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Spain win in Kyiv to deny Ukraine

Published: Monday 12 October 2015, 22.39CET
Ukraine 0-1 Spain
Holders Spain concluded their qualifying campaign in victorious fashion, debutant Mario Gaspar's goal consigning the hosts to the play-offs.
by Bohdan Buha
from NSK Olimpiyskyi

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Match statistics

UkraineSpain

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)42
 
58
Total attempts27
 
10
on target10
 
6
off target12
 
3
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
5
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
14
Fouls suffered12
 
13

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 16/06/2017 10:40 CET
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Published: Monday 12 October 2015, 22.39CET

Spain win in Kyiv to deny Ukraine

Ukraine 0-1 Spain
Holders Spain concluded their qualifying campaign in victorious fashion, debutant Mario Gaspar's goal consigning the hosts to the play-offs.

  • Spain claim a narrow victory in Kyiv thanks to debutant Mario Gaspar
  • Villarreal full-back heads in Thiago Alcántara's cross to the back post
  • Andriy Pyatov then saves Cesc Fàbregas's 25th-minute penalty
  • Spain, who lost their second qualifier, win Group C by five points
  • Defeat condemns Ukraine to the play-offs, the draw for which is on Sunday

Spain recorded their eighth successive victory in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group C, debutant Mario Gaspar scoring the only goal against a Ukraine side that failed to register the win they needed to have a chance of being the best third-placed team.

Holders Spain dominated possession but always had to be wary of Ukraine's threat on the counterattack, which became evident when Ruslan Rotan missed the target from close range early on. With a quarter of an hour on the clock, David de Gea then expertly saved from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's Rotan and Artem Kravets.

Fàbregas: Very special day

Ukraine's inability to make this spell of pressure tell proved costly when, midway through the first half, Thiago Alcántara was slipped into the penalty area and crossed for Gaspar to nod in at the back post. Three minutes later Olexandr Kucher fouled Cesc Fàbregas – making his 100th Spain appearance – but Andriy Pyatov kept Ukraine's deficit at one by tipping the centurion's penalty over the bar.

Ukraine continued to look menacing on the break after the restart, Andriy Yarmolenko hitting a post within six minutes. The game was even more open in the second period as Ukraine gave it everything, their all-or-nothing approach consequently affording Vicente del Bosque's men more space to exploit. 

Try as they might, however, Mikhail Fomenko's side could not find a route back into the contest and they must now focus on the play-offs next month. They will discover their opponents when the draw is made in Nyon on Sunday.

Last updated: 14/10/15 0.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014058/postmatch/report/index.html#spain+deny+ukraine

Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Spain

Spain

12
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
12
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
Yellow Card88
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
Yellow Card23
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
6
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
Yellow Card61
6
San JoséMikel San José
Yellow Card53
7
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
8
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
Yellow Card36
10
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Substitution85
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas (C)
Penalty25
Substitution64
14
RotanRuslan Rotan (C)
Substitution87
14
EtxeitaXabier Etxeita
17
FedetskiyArtem Fedetskiy
Yellow Card77
15
NachoNacho
19
GarmashDenys Garmash
Substitution58
17
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
Goal22
20
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
19
NolitoNolito
Substitution75
22
KravetsArtem Kravets
Substitution87
22
IscoIsco

Substitutes

1
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
23
ShevchenkoMykyta Shevchenko (GK)
23
RicoSergio Rico (GK)
2
KamenyukaMykyta Kamenyuka
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
3
PylyavskyiAndriy Pylyavskyi
4
BartraMarc Bartra
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution85
8
MalinovskiyRuslan Malinovskiy
11
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
9
GusevOleh Gusev
13
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution64
11
SeleznyovYevhen Seleznyov
Substitution87
16
JuanfranJuanfran
15
BudkivskiyPylyp Budkivskiy
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution75
16
ZinchenkoOlexandr Zinchenko
Substitution87
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
18
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
Substitution58
21
KaravaevOlexandr Karavaev

Coach

Mykhailo Fomenko (UKR) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Nemanja Petrović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Nenad Djokić (SRB)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution