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Mak makes difference as Slovakia win in Ukraine

Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.44CET
Ukraine 0-1 Slovakia
Ján Kozak's men began their Group C campaign with an away win as Róbert Mak's first-half effort proved enough to secure three points. 

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Match statistics

UkraineSlovakia

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts17
 
7
on target3
 
2
off target9
 
4
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
1
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed22
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
20

Standings

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Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.44CET

Mak makes difference as Slovakia win in Ukraine

Ukraine 0-1 Slovakia
Ján Kozak's men began their Group C campaign with an away win as Róbert Mak's first-half effort proved enough to secure three points. 

Slovakia start Group C campaign with away win at NSK Olimpiyskyi
• Róbert Mak puts visitors ahead with cool 17th-minute finish
Edmar hits post for home side in second period
• Ján Ďurica and Norbert Gyömber rock-solid at heart of Slovak defence
Next games: Belarus v Ukraine, Slovakia v Spain (9 October)

Slovakia began their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group C campaign on a winning note as Róbert Mak's goal and a resolute defensive effort sealed the points in Kyiv. 

The game had a nervy start, with neither side willing to commit numbers forward, although the hosts looked to make inroads down the left flank where Oleh Gusev and Vyacheslav Shevchuk linked up. However, that duo were upstaged by Marek Hamšík, Vladimír Weiss and Mak at the other end, the trio combining to emphatic effect. They cut through Ukraine in the 17th minute when captain Hamšík slipped in Mak, who turned Yaroslav Rakitskiy expertly, sprinted clear and slotted in with his side-foot.

The away team continued to be the more threatening; Ďurica heading over a Mak free-kick from five metres before the goalscorer curled over from just outside the area. Ukraine had been restricted to long-range attempts, but in the dying moments of the half created two clear chances. However, Matúš Kozáčik made an excellent stop to deny Taras Stepanenko's header before Roman Zozulya failed to send his effort on target when faced with an open goal.

Mykhailo Fomenko's men pushed after the interval and Edmar nodded against the base of post before driving the rebound straight at Kozáčik. In the 65th minute the equaliser appeared certain when Artem Fedetskiy's inswinging cross from the left found the onrushing Edmar but he could only connect with his knee and the ball flew over.

Mak surged clear only to fire narrowly wide as Slovakia tried to halt the Ukrainian momentum, a job at which central defenders Ďurica and Norbert Gyömber excelled as the clock ticked down. The home side hurled long balls into the area yet were repelled every time as Ján Kozak's charges held on to start with a win.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.53CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013824/postmatch/report/index.html#mak+downs+ukraine

Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Slovakia

Slovakia

12
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
1
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
2
KovalchukKyrylo Kovalchuk
Substitution66
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher (C)
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
Yellow Card37
6
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
Yellow Card27
5
GyömberNorbert Gyömber
7
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution67
8
ZozulyaRoman Zozulya
11
NemecAdam Nemec
Yellow Card63
Substitution63
9
GusevOleh Gusev
Substitution81
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
17
FedetskiyArtem Fedetskiy
Yellow Card77
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Yellow Card35
20
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
Yellow Card37
20
MakRóbert Mak
Goal17
Substitution90+2
21
EdmarEdmar
Yellow Card82
22
PečovskýViktor Pečovský

Substitutes

1
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
12
NovotaJán Novota (GK)
23
BezotosniyDmytro Bezotosniy (GK)
23
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
3
OrdetsIvan Ordets
3
MichalíkĽubomír Michalík
4
BudkivskiyPylyp Budkivskiy
6
BreznaníkMichal Breznaník
10
ShakhovYevhen Shakhov
8
GuédéKarim Guédé
11
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
14
MakarenkoYevhen Makarenko
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution67
15
KhomchenovskiyDmytro Khomchenovskiy
13
KissFilip Kiss
Substitution63
Yellow Card86
16
MorozyukMykola Morozyuk
14
PiačekJozef Piaček
18
BezusRoman Bezus
Substitution66
Yellow Card72
16
SylvestrJakub Sylvestr
19
GromovArtem Gromov
Substitution81
18
ČikošErik Čikoš
22
RebenokPavlo Rebenok
21
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution90+2

Coach

Mykhailo Fomenko (UKR) Ján Kozák (SVK)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Graham Chambers (SCO), Alan Mulvanny (SCO)

Fourth official

David McGeachie (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)

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