: Ukraine knocked out of Euro 2016

10:04 Jun. 17, 2016

Ukraine knocked out of Euro 2016

Northern Ireland celebrates at the end of the Euro 2016 Group C football match between Ukraine and Northern Ireland (AP Photo)

Fomenko's men are the first team that leaves the championship 

Ukraine is eliminated from the Euro 2016 football championship. The team has found itself at the bottom of Group C after unexpectedly losing to Northern Ireland.

In the game where the Yellow-Blues were considered a favourite, a header from Gareth McAuley and late goal from Niall McGinn secured a 2-0 victory for their team.

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Ukraine still had theoretical chances to proceed to the round of 16, but their hopes were crushed after a 0-0 draw between Germany and Poland. Both teams now have 4 points, and are too far ahead of Fomenko's guys, who couldn't earn a single point after two games.

Ukraine have become the very first team to be eliminated from the championship. The players couldn't hide their disappointment after the cheerless news.

"I'm so embarrassed, I don't know how we can go home after this. It's such a shame", Ukraine's key midfielder and leader Andriy Yarmolenko said after the game

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According to Ukraine's head coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, his guys weren't ready psychologically for the game.

"Main reason is we didn't have unity among the players. The victory was achieved by those, who wanted it more. It was clear from the very first minute", Fomenko stated.

Now all is left for Ukraine is to play one last game – the team will square off against Poland, which is currently residing at the second place in the Group. The game, that takes place on June 21, will decide who goes into the next stage, as all three teams, Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland still have chances to proceed.

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