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Ukraine leave it late in thriller

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 21.42CET
Ukraine 4-3 Armenia Serhiy Fyodorov scores a crucial winner for the home side deep into added time.
Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 21.42CET

Ukraine leave it late in thriller

Ukraine 4-3 Armenia Serhiy Fyodorov scores a crucial winner for the home side deep into added time.

A last-gasp goal from defender Serhiy Fyodorov gave Ukraine a crucial 4-3 victory at home to Armenia at the Ukraina stadium in Lyiv.

In touch at the top
Fyodorov's strike three minutes into injury time ensured that his country stayed in touch with leaders Spain at the top of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 6. Ukraine have taken nine points from their five matches so far, remaining unbeaten, and face the side immediately below them, Greece, away on Wednesday.

Early shock
Armenia remain in fourth position with four points from four matches, and next face Greece at home in September. The visitors caught Ukraine by surprise, taking the lead in the 13th minute as Oleg Luzhny brought down Armenian striker Arman Karamyan inside the penalty area and Albert Sarkisyan converted the resulting spot-kick.

Headed equaliser
The home side recovered from the early setback and drew level two minutes before the half-hour, as Olexandr Horshkov headed in Andriy Shevchenko's corner. The AC Milan striker then nearly gave his side the lead himself, shooting against the crossbar from a narrow angle.

Armenia back in front
Against expectations, however, it was the away team who scored the next goal, as Sarkisyan restored their lead, scoring with a powerful 40-metre shot that caught Ukraine goalkeeper Dmytro Shutkov unawares.

Shevchenko strikes
Shevchenko then scored twice in five minutes midway through the second half to turn the match in the home side's favour, first equalising from the penalty spot after 65 minutes and then beating Armenia goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky again moments later.

All square again
However, Armenia refused to accept defeat and seemed to have earned a draw when Artur Petrosyan equalised with 16 minutes remaining, but Fyodorov's dramatic intervention finally proved decisive for Ukraine.

'Lessons must be learnt'
"It will take some time to take all of this in," said Ukraine coach Leonid Buriak. "Both teams made a number of terrible mistakes, and that's why seven goals were scored. We rescued ourselves but I must praise my players for winning, although we need to learn a lesson from the game."

'Bad luck'
"I can't say anything bad about my side; this is simply bad luck," said his Armenia counterpart, Mihai Stoichita. "We surprised the hosts in the first half, and tried to play on the counterattack in the second. But in the end I think the physical condition of Ukraine told, plus Shevchenko was a factor, of course. But we're not ashamed to return home after this."

Last updated: 08/06/03 0.43CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Armenia

Armenia

1
ShutkovDmytro Shutkov (GK)
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
Yellow Card83
2
LuzhnyOleg Luzhny (C)
Yellow Card14
2
PartsikianEdouard Partsikian
Yellow Card16
3
FedorovSerhiy Fedorov
Goal90+2
3
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
4
NesmachniyAndriy Nesmachniy
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan
Yellow Card64
5
PopovSerhiy Popov
Substitution65
5
VardanyanHarutyun Vardanyan (C)
6
ZakarliukaSerhiy Zakarliuka
Substitution59
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Goal65
Goal73
8
Artur VoskanyanArtur Voskanyan
8
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
Yellow Card67
9
SarkisyanAlbert Sarkisyan
Goal15
Goal52
9
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
Goal28
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
Substitution84
11
RebrovSerhiy Rebrov
Yellow Card17
Substitution81

Substitutes

23
RevaVitaliy Reva (GK)
12
HambartsumyanArmando Hambartsumyan (GK)
13
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Substitution65
14
BilibioKhose Bilibio
Substitution80
17
VenhlinskiyOleh Venhlinskiy
Substitution81
13
JenebyanRomeo Jenebyan
18
RadchenkoOlexandr Radchenko
Substitution59
15
Arkadi DokhoyanArkadi Dokhoyan
14
HolovkoOlexandr Holovko
16
Sergei ArakelyanSergei Arakelyan
15
PukanychAdrian Pukanych
17
Ara HakobyanAra Hakobyan
16
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk

Coach

Leonid Buryak (UKR) Mihai Stoichiță (ROU)

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