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Nine-man Ukraine respond in Finland

Published: Saturday 9 June 2012, 18.45CET
Finland 1-2 Ukraine
Goals from Roman Bezus and Pylyp Budkivskiy ensured Ukraine revived their Group 2 hopes in Lahti despite ending with nine men.
by Maarit Korhonen
from Lahti Stadium
Nine-man Ukraine respond in Finland
Pavlo Yakovenko's Ukraine side are still in contention ©Aleksey Yurkov
Published: Saturday 9 June 2012, 18.45CET

Nine-man Ukraine respond in Finland

Finland 1-2 Ukraine
Goals from Roman Bezus and Pylyp Budkivskiy ensured Ukraine revived their Group 2 hopes in Lahti despite ending with nine men.

Ukraine kept their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying hopes alive with victory in Finland to snatch Group 2 third place in Lahti.

Finland had moved a point ahead of Ukraine last week as they drew 1-1 in Slovenia a day after Ukraine lost 1-0 in Lithuania. But goals from Roman Bezus and Pylyp Budkivskiy put Ukraine in control and although they were reduced to nine men and Joel Pohjanpalo pulled one back, the visitors held on and they are within five points of second-placed Sweden with three games left.

On top from the off, Ukraine hit the woodwork on six minutes through the impressive Vitaliy Kaverin, always a threat on the left, and although Finland had their chances, Bezus broke the deadlock late in the first half, slipping his shot past goalkeeper Walter Viitala. Ukraine lost Serhiy Lyulka to a second yellow card just after the hour mark but in the 70th minute Budkivskiy pounced on a misplaced Timi Lahti pass to Viitala to make it 2-0.

Substitute Pohjanpalo gave Finland hope with three minutes left from Tuomas Rannanka's cutback, but despite Vitaliy Vitsenets received a straight red card in added time, Ukraine clinched the points. Finland go to Sweden on Wednesday desperate for a win to keep their hopes alive while Ukraine next meet leaders Slovenia on 15 August.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.08CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Ukraine

Ukraine

12
ViitalaWalter Viitala (GK)
1
BerezovskiyIgor Berezovskiy (GK)
2
UronenJere Uronen
Substitution75
2
KushnirovDmytro Kushnirov
3
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
3
PartsvaniyaTemur Partsvaniya
5
HeikkiläTapio Heikkilä
6
VitsenetsVitaliy Vitsenets
Red Card90+3
6
KaukoJoni Kauko (C)
Yellow Card90+3
9
BezusRoman Bezus
Goal39
Substitution78
7
Cataxo TammilehtoDuarte Cataxo Tammilehto
Yellow Card17
Substitution63
11
BudkivskiyPylyp Budkivskiy
Goal70
9
VäyrynenTim Väyrynen
15
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov (C)
Yellow Card90+4
10
ForsellPetteri Forsell
Substitution59
16
KaravayevOleksandr Karavayev
17
LahtiTimi Lahti
Yellow Card63
17
KaverinVitaliy Kaverin
Yellow Card88
19
Dalla ValleLauri Dalla Valle
21
LyulkaSerhiy Lyulka
Yellow Card53
Red Card61
20
PennanenPetteri Pennanen
22
GrechyshkinDmytro Grechyshkin
Yellow Card75

Substitutes

1
SahlgrenSaku-Pekka Sahlgren (GK)
23
MysakRoman Mysak (GK)
4
MäntyläTero Mäntylä
4
PutrashIurii Putrash
Substitution78
Substitution90+1
8
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
Substitution63
10
FedotovVitaliy Fedotov
11
LähdeJuho Lähde
14
ShakhovYevhen Shakhov
Substitution90+1
14
ToivomäkiHenri Toivomäki
18
PlastunIgor Plastun
15
RannankariTuomas Rannankari
Substitution75
19
ChaykovskiyIhor Chaykovskiy
16
PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
Substitution59
Goal87
20
ShevchukAnton Shevchuk

Coach

Mika Laurikainen (FIN) Pavlo Yakovenko (UKR)

Referee

Alain Bieri (SUI)

Assistant referees

Raffael Zeder (SUI), Bruno Zurbrügg (SUI)

Fourth official

Patrick Graf (SUI)

Legend:

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