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Rybalka treble keeps Ukraine in the hunt

Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 21.55CET
Ukraine 5-1 Malta
Serhiy Rybalka hit a hat-trick to help ensure Ukraine go into their final Group 2 qualifier against Sweden with their qualifying hopes very much alive.
by Bogdan Buga
from Obolon Stadium
Rybalka treble keeps Ukraine in the hunt
Serhiy Rybalka scored a hat-trick for Ukraine ©Sportsfile
Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 21.55CET

Rybalka treble keeps Ukraine in the hunt

Ukraine 5-1 Malta
Serhiy Rybalka hit a hat-trick to help ensure Ukraine go into their final Group 2 qualifier against Sweden with their qualifying hopes very much alive.

Ukraine kept themselves in the hunt for a play-off place with a convincing 5-1 triumph over Malta in Obolon.

Vying with Slovenia and Sweden to progress from UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2 – the four best runners-up join the group winners in the play-offs – Ukraine knew victory was imperative and they duly obliged with Serhiy Rybalka's hat-trick supplemented by further goals from Dmytro Korkishko and Dmytro Grechyshkin.

It could have been an altogether different story, though, had the visitors built on the 21st-minute lead given them by Terence Vella, who slipped past two defenders and fired in from 25 metres with the aid of a deflection off team-mate Ryan Camenzuli. However, Malta were in front for only six minutes before Rybalka chested down from a corner and fired past Steve Sultana.

Rybalka was close to putting his side in front before the interval but it mattered not, with his low shot three minutes into the second half giving the hosts the advantage. Korkishko's neat turn and high finish made it 3-1 soon after and Rybalka completed his hat-trick just before the hour with another fine effort.

Grechyshkin iced the cake to ensure Ukraine head into their final qualifier, against Sweden on Monday, in high spirits. They sit two points behind the Swedes and three behind Slovenia but will win the group if they prevail in Kalmar against opponents they beat 6-0 at home in May.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.21CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Malta

Malta

1
BerezovskiyIgor Berezovskiy (GK)
1
SultanaSteve Sultana (GK)
2
KushnirovDmytro Kushnirov
2
CamenzuliRyan Camenzuli
Substitution58
3
PartsvaniyaTemur Partsvaniya
3
MartinelliLuca Martinelli
4
PutrashIurii Putrash
Substitution36
4
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
7
KorkishkoDmytro Korkishko
Goal55
Substitution86
6
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
Substitution31
8
BogdanovAndriy Bogdanov
7
VellaTerence Vella
Goal21
Substitution86
9
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
Goal26
Yellow Card28
Goal47
Goal59
8
ScerriMark Scerri (C)
Yellow Card28
10
FedotovVitaliy Fedotov
9
SciclunaRyan Scicluna
15
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov (C)
Substitution79
10
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
21
LyulkaSerhiy Lyulka
13
CamilleriYessous Camilleri
Yellow Card17
22
GrechyshkinDmytro Grechyshkin
Goal87
16
GauciMatthew Gauci

Substitutes

12
LevchenkoIgor Levchenko (GK)
12
BalzanDaniel Balzan (GK)
5
OpanasenkoYevhen Opanasenko
5
ApapFerdinando Apap
11
BabyrOleksii Babyr
Substitution86
11
FalzonDaren Falzon
Substitution86
14
NasonovOleksandr Nasonov
14
C. BorgClyde Borg
Substitution31
16
PlastunIgor Plastun
Substitution79
17
MicallefLydon Micallef
Substitution58
18
BalashovVitaliy Balashov
Substitution36
18
J. BezzinaJohan Bezzina
19
YeremenkoDmytro Yeremenko
23
S. PisaniStephen Pisani

Coach

Oleg Pushanko (UKR) Raymond Farrugia (MLT)

Referee

Orel Grinfeld (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shabtai Nahmias (ISR), Oren Borneshtain (ISR)

Fourth official

Eytan Tabrezashi (ISR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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