Ukraine are in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time in their history after defeating Panama 4-1 on Monday at Tychy Stadium.
While both teams were struggling for a safe stance in the first 20 minutes of the match, the Ukrainians emphatically took control until the break.
Danylo Sikan and Yukhym Konoplia went twice to the right, which was fatal as Konoplia scored a one-touch finish for Sikan in the 23rd minute and in the first minute of the break. In the meantime, Denys Popov scored in the 41st minute and Ukraine went into the booth 3-0.
Los Canaleros went five minutes back in the second half. Ernesto Walker showed strength and control by putting a deep cross in his chest and finishing in close range.
Serhii Buletsa closed the door seven minutes from time with Panama slipping into the box unnoticed, defeating Panama goalkeeper Emerson Dimas to consolidate Ukraine’s position in the second round. Panama is leaving Poland in 2019 as one of the last 16 teams, with the best result ever.