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Khacheridi urges Ukraine to be more clinical

Ukraine defender Yevhen Khacheridi said his side could have done more to "calm the game down" after a 1-0 win against FYR Macedonia that left the visitors proud of their efforts.

Khacheridi urges Ukraine to be more clinical
Khacheridi urges Ukraine to be more clinical ©UEFA.com

Yevhen Khacheridi feels Ukraine "should have scored second and third"
Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko pleased with "three more points"
"A 1-1 draw would have been fair," says FYR Macedonia's Adis Jahović
Visiting coach Bosko Gjurovski "proud" of his team
Next games: Luxembourg v Ukraine, FYR Macedonia v Slovakia (15 November)

Yevhen Khacheridi, Ukraine defender
My thoughts on the match are positive because we got some very important points, though we should have scored a second and third goal to calm the game down and not have that tension at the end. We wanted to score at the start of the match, but it's good that we scored before half-time. We had other chances and could have scored a second, but we were unlucky.

The coach told us that they had tall players, that they were dangerous on set plays and challenges. I like their team very much.

Mykhailo Fomenko, Ukraine coach
Our group is not easy – today we made sure of that once again. If [Andriy] Yarmolenko had scored [his penalty], the game would have been easier. We still had a lot of chances, but it ended up being a tense situation. However, it's three more points on the board and this is what we are all about. It's true that we did make some mistakes, but we will review the game later.

Adis Jahović, FYR Macedonia forward
I give my congratulations to Ukraine – they won 1-0. I think a 1-1 draw today would have been fair; we had some good moments, but their goalkeeper was very strong today. There were a lot of moments, but they scored and we lost.

Ukraine scored on 45 minutes, at the end of the first half. And that's how the game finished. I think there were a couple of moments and then Yarmolenko had a penalty in the second half. What can I say? That's the way it is. We've lost this game and now our concentration turns to Slovakia. Our aim is to fight for third place.

Bosko Gjurovski, FYR Macedonia coach
It was a good game today. We fought for the whole 90 minutes, created a lot of moments, but, unfortunately, did not manage to score. Adis Jahović tried his best in attack, but he was too tired in the second half. We needed fresh players and made necessary substitutions. The substitutes almost played a role at the end of the match, but our opponents managed to keep us out.

I am proud of my team, which has a great future. We will work in order to develop our skills. I want to congratulate Ukraine, who played high-level football. I suppose Spain are favourites in our group, and then Ukraine. We will try our best to give them a fight. We have already played both favourites and now we are looking forward to meeting another good team [Slovakia on 15 November].