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Ukraine claim two-goal play-off lead over Slovenia

Published: Saturday 14 November 2015, 19.52CET
Ukraine 2-0 Slovenia
Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Seleznyov scored and it could have been more in Lviv for dominant Ukraine.
by Bogdan Buga
from Arena Lviv

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Match statistics

UkraineSlovenia

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)52
 
48
Total attempts15
 
3
on target6
 
0
off target5
 
3
blocked4
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners10
 
1
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
13

Standings

Published: Saturday 14 November 2015, 19.52CET

Ukraine claim two-goal play-off lead over Slovenia

Ukraine 2-0 Slovenia
Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Seleznyov scored and it could have been more in Lviv for dominant Ukraine.

Ukraine will take a two-goal lead to Maribor for the second leg of their UEFA EURO 2016 play-off with Slovenia and could well have scored more as they dominated in Lviv.

Aiming to extend their 13-match unbeaten record at Arena Lviv, Ukraine were on top from the start as Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko stormed down the wings. However, a disciplined and compact Slovenia side initially forced Ukraine to rely on set pieces and crosses.

Even so, it was from one of those crosses that Ukraine broke the deadlock as Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovič was unable to clear Konoplyanka's centre and Yarmolenko feinted past two players before finding the bottom left-hand corner with a low drive.

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Slovenia responded well to that 23rd-minute setback by creating two good opportunities, but Josip Iličić missed the target and Milivoje Novakovič failed to control the ball in a perfect position in the penalty area. At the other end Denys Garmash had two clear chances – the first was blocked, then Handanovič reacted well to tip the midfielder's header over – before Slovenia's No1 stopped Serhiy Rybalka's fine long-range effort.

In the second half Slovenia had to open up as they searched for an away goal and nine minutes after the interval it gave Ukraine the opportunity to double their advantage. Yarmolenko fed Artem Fedetskiy and his perfect low cross was turned in by Yevhen Seleznyov.

The pressure did not lift and Handanovič made a brilliant save from a Garmash header. When the keeper was beaten again by Seleznyov, the inside of the post came to his rescue. Despite a late rally, Slovenia will be grateful not to have conceded more but they still have a difficult task if they are to repeat their play-off success against Ukraine 16 years ago.

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Reaction
Mikhail Fomenko, Ukraine coach
We have won the first half of our tie, and I am delighted with the clean sheet, but now we should prepare for the second. Tuesday's game will be the final decisive one.

After the first goal we made some mistakes, individual mistakes – maybe my players started to relax. After half-time we played some good football and I am thrilled that Yevhen Seleznyov scored, which was great for him. It's a bit disappointing that we didn't get the third goal, but saying that we didn't concede either. Now we need to calm down. We have time, the players can relax, and in Maribor we will decide on our lineup. Our players know what they have to do in the second leg.

Srečko Katanec, Slovenia coach
My congratulations go to Ukraine – they scored two goals and this will help them in the tie. It was very disappointing that we missed all our chances, particularly one at the start of the game. However, we still have the second leg so this is not the end of our campaign. We still have to play at home and our fate remains in our hands. We will try to produce our best football at home and will try to secure a result.

I decided to take off Josip Iličić because we have another game, so we must be careful with our best players.

Last updated: 17/11/15 0.14CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000447/match=2018079/postmatch/report/index.html#ukraine+claim+goal+lead

Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Slovenia

Slovenia

12
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
3
KhacheridiYevhen Khacheridi
Yellow Card35
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
7
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
Goal22
Substitution90
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
10
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka (C)
6
B. IlićBranko Ilić
11
SeleznyovYevhen Seleznyov
Yellow Card19
Goal54
Substitution84
7
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution63
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
8
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
16
SydorchukSerhiy Sydorchuk
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution73
17
FedetskiyArtem Fedetskiy
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Yellow Card35
Substitution90
18
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
13
JokićBojan Jokić
19
GarmashDenys Garmash
Substitution79
20
KamplKevin Kampl
20
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
Yellow Card84
21
KrhinRené Krhin
Yellow Card44

Substitutes

1
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
12
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
23
ShevchenkoMykyta Shevchenko (GK)
16
VidmarNejc Vidmar (GK)
2
KamenyukaMykyta Kamenyuka
3
AndjelkovićSiniša Andjelković
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
4
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
5
PylyavskyiAndriy Pylyavskyi
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution90
6
PetriakIvan Petriak
14
LazarevičDejan Lazarevič
8
MalinovskiyRuslan Malinovskiy
Substitution79
15
Andraž StrunaAndraž Struna
9
GusevOleh Gusev
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
14
KaravaevOleksandr Karavaev
Substitution90
18
RotmanRajko Rotman
15
BudkivskiyPylyp Budkivskiy
19
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution73
21
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
22
VerbičBenjamin Verbič
22
KravetsArtem Kravets
Substitution84
23
BezjakRoman Bezjak
Substitution63

Coach

Mykhailo Fomenko (UKR) Srečko Katanec (SVN)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution