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Ukraine finish off Greeks

Published: Saturday 12 October 2002, 22.09CET
Ukraine 2-0 Greece
The home side take their chances to claim a first Group 6 win in Kyiv.

Match statistics

UkraineGreece

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 12 October 2002, 22.09CET

Ukraine finish off Greeks

Ukraine 2-0 Greece
The home side take their chances to claim a first Group 6 win in Kyiv.

Ukraine made light of Andriy Shevchenko's absence to win 2-0 against Greece in the EURO EURO 2004™ Group 6 qualifier in Kyiv.

Second-half goals
Second-half goals from Andriy Vorobey and Andriy Voronin secured a first victory for Leonid Buryak's men, who were missing the injured AC Milan star, while condemning the visitors to a second defeat in the section.

A great finish
Vorobey struck on 51 minutes, the FC Shakhtar Donetsk player chesting down Hennadiy Zubo's right-wing cross before beating Antonis Nikopolidis with a coruscating finish. Then, after Nikopolidis had done well to keep out Vorobey, it was Voronin who scored the second in injury time, shooting into the top corner after a one-two with Maxym Kalinichenko.

Lucky Ukraine
However, Ukraine could consider themselves lucky to have survived a first-half onslaught from the visitors with their defence unbreached. They were also fortunate that Greek substitute Zizis Vryzas passed up a great chance to equalise eleven minutes from time.

Greece go close
Greece had silenced the 50,000 crowd at the Olimpiyskyi stadium in the opening stages, and went close to breaking the deadlock through Themistoklis Nikolaidis. First, the AEK Athens FC striker was denied by an excellent save by Vitaly Reva. Then, moments later, he failed to connect properly with Angelos Charisteas's centre with the goal gaping.

Rueful Rehhagel
Giorgos Karagounis also fired narrowly wide as the visitors looked to make amends for their opening home defeat by Spain. Coach Otto Rehhagel said ruefully: "We did not take our chances early in the first half when we dominated."

Double substitution
Then, however, Buryak changed the course of the game with a double substitution on 25 minutes, replacing Serhiy Serebrennikov and Gennadiy Moroz with goal hero Voronin and Olexandr Radchenko. The effect was immediate. Voronin announced his arrival with an effort that fizzed centimetres wide before hitting the crossbar soon after.

'Important victory'
Naturally, the coach was delighted with the result, particularly after last month's 2-2 draw in Armenia. "It is an important victory, especially after the first game," Buryak said. "We are building a new team and it is not so easy - but I could not be happier for my players." The only downside for the hosts were the injuries to Andriy Nesmachniy and Serebrennikov which could rule them out of Wednesday's game against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Greek woes add up
For Rehhagel, the outlook was bleaker, the defeat leaving his side bottom of the table ahead of Armenia's visit to Athens, also on Wednesday. "After this second loss our position in the group is much worse, but we still have time to fix things," the German trainer said.

Last updated: 13/10/02 1.12CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Greece

Greece

1
RevaVitaliy Reva (GK)
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
2
LuzhnyOleg Luzhny (C)
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
3
StarostiakMykhailo Starostiak
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas
5
KormiltsevSerhiy Kormiltsev
Substitution71
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
Yellow Card81
6
GusinAndriy Gusin
6
LakisVasilis Lakis
Substitution66
8
SerebrennikovSerhiy Serebrennikov
Substitution23
7
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis (C)
Substitution69
9
ZubovGennadiy Zubov
8
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card87
10
MorozGennadiy Moroz
Yellow Card22
Substitution24
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
13
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
16
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
Goal51
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
Substitution66

Substitutes

23
ShutkovDmytro Shutkov (GK)
15
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
7
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution23
Goal90+1
12
VryzasZisis Vryzas
Substitution66
14
RebrovSerhiy Rebrov
Substitution71
14
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution66
18
RadchenkoOlexandr Radchenko
Substitution24
18
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Substitution69
11
MelashchenkoOlexandr Melashchenko
13
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
15
MatiukhinSerhiy Matiukhin
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
17
VenhlinskiyOleh Venhlinskiy
17
FyssasTakis Fyssas

Coach

Leonid Buryak (UKR) Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER)

Referee

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

Assistant referees

Eugene H. Theelen (NED), Jan Willem van Veluwen (NED)

Fourth official

Ruud Bossen (NED)

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