Second-half possibilities went unrewarded as Northern Eire fell to a 1-0 pleasant defeat towards Ukraine on Thursday evening.
After Oleksandr Zubkov highlighted a robust Ukrainian begin with a Tenth-minute aim, it seemed as if the hosts may cruise to a giant win, however they spent a lot of the second half on the again foot as Northern Eire gave Andriy Shevchenko a lot to consider going into Euro 2020.
The ex-Chelsea man will likely be relieved to come back away with the win, his facet’s first in eight after a dominant run by way of qualifying, however Northern Eire mustn’t go away Dnipro too downhearted.
Baraclough fielded one other robust facet given the choices in his squad, however two of the goal-scorers from Sunday’s 3-0 win over Malta have been lacking as Jordan Jones was not concerned whereas Gavin Whyte was among the many substitutes.
Ukraine, boosted by a change in rules that noticed 15,000 followers allowed into the Dnipro Enviornment, have been desirous to placed on a present 10 days out from their opening Euro 2020 fixture towards the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
That intent was on present as Andriy Yarmolenko flashed a shot huge with solely 40 seconds gone, the primary of 11 first-half makes an attempt at Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s aim.
The Burnley goalkeeper made an excellent save to disclaim Roman Yaremchuk after an extended ball bought over Daniel Ballard and Zubkov performed him in, however Northern Eire didn’t take care of the ensuing nook and fell behind.
Oleksandr Karavaev was allowed house to ship in a deep cross and no person was selecting up Zubkov as he glided in to go house.
The probabilities continued to come back, with Yaremchuk and Yarmolenko flashing photographs simply huge, whereas the West Ham man was then denied by a sliding Shane Ferguson, who bought throughout to dam as Yarmolenko seemed to show in Vitaliy Mykolenko’s cross.
Northern Eire carried a muted risk in response, capable of get past the midway line however not ship the kind of go to fret the Ukrainian defence.
Unsurprisingly their solely actual probability earlier than the break got here from a set-piece as Paddy McNair whipped in free-kick and Ciaron Brown examined Heorhiy Bushchan, who tipped his header past the far publish.
However there have been brighter indicators early within the second half, with Josh Magennis denied by a fantastic block from Mykola Matviyenko earlier than Ali McCann threatened a second aim in as many video games when he flashed a header huge within the sixty fifth minute.
Northern Eire have been getting on prime as Ukraine gave the impression to be extra disrupted by the inevitable rush of substitutions all through the second half, pegging the hosts again because the followers readily available started to get stressed.
McCann then sparked a wonderful transfer, sliding the ball by way of to Kyle Lafferty who in flip fed fellow substitute Paul Smyth, however the 23-year-old – out of contract at QPR this summer time – couldn’t get sufficient energy on his shot.
However Peacock-Farrell then gave himself and Northern Eire a scare when he didn’t correctly clear when outdoors his space. He scrambled again in time to maintain out Yarmolenko’s shot on the flip earlier than Heorhiy Sudakov despatched the rebound into the side-netting.
Peacock-Farrell, who had a tough time in his 4 Premier League appearances for Burnley this season, was spared once more with 10 minutes to go when he got here for however missed a nook, grateful to see the ball scrambled clear after Artem Besedin didn’t capitalise.
Nonetheless, the goalkeeper then redeemed himself, making a wonderful save when Besedin tried to poke the ball house after Yarmolenko’s shot was deflected.
Ukraine thought that they had a scrappy second on the demise however Besedin was dominated offside, permitting Northern Eire one final probability as McNair bent a stoppage-time free-kick huge.
Northern Eire’s subsequent set of fixtures is in September, going through Lithuania away on September 2, Estonia away on September 5, and Switzerland at house on September 8 in World Cup Qualifying.