKEEPERS TRAINING VARIOUS OF TEAM TRAINING UKRAINIAN TEAM SITTING DOWN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UKRAINIAN SOCCER TEAM COACH, ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO, SAYING: "It's an amazing team, they are well-trained. It has wonderful players, it has one of the best players in history of world soccer in general. It is very important for us to play in our style. We are playing at home with full stadium." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LEFT-BACK IN UKRAINIAN SOCCER TEAM, OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO, SAYING: "Needless to say how strong their team is, how professional their players are. But nevertheless we are group leaders. So I don't think there is something we should be afraid off. We have to simply come out and show our game." CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 27th October 2019 20:50
- Keywords: Ukraine soccer team Portugal soccer team Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira Pepe Fernando Santos Andriy Shevchenko Oleksandr Zinchenko
- Location: KIEV, UKRAINE
- City: KIEV, UKRAINE
- Country: Ukraine
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0XKTOF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ukraine and Portugal soccer teams praised each other's skills as they prepared on Sunday (October 13) for their crucial Euro 2020 qualifier in Kiev. However both were confident of their chances to win.
European champions Portugal, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, are second in Group B with Ukraine leading the way with three games remaining. The top two will qualify for next year's tournament.
(Production: Anton Derbenev)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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