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Ukrainian hopes hit by draw

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 21.15CET
Ukraine 0-0 Northern Ireland The home side's hopes are all but over after this stalemate.

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 21.15CET

Ukrainian hopes hit by draw

Ukraine 0-0 Northern Ireland The home side's hopes are all but over after this stalemate.

Ukraine's slim hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™ were all but ended by a goalless draw at home to Northern Ireland,

Hopes fading
The result left Ukraine in third place in Group 6 with ten points from seven games, five adrift of group leaders Greece and one behind second-placed Spain, who they must beat in Elche in their final qualifier on Wednesday to have any hope of securing second position and a place in the play-offs.

Encouraging display
Northern Ireland, meanwhile – who have now gone 1,062 minutes since their last international goal – remained bottom of the group with three points from six matches yet this was another encouraging display.

Taylor in form
Ukraine, who were without the injured AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko, were in control for much of the match but were unable to turn their dominance into goals, while Maik Taylor was in fine form in the Northern Ireland goal.

Voronin denied
In front of a vociferous home crowd, Ukraine created several chances, with Andriy Voronin coming the closest to breaking the deadlock moments before half-time as his low right-foot shot beat Taylor only to strike the right-hand post and rebound to safety. Serhiy Rebrov, Gennadiy Zubov and Oleg Gusev also tested the visitors' defence in the first 45 minutes as the home side strove for a vital breakthrough.

Reflex stop
In the second period, Taylor produced a fine reflex save to save a long-range effort from Anatoliy Tymoschuk and a spectacular save to keep out Andriy Vorobei's fine strike as Ukraine threw men forward. Substitute Olexandr Melashchenko almost scored what would have been the winning goal in stoppage time, but instead headed wide from close range.

'Very disappointed'
"I'm very disappointed," said Ukraine coach Leonid Buryak. "We wanted to win so badly that we tried too hard. Our chances of qualifying look miserable now, but as long as they are still there we should fight. Shevchenko will probably be available for our last game in Spain. In this campaign, we have had to overcome too many setbacks - we haven't played a single match with our first-choice squad."

'Bright future'
His Northern Ireland counterpart, Sammy McIlroy, said: "There are very many young faces in our squad and they passed a very serious test. I'm even more delighted than when we drew with Spain. With a young team, I believe that we can be more competitive in the near future."

Last updated: 06/09/03 22.20CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
1
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
2
LuzhnyOleg Luzhny (C)
2
BairdChris Baird
3
FedorovSerhiy Fedorov
3
KennedyPeter Kennedy
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
5
McCartneyGeorge McCartney
5
NesmachniyAndriy Nesmachniy
6
GriffinDanny Griffin
Yellow Card90+1
6
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
7
GillespieKeith Gillespie
7
RebrovSerhiy Rebrov
Substitution72
8
JohnsonDamien Johnson
8
GusinAndriy Gusin
Substitution16
9
HealyDavid Healy
Substitution62
9
ZubovGennadiy Zubov
10
DohertyTommy Doherty
Yellow Card47
Substitution67
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
11
Michael HughesMichael Hughes
Substitution81
11
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
18
HughesAaron Hughes (C)

Substitutes

23
RevaVitaliy Reva (GK)
12
MorrisElliott Morris (GK)
13
GusevOleh Gusev
Substitution16
13
JonesStephen Jones
Substitution81
17
MelashchenkoOlexandr Melashchenko
Substitution72
14
SmithAndy Smith
14
DmytrulinYuriy Dmytrulin
15
MulrynePhilip Mulryne
Substitution67
15
GaiOlexiy Gai
4
McCannGrant McCann
16
SerebrennikovSerhiy Serebrennikov
16
McVeighPaul McVeigh
18
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
17
HamiltonGary Hamilton

Coach

Leonid Buryak (UKR) Samuel Mcilroy (NIR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), ()

Fourth official

Florian Meyer (GER)

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