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Spain beat Ukraine to progress as Group B winners

Published: Sunday 19 June 2011, 22.50CET
Two goals from Juan Mata and one from the tournament's leading scorer Adrián helped Spain defeat Ukraine 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals and eliminate their opponents.
by Patrick Hart
from Herning Stadion

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Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners3
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
14
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 04:46 CET

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Published: Sunday 19 June 2011, 22.50CET

Spain beat Ukraine to progress as Group B winners

Two goals from Juan Mata and one from the tournament's leading scorer Adrián helped Spain defeat Ukraine 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals and eliminate their opponents.

Spain strode fairly unimpeded into the semi-finals with a 3-0 victory which confirmed their Group B supremacy and the elimination of Ukraine.

Luis Milla's team cast aside the pre-match calculations and played as the sum of their princely parts – their controlled performance being embellished by first-half strikes from Juan Mata and leading scorer Adrián and a second-half spot kick by Mata. Next up for Spain are Belarus on Wednesday, when Ukraine will be absent from the last four for the third successive UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Spain had been good enough not to have to rely on favours – at kick-off, a point would seal their progress whatever the England-Czech Republic result – yet that was exactly what they got. Ukraine centre-back Serhiy Kryvtsov appeared perfectly positioned to clear Ander Herrera's forward pass. Instead, he slipped, the ball ran through to Mata and Spain's No10 slid it under goalkeeper Anton Kanibolotskiy for his first goal of the tournament.

Fair to say Ukraine had been warned. The Spaniards' urgent start almost yielded an earlier breakthrough when left-back Didac Vila Rosello rattled the outside of Kanibolotskiy's post after linking up with Iker Muniain. It was an overlapping right-back who supplied Adrián with his third score here in Denmark. Martín Montoya's lung-busting break enabled him to take Thiago Alcántara's enticing pass in his stride and cross for the sliding Adrián to make it 2-0.

Not what the vocal Ukrainian supporters gathered behind Kanibolotskiy's goal had been hoping to see. Ukraine coach Pavlo Yakovenko had also seen enough and replaced the more attacking Maxym Biliy with holding midfielder Oleg Golodyuk.

Going into the game, the sole condition for Ukraine to continue in the competition was to win. Yakovenko, needing at least one goal from his hitherto barren team, had turned to Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko. Yet his side's best first-half efforts comprised a long-range strike from Yevhen Konoplyanka straight at David de Gea and Bohdan Butko's coruscating cross that begged to be converted.

Spain, by contrast, were looking anything but middling in Midtjylland, the central region of Jutland. Golodyuk's left-wing burst was one second-half occasion for the Ukrainians to break their duck, yet he was crowded out by back-tracking red shirts.

And the illusion that they were coming to terms with Spain was shattered after 72 minutes. Thiago measured his through pass to meet the surge of Mata who was checked by Denys Garmash. The punishment of Garmash's red card was compounded by vice-captain Mata's powerful strike beyond Kanibolotskiy.

Curiously, Ukraine's best opportunity of the night arrived moments later. De Gea was left alone to deal with the unattended Zozulya and brought the attacker down. The goalkeeper, duly cautioned, promptly made the save from Konoplyanka's tame conversion. On this evidence, Spain – European U21 champions in 1986 and 1998 – could make it a triple crown.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.01CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Spain

Spain

1
KanibolotskiyAnton Kanibolotskiy (GK) (C)
Yellow Card27
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
Yellow Card74
2
ButkoBohdan Butko
3
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
3
SelinYevhen Selin
4
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez (C)
Substitution76
4
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal27
Substitution80
7
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
Yellow Card73
Penalty75
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Goal10
Goal72
10
ZozulyaRoman Zozulya
12
MontoyaMartín Montoya
Yellow Card70
Substitution82
11
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
Yellow Card45
Substitution81
17
Dídac VilàDídac Vilà
15
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov
18
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
16
BiliyMaxym Biliy
Substitution39
19
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
17
ChesnakovVolodymyr Chesnakov
20
BotíaAlberto Botía
19
GarmashDenys Garmash
Yellow Card66
Red Card71
22
MuniainIker Muniain

Substitutes

12
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
1
MiñoRubén Miño (GK)
23
NepogodovDmytro Nepogodov (GK)
23
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
5
PutivtsevArtem Putivtsev
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
Substitution82
6
VitsenetsVitaliy Vitsenets
Substitution81
5
San JoséMikel San José
9
MorozyukMykola Morozyuk
6
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
13
PartsvaniyaTemur Partsvaniya
8
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution76
14
GolodyukOleg Golodyuk
Substitution39
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution80
18
KurilovOleksiy Kurilov
11
CapelDiego Capel
20
MatveyevOleksandr Matveyev
14
NsueEmilio Nsue
21
FedorchukValeriy Fedorchuk
15
José ÁngelJosé Ángel
22
KravetsArtem Kravets
16
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
21
Rubén PérezRubén Pérez

Coach

Pavlo Yakovenko (UKR) Luis Milla (ESP)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Jukka-Pekka Koskela (FIN), Michael Soteriou (CYP)

Fourth official

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

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