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Delight in Donetsk for clinical Ukraine

Published: Monday 3 August 2009
England 0-2 Ukraine
Expertly-taken goals from Denys Garmash and Dmytro Korkishko made Ukraine the first hosts to win the title in front of 25,000 fans.
by Andrew Haslam
from RSC Olympiyskiy Stadium

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Published: Monday 3 August 2009

Delight in Donetsk for clinical Ukraine

England 0-2 Ukraine
Expertly-taken goals from Denys Garmash and Dmytro Korkishko made Ukraine the first hosts to win the title in front of 25,000 fans.

Ukraine became the first team to win the UEFA European Under-19 Championship on home soil as a goal early in each half from Denys Garmash and Dmytro Korkishko earned a clinical victory against England in Donetsk.

Efficient display
As they had done in their semi-final, Yuriy Kalitvintsev's team made the perfect start with Garmash – whose double against Serbia on Thursday sealed Ukraine's place in the final – supplying another assured finish to Korkishko's near-post corner in the fifth minute. Provider turned scorer five minutes after half-time, Korkishko's perfectly-executed free-kick putting the home team in complete command and inflicting more final misery on England, who also lost at this stage in 2005 and have now reached four age-group finals in the last five years without claiming a trophy.

Repeat trick
Ukraine had taken the lead in the second minute of the teams' group-stage meeting and made a similarly inspired start on this occasion, bringing the majority of the 25,000-strong crowd to their feet within five minutes of the kick-off as Garmash stole a march on two defenders to meet Korkishko's right-wing corner with an instinctive first-time volley into the roof of the net. England responded by winning seven corners themselves in the first period and Igor Levchenko looked uncertain enough to offer them encouragement that one may yield reward, although the goalkeeper did palm away Joe Mattock's dangerous cross and then readjusted smartly to save Joe Bennett's inswinging free-kick from near the corner flag.

Korkishko brilliance
Both teams played at a sedate tempo in high temperatures, and although England enjoyed more of the possession, clear chances were at a premium for the remainder of the opening period, Kyrylo Petrov's 35-metre shot straight at Jason Steele the only time either goalkeeper was called into serious action. Five minutes into the second half, however, Daniel Gosling tripped Garmash as the Ukraine midfielder advanced and Korkishko's set-piece expertise again undid England, the FC Dynamo Kyiv forward's brilliant free-kick finding the top corner and leaving Steele with no chance.

Contrasting fortunes
Gosling came close to a swift redemption, Serhiy Kryvtsov blocking the England midfielder's goalbound effort, but in the main Ukraine looked likelier to extend their advantage than England did to reduce it. The recalled Vitaliy Kaverin and Petrov were unable to capitalise when unmarked in front of goal and Steele beat away Korkishko's fierce drive, while Levchenko kept out another free-kick attempt from Bennett and Henri Lansbury shot wide in the match's final action. Ukraine had already done enough, however, and while their triumph means that both European youth titles have been won by the hosts this year following Germany's U17 success in May, it ensured England's long run without a trophy, stretching back to the 1993 U18 victory, goes on.

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