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Croatia pegged back by Ukraine

Published: Wednesday 28 May 2014, 21.00CET
Croatia 1-1 Ukraine
Ante Rebić's opener was swiftly cancelled out by Ruslan Malinovskiy to keep Ukraine in contention and frustrate Group 5 leaders Croatia.
by Elvir Islamović
from Zagreb stadium
Croatia pegged back by Ukraine
Ruslan Malinovskiy (left) struck the equaliser ©Yevhen Kraws

Standings

Published: Wednesday 28 May 2014, 21.00CET

Croatia pegged back by Ukraine

Croatia 1-1 Ukraine
Ante Rebić's opener was swiftly cancelled out by Ruslan Malinovskiy to keep Ukraine in contention and frustrate Group 5 leaders Croatia.

Croatia missed the chance to all but seal a UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off place as they were pegged back by Ukraine in Zagreb.

Ante Rebić put the hosts ahead on 56 minutes, at which point they looked set to move six points clear of Switzerland in Group 5. But Ruslan Malinovskiy levelled six minutes later, lifting Ukraine into third and in sight of top spot.

Croatia, who won 2-0 in Ukraine last September, dominated from the off, coming closest in the first half when Ante Rebić found Stipe Perica in the 38th minute only for his shot to hit the woodwork. However, the deadlock was broken when Šime Vrsaljko ran down the right and sent in a cross met with a powerful effort by Rebić.

That lead was shot-lived, Malinovskiy taking advantage of confusion in the Croatia defence, picking up possession on the left of the box, turning inside and shooting into the opposite corner. Still Croatia pressed, Rebić striking a post from close range after Marko Pjaca's excellent shot had been parried by Maxym Koval.

Croatia are now four points ahead of Switzerland, who have a game in hand, and nine in front of Ukraine, who have played three matches fewer. Ukraine visit Liechtenstein next on 4 June and welcome Latvia four days later. Croatia end their fixtures on 3 September in Latvia, before Ukraine welcome both Switzerland and Liechtenstein later that week.

Last updated: 04/06/15 7.40CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
ZelenikaOliver Zelenika (GK)
1
KovalMaxym Koval (GK)
2
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko (C)
2
KostevychVladimir Kostevych
Substitution60
4
JedvajTin Jedvaj
3
OrdetsIvan Ordets (C)
5
ŠimunovićJozo Šimunović
6
BolbatSerhiy Bolbat
Substitution53
6
BubnjićIgor Bubnjić
9
KalitvintsevVladyslav Kalitvintsev
8
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Yellow Card51
10
BabenkoRuslan Babenko
Yellow Card87
9
RebićAnte Rebić
Goal56
11
KulachVladyslav Kulach
10
KovačićMateo Kovačić
13
NasonovOleksandr Nasonov
11
PjacaMarko Pjaca
14
MalinovskiyRuslan Malinovskiy
Goal62
Substitution71
18
PericaStipe Perica
Substitution85
19
MalyshevMaksym Malyshev
Yellow Card9
20
PašalićMario Pašalić
Substitution74
21
BratkovAnton Bratkov

Substitutes

12
BrkićIvan Brkić (GK)
23
DenchukArtur Denchuk (GK)
3
Gorupec Toni Gorupec
4
KaravayevOleksandr Karavayev
7
ŠitumMario Šitum
5
NepliakhYevhen Nepliakh
Substitution60
13
ŽuparićDario Župarić
8
NoyokOleksandr Noyok
15
J. MišićJosip Mišić
Substitution74
16
YusovDmytro Yusov
Substitution71
17
RadoševićJosip Radošević
17
MemeshevRedvan Memeshev
Substitution53
Yellow Card82
23
KolarMarko Kolar
Substitution85
22
TotovytskiyAndriy Totovytskiy

Coach

Nenad Gracan (CRO) Serhiy Kovalets (UKR)

Referee

Andreas Ekberg (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mehmet Culum (SWE), Peter Magnusson (SWE)

Fourth official

Johan Hamlin (SWE)

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