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How Ukraine could line up against Netherlands

How Ukraine could line up against Netherlands
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Ukraine could line up for Sunday's Euro 2020 clash with the Netherlands.

Andriy Shevchenko will be tossing and turning as to whether to match up with forthcoming opponents Netherlands' 3-5-2 system on Sunday, or opt for the 4-3-3 formation which he has used more recently.

The 44-year-old utilised a three-man defence in his side's three World Cup qualifiers in March, impressively gaining a 1-1 draw against Euro 2020 favourites France in the process.

As such, we are inclined to believe that he may approach Sunday's contest in a more cautious manner, before potentially reverting to a back four against North Macedonia and Austria.

That would mean wingers such as Oleksandr Zubkov and West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko potentially missing out from the start, with Atalanta BC's Ruslan Malinovskyi supporting Gent striker Roman Yaremchuk in attack.

No player made more assists than Malinovskyi in Serie A last season, so much of the creative burden is likely to fall on the 28-year-old's shoulders.

Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko will take up his preferred midfield role as he generally does for his country, with Vitaliy Mykolenko lining up at left wing-back.

Ukraine possible starting lineup: Bushchan; Karavayev, Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Shaparenko, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Malinovskyi, Yaremchuk

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
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· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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