6 minutes: More chances! The corner goes to Chesnakov, beyond the far post, who controls and sends a shot so imprecise that he finds himself at the feet of the corner shooter, who returns him to the area where Chesnakov has a low shot that Cech holds on the second attempt.
5 minutes: Now Vorskla wins a corner but it could have been more, at least until Jenkinson took the lead on Kulach
3 minutes: Luck! He played to the first post, where Kolomoets takes advance on Elneny and has a free swing at the ball, which he launches into orbit.
2 minutes: An early stop while Sklyar is being treated for an injury sustained while kicking an Arsenal player. The referee gave a free kick for that, though.
1 minute: Peeeeeep! The house side (well, closer to the house) starts the game.
And they went out! Hands clenched, gloves donned and ready for action.
The players are in the tunnel! It is a very large, expansive rug made of fake grass. Plus a living room really, but without the seating options you normally get in one of these.
Apparently, the temperature will reach -12 ° C tonight, it's as good as the players packed their bags.
Unai Emery has a brief overview before the match:
For us, every game is very important and we think it is only one title and one way for the Champions League. Today, the most important thing is to give players chances. These players can help us in other matches. We are only thinking of winning today.
Latest news: Vorskla Poltava has never played against an English team (except against Arsenal in September, where she lost 4-2). Arsenal's record against the Ukrainians is almost positive: P11 W5 D2 L4: they are undefeated at home, but without a win.
Here they are!
Vorskla: Shust, Perduta, Dallku, Chesnakov, Artur, Sapai, Sklyar, Sharpar, Rebenok, Kulach, Kolomoets. Subs: Tkachenko, Sergiychuk, Mysyk, Nicholas Careca, Chyzhov, Sakiv, Kane.
Arsenal: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Smith-Rowe. Subs: Martinez, Mkhitaryan, Gilmour, Medley, Osei-Tutu, John-Jules, Saka.
Arbitrator: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland).
The Press Association has not yet classified the full teams but their reaction to them:
Arsenal offered a first start to teenager striker Eddie Nketiah while Unai Emery had made 10 changes for his Europa League clash against Vorskla Poltava in Kiev.
The Group E team was moved 185 miles east of Poltava to the Olympic Stadium in the capital. Some parts of Ukraine are subject to martial law as political tensions continue to mount.
Only Rob Holding kept his place after Sunday's Premier League win at Bournemouth while 19-year-old Nketiah led the line with his fellow Academy graduate, Joe Willock, also had a rare chance of winning. 39; impress. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was also registered for his first start since the opening day of the season, while Petr Cech returned in goal to the Gunners captain.
This tie-they-do-not-go, where-will-they-related could prove more interesting as football is going on than while the world was waiting with a very vaguely baited breeze to see its own. it was going to happen in the first place. Among all the reasons that the football world has ever seen to change the venue of a football game "the sudden introduction of martial law", which was forced by the hand of UEFA , must be among the most outstanding – other appointments in real life have been warmly welcomed – and Among the big issues of the night, there is precisely the percentage of posts occupied by Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev, which can accommodate up to 70,050 people, given the very short time limit, the fact that Vorskla is 350 km from Poltava and normally plays in a stadium that can accommodate 24,795 people. but for the average championship game draws a paltry 3,395, which is about 100 more than the English club's fifth-ranked Hartlepool United.
Vorskla was visibly unhappy with the site change, pointing out on Twitter that although they normally play in green and white, their current mood was such that they would be best represented by an extremely strange fox:
Now, we have to wait to see if they are able, ahem, to overthrow a young and unknown side of Arsenal, who will not understand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira, all of whom have stayed home, but perhaps Charlie Gilmour, Dejan Iliev, Jean-Jules Tyreece, Medley Zech, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Bukayo Saka and Dominic Thompson.
Some of these names will be new to some readers, but do not worry. You may not know anything about Zech Medley, but here's a medley Beck, which is almost the same thing: