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Ukraine face Donetsk showdown with England

Published: Thursday 12 January 2012, 21.45CET
Ukraine have lost three out of four meetings with England but can take heart from victory in the teams' last meeting in 2009 ahead of their final Group D fixture.

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Published: Thursday 12 January 2012, 21.45CET

Ukraine face Donetsk showdown with England

Ukraine have lost three out of four meetings with England but can take heart from victory in the teams' last meeting in 2009 ahead of their final Group D fixture.

England have won three of their four previous games against Ukraine and will look to continue that dominance as the teams meet at Donetsk's Donbass Arena in their final Group D fixture.

• Roy Hodgson's England are second in the section with four points, one place and one point better off than their opponents, who followed their opening 2-1 win against Sweden in Kyiv with a 2-0 loss to France in Donetsk. England drew 1-1 with France before a 3-2 defeat of Sweden on matchday two.

• England will be through with a draw. If they lose, they have to hope France lose by enough so that England at least end level with Les Bleus on goal difference and goals scored, as England have a superior coefficient. Ukraine need to win to qualify; any other result and they are out.

Head-to-head record
• Opponents in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, each side won their home game but England came out on top overall, finishing six points clear of second-placed Ukraine who lost to Greece in the play-offs.

• England won the nations' two friendly meetings, starting with a 2-0 Wembley success in May 2000. Robbie Fowler and Tony Adams scored the goals. Steven Gerrard made his debut and Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk featured for Ukraine.

• England prevailed 3-0 in Newcastle in August 2004 thanks to goals from David Beckham, Michael Owen and debutant Shaun Wright-Phillips.

• The teams will meet again in qualifying Group H for the 2014 World Cup, England hosting Ukraine on 11 September with the reverse fixture on 10 September 2013.

• Ukraine beat England 2-0 in the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final at Donetsk's RSC Olympiyskiy Stadium. Danny Welbeck lined up against Denys Garmash, who struck Ukraine's first goal.

Selected previous meetings
10 October 2009: Ukraine 1-0 England (Nazarenko 29) – Dnipro Arena, Dnipropetrovsk, FIFA World Cup qualifier
Pyatov, Kucher, Kobin, Rakitskiy, Khacheridi, Gai, Tymoshchuk, Nazarenko (Yarmolenko 67), Rotan, Milevskiy, Shevchenko (Gusev 90+2).
England: Green, G Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry, A Cole, Lennon (James 12), Carrick, Lampard, Gerrard (Milner 46), Heskey (C Cole 72), Rooney.

• Robert Green's 12th-minute dismissal helped Ukraine inflict Fabio Capello's only defeat in 18 qualifying games. The victory helped Ukraine gain a play-off berth but mattered little to already qualified England.

1 April 2009: England 2-1 Ukraine (Crouch 29, Terry 85; Shevchenko 74) – Wembley, London, FIFA World Cup qualifier
James, G Johnson, Ferdinand (Jagielka 88), Terry, A Cole, Lennon (Beckham 57), Lampard, Barry, Gerrrard, Crouch (Wright-Phillips 79), Rooney.
Ukraine: Pyatov, Yarmash, Mikhalik, Chygrynskiy, Shevchuk, Aliyev, Sliusar (Kalinichenko 88), Tymoshchuk, Valyayev (Nazarenko 62), Milevskiy, Voronin (Shevchenko 56).

• Capello's side got the better of Olexiy Mykhailychenko's men in the sides' first competitive meeting thanks to John Terry's late winner.

Form guide
• Ukraine's only previous final tournament appearance came at the 2006 World Cup when they overcame a 4-0 opening loss to Spain thanks to victories over Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. They then beat Switzerland on penalties, before defeat by Italy in the quarter-finals.

• The defeat by France in Donetsk means Ukraine have now not won in the six games they have played in the city, registering two draws and four defeats. They scored in only two of those fixtures.

• England came through qualifying undefeated – five wins and three draws – and entered these finals without a competitive loss since succumbing 4-1 to Germany at the 2010 World Cup, their heaviest tournament defeat.

• England have not beaten the hosts at a major tournament in five attempts since beating Switzerland 2-0 at the 1954 World Cup. They lost 1-0 to Italy (1980 UEFA European Championship); drew 0-0 with Spain (1982 World Cup); lost 2-1 to Italy (1990 World Cup third-place play-off); went down 2-1 against Sweden to seal their first round elimination (EURO '92); and lost to Portugal on penalties in the quarter-finals (UEFA EURO 2004).

Team ties
• Shevchenko was at Chelsea FC from 2006 to 2009, scoring nine goals in 48 Premier League appearances. His team-mates included Terry, Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole.

• Andriy Voronin scored five times in 27 league outings for Liverpool FC between 2007 and 2010, playing alongside Gerrard.

• Shevchenko and Oleh Gusev hit FC Dynamo Kyiv's goals as they eliminated Manchester City FC 2-1 on aggregate in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 16; Joe Hart and James Milner appeared for City.

• Theo Walcott scored the opening goal for Arsenal FC at the Donbass Arena in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage but FC Shakhtar Donetsk came back to win 2-1.

• Yevhen Seleznyov scored in Shakhtar's 2-0 home defeat of Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32.

• Joleon Lescott scored in both legs of Everton FC's 4-3 aggregate win against FC Metalist Kharkiv in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round.

Competition format
• If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:
a) Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
b) Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
c) Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
d) If, after having applied criteria a) to c), two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria a) to c) are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine the final rankings of the two teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria e) to i) apply in the order given;
e) superior goal difference in all group matches;
f) higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
g) position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see annex I, paragraph 1.2.2);
h) fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament);
i) drawing of lots

• The Group D coefficients are as follows:
England 33.563
Sweden 31.675
France 30.508
Ukraine 28.029

• If two teams which have the same number of points, the same number of goals scored and conceded play their last group match against each other and are still equal at the end of that match, the ranking of the two teams in question is determined by kicks from the penalty mark provided no other teams within the group have the same number of points on completion of all group matches. Should more than two teams have the same number of points, the criteria listed under paragraph 8.07 apply.

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