Ukraine’s goalkeeper, Andriy Lunin has revealed that he and his teammates are focused on making history at the ongoing 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland by reaching the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in their history reports Completesports.com.
Ukraine have maintained a perfect start to the competition winning their opening two games against USA and Qatar but they face two-time runners up, Nigeria in their final group D game, a clash Lunin
admits could determine who finishes as group winners.
Nigeria on their part kicked off their campaign on a bright not smashing Qatar 4-0 but lost 2-0 to USA in their second game. A win for the Flying Eagles against Ukraine will secure a berth in the round of 16.
“We’re playing every three days here and we need to recover physically for the next match against Nigeria,” Lunin told FIFA.com ahead of the clash.
“The Nigeria players are fast and determined and they’ve got a lot of skill too. We want first place, though.”
Ukraine are making their fourth U-20 World Cup appearance, after Argentina 2001, Netherlands 2005 and New Zealand 2015, and have exited the competition in the Round of 16 on each of those occasions.
“We want to make the quarter-finals for the first time in our history but for now we’re just focusing on our third match against Nigeria,” Lunin added.
“It’s too soon to start talking about winning the title. The important thing for us is to take it to step by step. We’ve got one group game to go before the second phase starts, so we’re obviously not thinking about the final right now. If we can win all our matches, then we’ll be the champions.”
By Johnny Edward.