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Slovakia closer to France despite Ukraine blank

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 22.45CET
Slovakia 0-0 Ukraine
Ján Kozák's men missed a chance to advance to UEFA EURO 2016 but a stalemate with Ukraine still left them on course for a historic breakthrough.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Štadión MŠK Žilina

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Match statistics

SlovakiaUkraine

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)42
 
58
Total attempts9
 
9
on target2
 
1
off target7
 
6
blocked0
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed27
 
16
Fouls suffered14
 
26

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 22.45CET

Slovakia closer to France despite Ukraine blank

Slovakia 0-0 Ukraine
Ján Kozák's men missed a chance to advance to UEFA EURO 2016 but a stalemate with Ukraine still left them on course for a historic breakthrough.

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  • Next games: Slovakia v Belarus, FYR Macedonia v Ukraine (9 October)

A 0-0 home draw with Ukraine meant Slovakia missed a chance to confirm their place in UEFA EURO 2016 from qualifying Group C.

Victory in Zilina would have sealed their progress, by virtue of a six-point advantage and a superior head-to-head record against their opponents, to a UEFA European Championship finals for the first time. However, a draw did manage to keep Slovakia's UEFA EURO 2016 hopes in their own hands with two games to play. 

A sold-out Štadión MŠK Žilina witnessed a nervous but dramatic first half, with Slovakia starting on the front foot as they looked to bounce back from Saturday's loss to Spain. Coach Ján Kozák introduced five fresh faces into his lineup, including the nation's all-time top scorer Róbert Vittek, but AC Milan midfielder Juraj Kucka struck over one of few efforts that fell their way early on.

Yevhen Konoplyanka missed an excellent opportunity for Ukraine following a dangerous break into the area, with Andriy Yarmolenko also off-target with a rasping effort for Mykhailo Fomenko's side.

The visitors showed ambition and the longer the game went, the more dangerous they became in the knowledge that three points would enable them to draw level with their hosts. Artem Kravets went close as Martin Škrtel's pressure caused the Ukraine striker to miss the target.

Slovakia pushed for a late winner yet Ukraine defended stoutly, with Róbert Mak firing over. Then silence fell on the stadium with five minutes remaining as Yaroslav Rakitskiy took aim with a free-kick, but Matúš Kozáčik was equal to it and thus helped his second-placed team maintain a three-point gap over Ukraine in third.

Last updated: 10/09/15 0.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014015/postmatch/report/index.html#slovakia+miss+chance

Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Ukraine

Ukraine

23
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
12
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
Substitution51
3
KhacheridiYevhen Khacheridi
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel (C)
6
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
Yellow Card90+2
4
GyömberNorbert Gyömber
Yellow Card47
7
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
11
VittekRóbert Vittek
Substitution66
10
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
Yellow Card79
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Yellow Card11
14
RotanRuslan Rotan (C)
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
17
FedetskiyArtem Fedetskiy
20
MakRóbert Mak
Substitution84
18
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
Yellow Card21
21
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
20
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
22
PečovskýViktor Pečovský
22
KravetsArtem Kravets
Substitution90+1

Substitutes

12
NovotaJán Novota (GK)
1
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
23
ShevchenkoMykyta Shevchenko (GK)
5
MichalíkĽubomír Michalík
2
MorozyukMykola Morozyuk
6
GregušJán Greguš
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
7
NemecAdam Nemec
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
8
DudaOndrej Duda
8
MalinovskiyRuslan Malinovskiy
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
9
GusevOleh Gusev
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution84
11
MalyshevMaksym Malyshev
13
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
15
BudkivskiyPylyp Budkivskiy
14
JakubkoMartin Jakubko
Substitution66
16
PylyavskyiAndriy Pylyavskyi
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
Substitution51
19
KovalenkoViktor Kovalenko
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
21
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
Substitution90+1

Coach

Ján Kozák (SVK) Mykhailo Fomenko (UKR)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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