Shakhtar Donetsk Goalkeeper and Ukraine’s national football team Andriy Pyatov plans to retire his professional football career after the Euro-2020, according to reports. Pyatov started his professional career in 2001 at Vorskla, in 2007 he moved to Shakhtar. Earlier, Ukraine’s national team climbed one step higher in FIFA’s ranking of national football teams from 24th to 23rd place.
The 36-year-old athlete rarely plays this season, missing five goals in four matches. In 2015, Piatov broke the record of penalties stopped in European competitions by stopping his fourth penalty, a record previously held by Shovkovsky. Pyatovintends to participate in Euro-2020 and to end his career shortly after making over 90 appearances for the Ukrainian team and more than 100 games for Shakhtar.
Earlier this month, Pyatov, along with midfielder TarasStepanenko and goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Yuriy Pankiv, missed the trip to Paris after testing positive for COVID-19 before the friendly match against France, which forced them to a retired 45-year-old assistant coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy as their goalkeeper to rescue the team.
Pyatov along with the other members of the team missed the friendlies against France and the Nations League match against Germany and Spain. The Yellow-Blues will play their next games on November 11 against Poland and November 14 against Germany before the match against Switzerland. Pyatovis likely to play in these matches as he has already recovered after contracting the virus.
In the qualifier last year, Ukraine won six of their eight games, only drawing their away matches in Portugal and Serbia, to secure their place. They booked their place in the tournament with victory over Portugal despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th goal. Andriy Shevchenko’s side was a part of six top seeds for the Euro 2020 finals draw, leaving world champions France and holders Portugal unseeded.
In the ongoing Nations League, Ukraine sits on the third spot of League A Group 4 table, with 2 wins and 2 losses, behind leaders Spain and Germany. They upset Spain 1-0 during the last clash with midfielder Viktor Tsygankov who scored the winning goal for his country in the 76th minute match at the OlimpiyskiyNational Sports Complex in Kiev.