Buletsa stars as Ukraine edge USA
Ukraine prevailed 2-1 in a battle of contrasting styles at Bielsko-Biala Stadium, with their direct attack and compact defence outlasting USA's possession-heavy game in their Group D opener at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019.
Despite the early possession advantage for the Americans, Serhii Buletsa opened the scoring in the 26th minute to the delight of the pro-Ukraine crowd. One-on-one with centre-back Sergino Dest, Buletsa used his body to reel in a ball over the top and score from close range.
USA answered quickly, with Brandon Servania capping an intricate team move in the 32nd minute to equalise.
Ukraine tightened the clamps on the USA attack in the second half, and Buletsa would prove the catalyst again in his team's match-winner. Denys Popov's glancing header from Buletsa's corner proved the difference in the 51st minute.
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Poland 2019: Ukraine 2-1 USA
Players of Ukraine inspect the pitch
BIELSKO-BIALA, POLAND - MAY 24: Players of Ukraine inspect the pitch ahead of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup group D match between Ukraine and USA at Bi...
Players of Ukraine arrive
BIELSKO-BIALA, POLAND - MAY 24: Players of Ukraine arrive ahead of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup group D match between Ukraine and USA at Bielsko-Biala...