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Substitute salvages Ukraine win

Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.19CET
Ukraine 1-0 Northern Ireland Unbeaten Ukraine keep their hopes of topping Group 6 alive.
Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.19CET

Substitute salvages Ukraine win

Ukraine 1-0 Northern Ireland Unbeaten Ukraine keep their hopes of topping Group 6 alive.

Unbeaten Ukraine kept their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification hopes alive after a 1-0 victory against Northern Ireland in Donetsk.

Fine save
Ukraine had won only one and drawn five of their six matches before tonight and needed victory to retain any chance of overhauling both Spain and Greece at the head of Group 6. Kostyantin Balabanov and Ruslan Bidnenko both went close for the home team in the opening ten minutes, the latter forcing a fine save from visiting goalkeeper Alan Blayney.

Visitors' effort
Northern Irish debutant Sammy Clingan then had a powerful shot of his own saved as his side searched for their first win of the group. The visitors moved forward strongly for the rest of the half, but did not have another effort on target.

Substitute scores
There was a warning for the away side early in the second half when Ruslan Rotan's free-kick forced Blayney to save, and on 58 minutes Ukraine went ahead when substitute Serhiy Danylovskyy found the target.

Ukraine opportunity
Olexiy Godin had a shot blocked soon afterwards, but third-placed Ukraine had done enough for victory and know that a win in their final qualifier in Spain on Tuesday would send them to the top of the group - although both the Spanish and Greece have further matches on 10 October.

Armenian meeting
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland face Armenia on Tuesday knowing a 2-0 or three-goal win would lift them off the bottom of the group.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.55CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
RudenkoVitaliy Rudenko (GK) (C)
1
BlayneyAlan Blayney (GK)
2
StoyanDenys Stoyan
2
Mark HughesMark Hughes
Yellow Card18
3
GodinOlexiy Godin
3
CapaldiTony Capaldi
4
YatsenkoOlexandr Yatsenko
Substitution46
4
BuchananWayne Buchanan
5
KomarnitskiyVitaliy Komarnitskiy
5
WebbSean Webb
Yellow Card87
10
RotanRuslan Rotan
Substitution90
6
MelaughGavin Melaugh
Substitution79
11
KabanovTaras Kabanov
Substitution59
7
ClinganSammy Clingan
13
PuchkovSergiy Puchkov
Yellow Card68
8
McFlynnTerence McFlynn (C)
15
GumenyukOleg Gumenyuk
9
McevillyLee Mcevilly
17
BidnenkoRuslan Bidnenko
10
FeeneyWarren Feeney
18
BalabanovKostyantyn Balabanov
11
DaveyHugh Davey
Substitution79

Substitutes

23
BazhanIgor Bazhan (GK)
12
MorrisElliott Morris (GK)
7
ArampatsisNikolaos Arampatsis
Substitution46
Goal59
13
DavisSteven Davis
Substitution79
8
SmalkoAndriy Smalko
Substitution90
17
ClarkeLee Clarke
Substitution79
16
VorobeyDmytro Vorobey
Substitution59
14
S DuffShane Duff
6
YarmashGrigoriy Yarmash
15
BrowneGary Browne
9
BielikOlexiy Bielik
16
HerronChristopher Herron
14
ProshynAndriy Proshyn

Coach

Pavlo Yakovenko (UKR) Frederick Roy Millar (NIR)

Referee

Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Matija Strugacevac (CRO)

Fourth official

Sime Vukic (CRO)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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