Fans can watch the Spain vs. Ukraine football match live online and see which team seizes the advantage in the fifth round of Euro 2016 qualifying.
The teams are currently locked near the top of Group C, with Spain in second and Ukraine in third. With only the top two guaranteed qualifying spots, Friday’s matchup could be critical.
The team’s will kick off Friday at 8:45 p.m. local time (7:45 p.m. GMT) from Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Sevilla.
Fans who watch the Spain vs. Ukraine match live online will see a shorthanded Spanish squad. The team will be without striker Diego Costa, who is out with a hamstring injury.
Costa said the injuries keeping him from the national team are growing very frustrating.
“My history with the national team is that it still hasn’t really started,” Costa said to the Spanish newspaper Marca, according to ESPN. “I haven’t done anything yet. The national team is something I think of.”
“I am sorry that I cannot bring what I would like to. Something always happens when I get close to playing for Spain. It bothers me from a personal standpoint but I hope this will end.”
Forward Paco Alcacer will also miss Friday’s match. As Bleacher Report noted, the injuries have led to some shifting in Spain’s lineup.
“Coming in to cover for the Chelsea and Valencia stars is Malaga forward Juanmi, who joins Sergio Asenjo and Vitolo as debutants in Vicente del Bosque’s squad.
However, despite a number of new faces, expect the veteran Spain manager to utilise a familiar lineup on Friday. Marca reported earlier this week that Del Bosque had given a number of hints toward his starting XI in training, using Sergio Busquets and Koke together in a pairing that could form the base of the midfield, while Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Isco worked as group, suggesting they could play as the ‘three’ in a 4-2-3-1.”
While Spain comes into the match as the favorite, Ukraine has been preparing for Spain. Winger Andriy Yarmolenko, who scored all three of the team’s goals against Luxembourg, told UEFA that his team is up for the challenge.
“We prepare in exactly the same way for every opponent,” he said. “We’ll dedicate an hour to watching them. It was the same for San Marino, we watched four or five of their games, so for Spain we’ll watch even more – definitely not less! We know Spain very well and how difficult it will be against them.”
Fans who want to watch the Spain vs. Ukraine football match live online can click here for streaming video through Sky Sports Go. The match is also available to viewers in the United States through ESPN’s online streaming site, WatchESPN.
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