Both these sides had won all their Group 5 matches, Denmark one more than their opponents with six, making their two outstanding encounters effective deciders for who will qualify automatically for next summer's finals in Finland and who goes to the play-offs. And Darina Apanaschenko, the only goalscorer when Ukraine beat Scotland last month, struck on 28 minutes to decide the game in Chernigov.
Now assuming Ukraine beat Portugal on 27 September, they will only need a point or a one-goal defeat other than 1-0 in their last game in Denmark four days later to hold on to first place. Ukraine have only once before even earned a play-off, which they are at least guaranteed, losing 4-1 on aggregate to England eight years ago.
Denmark coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller said: "It is really unfortunate. We came here to get points, and yet we lost, even though we created very many chances. We can still clinch the group on 1 October and we just hope that very many fans turn up to support us." Lene Jensen, who returned from injury as a second-half substitute, added: "Of course, I am really, really happy to be back on the national team, I had just hoped that it would not be like this. We created very many chances in the second half, and we can always do better."
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|12||Nadiya Baranova (GK)||1||Heidi Johansen (GK)|
|2||Olena Mazurenko (C)||2||Mia Brogaard|
|3||Tetyana Chorna||3||Katrine Pedersen (C)|
|4||Valentyna Kotyk||4||Christina Øyangen Ørntoft|
|6||Lyudmyla Pekur||5||Bettina Falk|
|10||Camilla Sand Andersen|
|14||Yuliya Vaschenko||11||Merete Pedersen|
|16||Alla Lyshafay||13||Johanna Rasmussen|
|1||Iryna Zvarych (GK)||16||Tine Cederkvist (GK)|
|8||Olha Boychenko||9||Signe J. Werming|
|10||Svitlana Frishko||6||Sanne Troelsgaard Nielsen|
|15||Lyudmyla Lemeshko||12||Line Røddik Hansen|
|19||Maryna Masalska||17||Lene Jensen|
|Anatoliy Kutsev (UKR)||Kenneth Heiner-møller (DEN)|
|Dagmar Damkova (CZE)|
|Dagmar Zakova (CZE), Adriana Secova (CZE)|
|Natalia Aleksakhina (UKR)|