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Kirylchyk bolsters Belarus bid

Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 16.29CET
Belarus 1-1 Croatia Pavel Kirylchyk equalises late on to take Belarus a step closer to the last four.

Match statistics

BelarusCroatia

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A(Host country: Germany)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Belarus Belarus21103214
2Italy Italy21013303
3Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro21014403
4Croatia Croatia201134-11

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:54 CET
Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 16.29CET

Kirylchyk bolsters Belarus bid

Belarus 1-1 Croatia Pavel Kirylchyk equalises late on to take Belarus a step closer to the last four.

Pavel Kirylchyk's equaliser just eight minutes from time kept Belarus on course for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals, when it seemed they were heading for defeat against Group A rivals Croatia.

Cleverly-worked goal
Mario Lucic had given Croatia the lead late in the first half, and after the break Croatia were largely dominant. But a cleverly-worked goal with a strong Kirylchyk finish took Belarus on to four points, and a final-day draw with Serbia and Montenegro on Tuesday will seal their progress.

Six changes
Despite seeing his side shock Italy 2-1 on Thursday, Belarus coach Yuri Puntus rang the changes, bringing Aleksei Suchkou, Viktar Sokal, Pavel Shmihera, Maksim Tsyhalka, Pavel Biahanski and Kirylchyk into his starting lineup.

Da Silva in
There were three Croatian changes following their 3-2 defeat by Serbia and Montenegro; goalkeeper Marko Šarlija in for Tomislav Vranjic, midfield man Nikola Šafaric replacing Marijan Buljat and Brazilian-born forward Eduardo da Silva, having come on to score two days ago, for Mario Carevic.

Kranjcar close
With three points a necessity for Croatia with an eye to the semi-finals, they begun in dominant fashion and for the first 15 minutes Marko Babic, Darijo Srna and Danijel Pranjic gave Belarus plenty to defend. Yuri Zhaunov in the Belarussian goal was tested early on with high crosses, but on seven minutes could do nothing about a Niko Kranjcar shot that looped on to the crossbar and away.

Lucic delight
Croatia withstood a spell of concerted Belarus pressure before taking the lead from a free-kick 25 metres out. Defender Lucic's shot was hit with power and swerve and although Zhaunov got a hand to the ball, he could not prevent the goal.

Second-half excitement
Sokal had time to shoot over the bar before the break, but his side went in behind. The excitement continued in the first minute of the second half, though, as Babic and Belarussian substitute Viachaslau Gleb forced each goalkeeper to make a save.

Zhaunov tested
Croatia were looking for a second goal and Goran Ljubojevic tested the busy Zhaunov. A fine combination move involving Kranjcar and Da Silva also got behind the Belarussian defence before Aleksei Baga stepped in. After the hour mark, Belarus began to see more of the ball, but they were allowing spaces at the back as they pressed.

Late equaliser
Indeed, Croatia's attacks remained dangerous, especially after the introduction of Domagoj Abramovic for Da Silva. There were several shots from long-range and Nikola Šafaric gave Zhaunov another save to make. However, with only eight minute remaining, Suchkou's high cross was headed back by Tsyhalka into the path of Kirylchyk, whose shot gave Marko Šarlija no chance.

Tuesday deciders
It was harsh on Croatia, who had been the better team, and now victory against Italy on Tuesday is paramount. For Belarus, though, the dream of progress and a possible Olympic Games ticket is that much closer.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.50CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

Croatia

Croatia

1
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
12
ŠarlijaMarko Šarlija (GK)
5
BagaAleksei Baga (C)
4
DrpićDino Drpić
6
PankovetsAleksei Pankovets
5
LučićMario Lučić
Goal38
7
SuchkouAleksei Suchkou
6
JešeVedran Ješe
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
8
SrnaDarijo Srna
Yellow Card70
13
SokalViktar Sokal
Substitution57
9
LjubojevićGoran Ljubojević
Substitution74
16
ShmigeroPavel Shmigero
Substitution21
10
BabićMarko Babić (C)
17
TsyhalkaMaksim Tsyhalka
16
ŠafarićNikola Šafarić
Yellow Card67
18
BeganskiPavel Beganski
Substitution45
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
19
KirenkinRoman Kirenkin
20
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Yellow Card31
20
KirilchikPavel Kirilchik
Goal82
21
EduardoEduardo
Substitution60

Substitutes

12
TsygalkoYuri Tsygalko (GK)
1
VranjićTomislav Vranjić (GK)
22
LohvinavIhar Lohvinav (GK)
22
PelinTomislav Pelin (GK)
2
TarasenkaValery Tarasenka
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
3
MoloshDmitri Molosh
3
MikulićTomislav Mikulić
Substitution74
4
SashchekoDenis Sashcheko
Substitution21
7
CarevićMario Carević
8
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
11
BodrušićDario Bodrušić
9
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Substitution45
13
GalIgor Gal
11
KalachevTimofei Kalachev
Substitution57
14
MilardovićJosip Milardović
14
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
15
LinićSiniša Linić
15
RozhkovIgor Rozhkov
17
AbramovićDomagoj Abramović
Substitution60
21
ShkabaraOleg Shkabara
18
ZahoraDario Zahora

Coach

Yuri Puntus (BLR) Martin Novoselac (CRO)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Felix Brych (GER)

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