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Pukanych prospers in Athens

Published: Tuesday 7 June 2005, 23.23CET
Greece 0-1 Ukraine Visitors Ukraine move second in Group 2 courtesy of a solitary goal from Adrian Pukanych.
Published: Tuesday 7 June 2005, 23.23CET

Pukanych prospers in Athens

Greece 0-1 Ukraine Visitors Ukraine move second in Group 2 courtesy of a solitary goal from Adrian Pukanych.

By Vassiliki Papantonopoulou

Ukraine took advantage of Turkey's defeat in Kazakhstan to make huge strides towards qualifying for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with a victory against Greece won by Adrian Pukanych's solitary goal.

Deflected winner
Pukanych's 29th-minute effort, which deflected in off Greece's Avraam Papadopoulos, was all that separated the sides at the Apostolos Nikolaidis in Athens, meaning Ukraine now sit two points clear of their opponents in second place, six behind Group 2 leaders Denmark.

New-look Ukraine
The victory followed Ukraine's 2-1 home success against Kazakhstan on 3 June, which was achieved by the Under-20 squad who are on their way to the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands later this month. For this game, however, new U21 coach Genadyy Litovchenko reverted to an older, tried-and-tested lineup.

Woodwork struck
Both teams hit the woodwork in a frantic opening spell, Ukrainian Ivan Kryvosheyenko striking the crossbar with an early attempt before the home side were denied a goal when a 20th-minute volley from Papadopoulos ricocheted back off a post.

Defensive approach
Pukanych's goal settled the visitors, who adopted a defensive approach under Litovchenko. The absence of the suspended Alexandros Tziolis took its toll on the hosts' midfield, which lacked creativity, while strikers Georgios Samaras and Evagelos Mantzios were marked tightly throughout.

Torosidis chance
With the visitors content to defend, the pace slowed after half-time but Greece still searched for the breakthrough. Vassilios Torosidis headed narrowly wide on 56 minutes but it was the closest he or his team-mates came to equalising.

Away fixtures
Both sides face away games next. Ukraine look to cement second place in the section when they travel to Georgia on 2 September, with Greece hoping to return to winning ways in Kazakhstan four days later.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.25CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
1
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
2
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Yellow Card46
2
RomanchukOleksandr Romanchuk
3
LeontiouSotirios Leontiou
3
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko (C)
4
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
5
NevmyvakaDmytro Nevmyvaka
Yellow Card20
5
FytanidisSokratis Fytanidis
Substitution32
7
PivnenkoSerhiy Pivnenko
Substitution70
6
MakosGrigoris Makos
8
GumenyukOleg Gumenyuk
7
ArampatsisNikolaos Arampatsis
Substitution65
9
PukanychAdrian Pukanych
Goal29
Substitution90
8
GoundoulakisFanourios Goundoulakis
Substitution46
10
KryvosheyenkoIvan Kryvosheyenko
9
MantziosVangelis Mantzios (C)
14
CheberyachkoYevhen Cheberyachko
Yellow Card69
10
SamarasGiorgos Samaras
17
GodinOlexiy Godin
Yellow Card63
Substitution75
11
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
18
OberemkoAndriy Oberemko

Substitutes

12
AndriolasKonstantinos Andriolas (GK)
23
ShirayevYevgen Shirayev (GK)
13
PliagasDimitrios Pliagas
Substitution32
4
GrishkoDmytro Grishko
Substitution90
14
DarlasFilippos Darlas
Substitution46
11
KovpakOlexandr Kovpak
Substitution70
15
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
Substitution65
13
PriyomovVolodymyr Priyomov
16
PapazachariasGrigoris Papazacharias
15
ShevchukSerhiy Shevchuk
Substitution75
17
PetkakisDimitrios Petkakis
16
FominRuslan Fomin
18
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
6
FedorivVolodymyr Fedoriv

Coach

Stilianos Aposporis (GRE) Gennadiy Lytovchenko (UKR)

Referee

Dragomir Tanovic (SRB)

Assistant referees

Igor Radojčić (SRB), Vukasin Djordjevic (SRB)

Fourth official

Dragutin Dedic (SRB)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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