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Zinchenko questions Ukraine’s mentality after 1-0 defeat to Austria

Tue 22 June 2021 | 4:30

Ukraine defender Oleksandr Zinchenko questioned his side’s mentality after their 1-0 defeat to Austria and missed the chance of automatic qualification for the Euro 2020 knockout stages.

Ukraine

just needed to avoid defeat to secure second place, but

Andriy Shevchenko

's side were lazy to produce attacking quality and now have to wait to see whether their three points will be enough to progress from Group C as one of four best third-place teams.

Christoph Baumgartner

's

close-range goal gave

Austria

the ticket for Wembley's last-16 meeting with

Italy

on Saturday.

After the game,

Manchester City

defender

Oleksandr Zinchenko

expressed his frustration and labeled Ukraine’s performance unacceptable.

"I'm so disappointed,"

Manchester City's Zinchenko told UEFA.

"I don't even know what to say.

"Our performance in the first half was unacceptable. The way we behaved on the pitch was unacceptable.

"We felt very well ahead of the game in the training sessions, but nothing worked for us tonight.

"I don't think Austria's physical qualities were the key reason for our defeat. I think it's more about the mentality.

"We have to be the winners on the pitch. We have to fight and try to win all individual duels. But now we, probably, just have to accept our level."

On the other hand, Austria coach

Franco Foda

was happy with his side’s show, but he did not like the question relating to

Marko Arnautovic

's performance.

"We managed to achieve something historic. We wrote history,"

Foda replied.

"And you ask me such a question? Just be happy with us, with the team.

"You ask me such a question, how I would evaluate the performance of Marko Arnautovic? Just tell us we played well.

"Don't be mad at me, but I don't like questions like that. I don't want to answer them.

"I'm happy with him, I'm satisfied with him and he showed on the pitch what I was expecting."


source: SportMob