Euro 2020: Ukraine understand importance of North Macedonia clash, says Andriy Shevchenko

Ukraine came back from 2-0 down against the Dutch on Sunday and looked set to earn a draw but a late goal by Denzel Dumfries left it empty-handed.

Ukraine will face North Macedonia in Euro 2020 group C match on Thursday.   -  AP

Ukraine will not need extra motivation heading into Thursday's Euro 2020 Group C game with North Macedonia and are feeling positive despite narrowly losing its opening match against the Netherlands, head coach Andriy Shevchenko said on Wednesday.

Ukraine came back from 2-0 down against the Dutch on Sunday and looked set to earn a draw but a late goal by Denzel Dumfries left it empty-handed.

"We have complete understanding within the team. We know the tasks we have ahead of us and additional words aren't necessary. The team is getting ready mentally," Shevchenko told reporters.

"This is a really important tournament. It's not every year that we get to the group stage of the European Championship, so every player understands the importance of each match and has responsibility for their own game and the game of the team.

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"So we don't need any additional words."

North Macedonia was beaten 3-1 by Austria in its first match and sit bottom of the group standings below Ukraine.

Shevchenko said the atmosphere in his team was good and it would not underestimate its opponents, who is playing its first major tournament as an independent nation.

"We know we lacked just a little bit to achieve a positive result. The reaction from the team was great. And we had many good moments and we are very positive about the game ahead," Shevchenko said.

"North Macedonia are a team that deserve respect. They have character, their own style of play and they counter-attack well.

"During the last couple of years they have had several good games where they have beaten top team. So we have to be really careful of their counter-attacks."

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