Ukraine defender Artem Fedetskiy predicts a ‘physical’ clash against Northern Ireland

Ukraine's Artem Fedetskiy challenges Germany's Julian Draxler on Sunday
Ukraine's Artem Fedetskiy challenges Germany's Julian Draxler on Sunday

Ukraine defender Artem Fedetskiy has predicted a ‘fight to the end’ against Northern Ireland on Thursday afternoon.

Both sides lost their opening fixtures at the weekend, meaning the Group C game has huge implications for the two nations’ qualification hopes.

Fedetskiy, like his team-mate Ruslan Rotan, has highlighted the physical nature of Michael O’Neill’s side and has warned his colleagues to be mindful at set-piece situations.

“We watched Poland against Northern Ireland, we analysed the game and they are a very good team that plays strong, physical football,” Fedetskiy said.

“We have witnessed that they fight to the end. It’s not going to be easy tomorrow but we have our own type of football, our own tactics.

“I think we will play on the top, put our own opponent under pressure. This game will be difficult but we have our aim and I hope that tomorrow’s match will be positive for us.

“We are keen to play tomorrow, we want to put things right, we lost against Germany and tomorrow we want to earn our first victory. I think we can do it.”