Northern Ireland get the victory over Ukraine! Fantastic stuff here. For Ukraine, their tournament could be over if Germany and Poland draw in the last match of the night.
90 +6 GOAL NORTHERN IRELAND LATE IN THE MATCH!!!!!!! That will surely clinch their first ever victory in the European Championships!
90 +5 Jonny Evans gets a yellow fo kicking the ball away after Northern Ireland win a free kick.
90 +3 Northern Ireland are finally making their last change: McNair comes on for Corry Evans.
There have been six minutes of additional time added.
89' Great save from McGovern!
87' As a result, Stuart Dallas was booked.
87' Bunch of confusion in the final sub for Northern Ireland.
83' Northern Ireland have done a superb job of defending all night long.
80' Final ten minutes of the match, can Ukraine find an equalizer?
77' Kovalenko lashes his attempt wide of the left post.
76' Another change for Ukraine sees Garmash come on for Sydorchuk.
72' Zozulya replaces Seleznyov for Ukraine's first change of the night.
71' Kovalenko has Ukraine's best chance in some time but his attempt curls wide of the right post.
65' Strong challenge from Sydorchuk sees his name go into the book.
61' Jamie Ward is shown Northern Ireland's first yellow of the match.
58' Play is back underway again.
58' Pavel Kralovec has taken the plaers off the pitch because of the weather conditions. Strange scenes this.
57' Great action here to begin the second half. The rain is causing a bit of problems and it's making for enjoyable football.
54' McGovern spills a high cross but gathers himself to catch the rebound in what could have been a dangerous opportunity for Ukraine.
52' Excellent defending from Northern Ireland to block a Stepanenko shot.
51' Seleznyov nearly responds at the other end with a header of his own. However, McGovern reacts quickly to thwart any danger.
49' GOAL!!!! Northern Ireland have scored first though Gareth McAuley off of a free kick!
48' Konoplyanka finds the head of Seleznyov but the latter's attempt goes wide of the left post.
48' Ukraine have an early corner
46' Second half is underway!
No stoppage time added and it's 0-0 at halftime! We'll be back in 15 minutes for the start of the second half.
42' Konoplyanka has an attempt blocked by two Northern Ireland defenders.
40' Seleznyov is awarded the first yellow card of the match after a frustration challenge. Ukraine have been giving away possession far too cheaply in the last several minutes.
37' Not a bad attempt from Ward from distance sees it deflect off of a Ukrainian defender and wins a corner.
35' Cathcart does well to rise and meet Ward's corner but it misses wide of the goal.
28' Appeal for a penalty from Washington for a push in the box is not given by the referee. Protest was short lived.
24' A bouncing shot from Yaroslav Rakitskiy falls straight into the arms of McGovern.
22' Yarmolenko's cross nearly finds the head of Yevhen Seleznyov but is just overhit in what could have been a dangerous move.
17' Sydorchuk's shot from long range soares over the top of the crossbar, never troubling Michael McGovern. It was not a bad attempt, he just could not get his bearings straight as his shot was always rising.
14' Good run up the middle of the pitch from Jamie Ward but his pass gets cut out by a Ukrainian.
13' Conor Washington's attempt blazes by the near post, going well wide.
9' Sergey Sydorchuk has a go from outside the box but it is blocked by Gareth McAuley
7' Ukraine finally look settled, good bit of possession from them just now.
4' Stuart Dallas has the first attempt of the match but it saved easily by Pyatov.
2' It was taken short and Ukraine eventually clear.
2' Northern Ireland win an early corner. Can they make anything of it?
1' We have kickoff! Northern Ireland and Ukraine is underway!
The sides are coming out of the tunnel. We'll have anthems and then kickoff!
Northern Ireland starting XI: McGovern, Hughes, Cathcart, McAuley, J. Evans, S. Davis, Norwood, C. Evans, Dallas, Ward, Washington
Ukraine starting XI: Ukraine: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Khacheridi, Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka, Seleznyov
Stay tuned as we will be giving you the full lineups an hour before kickoff! We hope you enjoy Wales vs England ahead of this clash!
The referee for tonight’s match is the Czech Republic’s Pavel Kravolec. While this his Kravolec’s first involvement in the tournament, he is an experienced referee. He has ref’d matches in the Champions League, the Europa League, and on the international stage.
Ukraine are expected to name the same starting eleven. However, it looks like Northern Ireland could be switching from a 3-5-1-1 to a 4-4-2. This will allow them to attack more than the last formation. Will it work? We shall see!
Northern Ireland probable starting eleven: McGovern; McLaughlin, Cathcart, Evans, McAuley; Ferguson, Dallas, Davis, Norwood; Lafferty, Washington
Ukraine probable starting eleven: Pyatov; Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Kovalenko; Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka; Zozulya
Luckily for both sides, no one has been injured or suspended which means that similar lineups will be used by both managers.
If one of these nations loses tonight, then they are more than likely out of the tournament. A point or more will be key here.
Northern Ireland’s main point in attack is Kyle Lafferty. The Norwich City man leads the side in goals, with 17 in only 52 appearances. He leads Northern Ireland in goals by a wide margin. The next closest is the captain, Steven Davis, with eight. This statistic does not bode very well for NI as they will need to find goals in their squad as soon as possible.
Northern Ireland also lost their opening match of the competition, a 1-0 defeat to Poland. They fought hard against the opposition, but ultimately, Arkadiusz Milik scored the winner in the six minutes after the halftime interval.
For Ukraine, there are two key men: Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko. Both Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko play on opposite sides of the pitch; the former on the left, the latter on the right. They are Ukraine’s creative outlets and have similar skill sets. Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko like to attack opposition defenders, run straight at them, try and open up space in behind the defense.
Hope for Ukraine though is not lost; the European Championships is a forgiving tournament. There will be four third placed teams advancing to the knockout stage of the tournament. This means that if they pick up points in their next two matches, Ukraine could still move on.
This is a vital match for both Ukraine and Northern Ireland. For the yellow and blue’s, they were humbled in their opening round match to Germany. Ukraine played decent in stretches against Germany, but ultimately, they were outclassed. The defending world champion’s stormed away with a 2-0 win, Ukraine though, made life difficult. They were compact and well organized. At times, Ukraine were able to go on the counter but were not very effective in the final third.
Hello, my name is Kyle Sennikoff, and welcome to Vavel UK’s Live coverage of Euro 2016! The second match of the day see’s Ukraine take on Northern Ireland. These two nations will battle at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais and the scheduled kickoff is set for 17:00. We will be bringing you all the pre-match, live and post-match coverage. Sit back and enjoy!