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Last-gasp leveller frustrates Ukraine

Published: Saturday 8 September 2007, 23.50CET
Georgia 1-1 Ukraine David Siradze headed a last-minute equaliser which has seriously dented Ukraine's hopes of qualification from Group B.
Last-gasp leveller frustrates Ukraine
Georgia's Kakha Kaladze (left) challenges Andriy Voronin of Ukraine ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GeorgiaUkraine

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners5
 
5
Fouls committed6
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 8 September 2007, 23.50CET

Last-gasp leveller frustrates Ukraine

Georgia 1-1 Ukraine David Siradze headed a last-minute equaliser which has seriously dented Ukraine's hopes of qualification from Group B.

A last-gasp Georgia equaliser tonight could prove a huge blow to Ukraine's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying hopes.

Five points adrift
The visitors to Tbilisi led early through Oleh Shelayev and were only denied more goals by Georgia keeper Georgi Lomaia before substitute David Siradze headed the home side level a minute from the end. With Scotland beating Lithuania 3-1, fourth-placed Ukraine are now five points adrift of second in Group B though they have a game in hand.

Early goal
Ukraine started brightly and had the first shot of the match in the fourth minute through Volodymyr Yezerskiy, Lomaia proving equal to the effort. Oleh Blokhin's team did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, though, as Shelayev connected with Ruslan Rotan's outswinging corner to the far post and shot in. Rotan nearly added a second immediately afterwards but curled the ball wide.

Shevchenko denied
Andriy Shevchenko, captaining Ukraine despite recent injury problems, forced a save from Lomaia while visiting keeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy was tested by Mate Ghvinianidze before Georgi Demetradze drove over from a free-kick. Andriy Rusol was the next to be denied by Lomaia although Georgia came close to an equaliser just before the break when Lasha Jakobia sliced over.

Equaliser
Shevchenko was determined to put the result beyond doubt in the second half, yet Lomaia was equal to a strong ten-metre shot and then a curling effort from outside the area which he dived to tip wide. Serhiy Nazarenko also threatened but Ukraine's lead disappeared when Demetradze's inswinging corner was headed high into the net by Siradze. Ukraine qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup despite conceding a late equaliser in Georgia but they welcome Italy on Wednesday knowing victory could be crucial for their hopes this time. Georgia's next group game is away to the world champions on 13 October.

Last updated: 09/09/07 0.29CET

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Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
LomaiaGeorgi Lomaia (GK)
1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
17
GhvinianidzeMate Ghvinianidze
Yellow Card89
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze (C)
6
RusolAndriy Rusol
16
AsatianiMalkhaz Asatiani
3
KucherOlexandr Kucher
23
SalukvadzeLasha Salukvadze
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
7
TskitishviliLevan Tskitishvili
Yellow Card63
14
RotanRuslan Rotan
Yellow Card67
Substitution80
18
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
Substitution79
18
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
15
JakobiaLasha Jakobia
Substitution62
9
GusevOleh Gusev
30
DemetradzeGeorgi Demetradze
8
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
Goal7
Substitution88
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
Yellow Card51
Substitution62
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko (C)
Yellow Card90
21
MartsvaladzeOtar Martsvaladze
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution72

Substitutes

29
RevishviliNukri Revishvili (GK)
23
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
37
ShashiashviliGiorgi Shashiashvili
22
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay
35
KandelakiIlia Kandelaki
19
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Substitution72
3
KhizaneishviliOtar Khizaneishvili
13
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
77
KeniaLevan Kenia
Substitution62
21
KravchenkoKonstyantyn Kravchenko
43
SiradzeDavid Siradze
Substitution62
Goal89
17
GaiOlexiy Gai
Substitution80
46
TatanashviliDimitri Tatanashvili
Substitution79
20
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
Substitution88

Coach

Klaus Toppmöller (GER) Oleh Blokhin (UKR)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Francis Crelo (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Albert Toussaint (LUX)

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