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Ukraine step up preparations with Israel win

Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 20.40CET
Israel 2-3 Ukraine
The UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts continued their preparations for this summer's final tournament with a narrow victory in Israel.
by Boaz Goren
from Moshava Stadium
Ukraine step up preparations with Israel win
Yevhen Konoplyanka (right) is congratulated by his Ukraine team-mates after scoring against Israel ©Getty Images

Match statistics

IsraelUkraine

Goals scored2
 
3
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 20.40CET

Ukraine step up preparations with Israel win

Israel 2-3 Ukraine
The UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts continued their preparations for this summer's final tournament with a narrow victory in Israel.

UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts Ukraine continued their preparations for this summer's tournament with a narrow victory against Israel in Petach Tikva.

Goals from Oleh Gusev and Yevhen Konoplyanka gave the visitors a two-goal cushion at the break before substitute Tomer Hemed reduced the deficit from the penalty spot ten minutes into the second half. Andriy Yarmolenko's close-range finish made it 3-1 just past the hour and although Ben Sahar pulled one back for the hosts, Ukraine held on to ensure Eli Gutman's first game as Israel coach ended in defeat.

After a scrappy opening to the match, Rami Gershon conceded a penalty for a foul on Yarmolenko and Gusev made no mistake to give Ukraine a 17th-minute lead. Oleh Blokhin's charges dominated possession in the first half and extended their lead just before the break when Konoplyanka capitalised on a mistake by Yuval Shpungin. On the stroke of half-time, visiting forward Andriy Voronin failed to make the most of Dedi Ben-Dayan's error and round off Ukraine's impressive first-half performance with a third goal.

Israel were much improved after the break and ten minutes into the second period Vitaly Mandziuk was penalised for handball in the penalty area allowing substitute Hemed to reduce the arrears. Ukraine regained their two-goal advantage just past the hour when Yarmolenko latched on to Olexandr Aliyev's through ball and finished from close range. Sahar combined with Maor Melikson shortly afterwards to make it 3-2 but Ukraine held on.

Blokhin's men kick off their UEFA EURO 2012 campaign in Kyiv on 11 June against Sweden before taking on France and England in Donetsk on 15 June and 19 June respectively.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.37CET

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Lineups

Israel

Israel

Ukraine

Ukraine

AwatDudu Aouate (GK)
46
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
Substitution46
Ben Haim ITal Ben Haim I
Yellow Card71
MikhalikTaras Mikhalik
Ben-DayanDedi Ben-Dayan
Substitution86
SelinYevhen Selin
GershonRami Gershon
Yellow Card82
KhacheridiYevhen Khacheridi
Yellow Card42
Substitution46
ShpunginYuval Shpungin
Substitution62
GusevOleh Gusev
Goal17
Yellow Card44
Substitution90+1
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution46
RotanRuslan Rotan
Substitution76
NatchoBebras Natcho
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution46
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution46
A. CohenAlmog Cohen
Substitution74
DevićMarko Dević
Substitution46
MeliksonMaor Melikson
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
Goal61
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution46
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
Goal45

Substitutes

SaharBen Sahar
Substitution46
Goal63
DykanAndriy Dykan (GK)
Substitution46
HemedTomer Hemed
Substitution46
Goal55
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
Substitution46
ZahaviEran Zahavi
Substitution46
AliyevOlexandr Aliyev
Substitution46
Gabai                         El'ad Gabai
Substitution62
MandzyukVitaliy Mandzyuk
Substitution46
DamariOmer Damari
Substitution74
GarmashDenys Garmash
Substitution76
Tzedek                        Shir Tzedek
Substitution86
ButkoBohdan Butko
Substitution90+1

Coach

Luis Fernandez (FRA) Oleh Blokhin (UKR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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