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Scots bandwagon sweeps over Ukraine

Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.50CET
Scotland 3-1 Ukraine
Kenny Miller, Lee McCulloch and James McFadden helped the home side stay clear at the top of Group B.
Scots bandwagon sweeps over Ukraine
Kenny Miller (left) celebrates with Barry Ferguson and Alan Hutton ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ScotlandUkraine

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
7
Corners2
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
20
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.50CET

Scots bandwagon sweeps over Ukraine

Scotland 3-1 Ukraine
Kenny Miller, Lee McCulloch and James McFadden helped the home side stay clear at the top of Group B.

Scotland remain on course to qualify for their first major tournament in a decade after a 3-1 home win against Ukraine kept them top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group B.

Welcome win
A second victory over France, in Paris last month, had left Scotland in a fine position to reach their first finals since the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and Alex McLeish's team were quickly into their stride at Hampden Park thanks to early goals from Kenny Miller and Lee McCulloch. Although Andriy Shevchenko halved the deficit midway through the opening period, James McFadden made sure of the points to leave his side clear of Italy and France with two games to play and to effectively end Ukraine's slender qualification hopes.

Spectacular start
McLeish's men made the perfect start as two free-kicks brought reward inside the opening ten minutes. First, McCulloch's perfect delivery from the left was met by Miller, who headed past Olexandr Shovkovskiy at the near post in the fourth minute. Six minutes later provider turned scorer as Barry Ferguson's set-piece picked out McCulloch with time and space, and the Rangers FC midfielder duly curled in a beautiful shot.

Shevchenko shock
Ukraine, however, worked their way back into the contest and reduced the arrears in the 24th minute. The Scotland defence was unable to deal with Andriy Nesmachniy's left-wing cross, giving Shevchenko the chance the thump into the roof of the net from close range. The visitors continued to press for the remainder of the first period and the early part of the second, but without creating clear chances.

McFadden clincher
When a fourth goal did arrive, it was the home team who got it in the 68th minute as a typically driving run from Alan Hutton ended with a cross-field pass to McFadden, who controlled and drilled low past Shovkovskiy to score for the third successive qualifying game. Both sides are in action on Wednesday, when Scotland travel to Georgia and Ukraine take on the Faroe Islands.

Last updated: 14/10/07 15.29CET

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Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
2
NesmachniyAndriy Nesmachniy
Yellow Card3
5
WeirDavid Weir
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
4
McManusStephen McManus
13
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
3
NaysmithGary Naysmith
3
KucherOlexandr Kucher
10
BrownScott Brown
Substitution76
9
GusevOleh Gusev
Substitution46
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
Yellow Card45+4
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
Substitution73
7
PearsonStephen Pearson
21
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
8
McCullochLee McCulloch
Goal10
Yellow Card45+4
Substitution60
16
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
Yellow Card37
Substitution62
11
McFaddenJames McFadden
Goal68
Substitution80
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko (C)
Yellow Card15
Goal24
9
MillerKenny Miller
Goal4
Yellow Card72
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin

Substitutes

12
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
23
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
13
RobsonBarry Robson
8
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
Substitution73
14
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution76
14
RotanRuslan Rotan
Substitution46
Yellow Card70
15
BoydKris Boyd
15
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
16
DaillyChristian Dailly
Substitution60
17
GaiOlexiy Gai
17
G. AlexanderGraham Alexander
18
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
Substitution62
18
O'ConnorGarry O'Connor
Substitution80
Yellow Card89
22
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay

Coach

Alexander Mcleish (SCO) Oleh Blokhin (UKR)

Referee

Pieter Vink (NED)

Assistant referees

Patrick Gerritsen (NED), Arend Brink (NED)

Fourth official

Ruud Bossen (NED)

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