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Penalty drama goes Ukraine's way

Published: Thursday 1 June 2006, 23.30CET
Ukraine 0-0 Serbia and Montenegro
(aet: Ukraine win 5-4 on pens)
A pulsating 120 minutes saw the first-time finalists triumph.
by Patrick Hart
from Estádio Municipal de Aveiro

Match statistics

UkraineSerbia and Montenegro

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners8
 
5
Fouls committed23
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Thursday 1 June 2006, 23.30CET

Penalty drama goes Ukraine's way

Ukraine 0-0 Serbia and Montenegro
(aet: Ukraine win 5-4 on pens)
A pulsating 120 minutes saw the first-time finalists triumph.

Ukraine have reached the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final after defeating Serbia and Montenegro 5-4 on penalties following a thrilling 0-0 draw. Milan Purović's miss proved costly as the shoot-out ended in a sudden-death situation. Olexiy Mykhaylychenko's men, whose national anthem translates as 'Ukraine is not yet dead', lived to fight another day.

Purović promise
In a reflection of the first half, Serbia and Montenegro threatened the early breakthrough. First, Purović raced between Ukraine's centre-backs to latch on to a lofted pass from the left by Nenad Milijaš, and from just inside the penalty area, lobbed centimetres wide with goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov beaten. A similar move followed, only from the right, with Dušan Basta's long ball being perfectly weighted for Purović to touch with his instep, over the keeper, but again narrowly off target.

Milevskiy setback
The sad contrast for Ukraine was the sight of leading scorer Artem Milevskiy, always a languid figure, labouring with a back injury. Milevskiy still found space to angle a beautiful ball which Ruslan Fomin met with a diagonal run and flicked against the legs of goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković. That, however, was his last contribution.

Going close
It seemed a Serbo-Montenegrin ploy to win left-wing free-kicks and after one such set-piece had been half-cleared, a cross was whipped in from the other flank by Basta for Purović to head against a defender and over. Then Milijaš menaced, running through midfield, via a one-two with Miloš Krasić, and rifling over from 30 metres. He would go closer yet with a free-kick near to half-time.

Pinball
Delivery was also key when Adrian Pukanych's left-sided centre prompted pinball in the Serbo-Montenegrin back line. While the Balkan side asked more questions, Fomin, assisted by lively substitute Olexiy Godin, answered the one about his team's ability to cope without Milevskiy, drawing a foul from, and yellow card for, blue-shirted totem Milan Biševac.

Out of context
This was a match befitting its location, an ultra-modern bowl of a stadium, out of town and out of context with the surrounding countryside. These countries had not been expected to be here either, but such was progress. When Grigoriy Yarmash surged down the right following the restart, Ukraine almost made their mark in Aveiro, Pukanych shooting into the sidenetting.

Retaliatory strikes
Milijaš then took the introduction of a midfield rival in Olexandr Aliyev as his cue to launch a strike at Pyatov. Aliyev responded with a free-kick from the byline which fell for Olexandr Maksymov, free in the area, to fire over. A more inviting opportunity arrived on 67 minutes but Ukraine's Taras Mikhalik shot in haste. Yet Ukrainian superiority was short-lived. Branislav Ivanović nodded a Milijaš corner against Pyatov. Purović was prompted by Basta to drive hard and low towards Pyatov's near post; the keeper saved.

Nedvěd impersonator
The yellows came again. Yarmash and Mikhalik's combination produced a shooting chance for Aliyev, before Olexandr Yatsenko flicked a corner wide. The traffic was one-way as full time approached, despite the busy Basta's best Pavel Nedvěd impression. Parity reigned, though. In a tournament attuned to stadium rock, both sides were keeping the dream alive.

Testing times
So to extra time and another shift in momentum. Milijaš tested Pyatov's reflexes from long range while from point-blank, Purović miscued. Ukraine stood up to the pressure, all except Fomin, felled by Boško Janković's exocet. When Olexandr Rybka replaced Pyatov with seconds remaining, penalties appeared the inevitable conclusion, although the newcomer had to dive to keep out Janković's bicycle kick. As the drama segued into a shoot-out, Aliyev and Janković missed their sides' opening attempts with Stojković and Rybka saving. The remaining conversions were successful until Purović's stroke of bad luck.

Carlsberg Man of the Match: Andriy Pyatov

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.43CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2006/matches/round=1913/match=84132/postmatch/report/index.html#penalty+drama+goes+ukraines

Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Serbia

Serbia and Montenegro

1
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
Substitution120 ET
1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (C)
2
RomanchukOleksandr Romanchuk
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Yellow Card62
Substitution91 ET
5
YatsenkoOlexandr Yatsenko (C)
3
D. TošićDuško Tošić
Substitution65
6
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
5
StepanovMilan Stepanov
9
PukanychAdrian Pukanych
Substitution58
6
BiševacMilan Biševac
Yellow Card39
10
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
Substitution19
7
MilijašNenad Milijaš
11
FominRuslan Fomin
13
LomićMarko Lomić
14
CheberyachkoYevhen Cheberyachko
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
15
YarmashGrigoriy Yarmash
Yellow Card70
18
BastaDušan Basta
17
MikhalikTaras Mikhalik
19
TodorovićIvan Todorović
Substitution76
19
MaksymovOlexandr Maksymov
20
PurovićMilan Purović

Substitutes

12
RybkaOlexandr Rybka (GK)
Substitution120 ET
12
JovićAleksandar Jović (GK)
22
ShirayevYevgen Shirayev (GK)
22
VujadinovićMiroslav Vujadinović (GK)
8
AliyevOlexandr Aliyev
Substitution58
4
RnićNemanja Rnić
Substitution91 ET
18
GodinOlexiy Godin
Substitution19
8
JankovićBoško Janković
Substitution65
3
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
15
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Substitution76
4
NevmyvakaDmytro Nevmyvaka
10
S. VukčevićSimon Vukčević
7
FeschukMaxym Feschuk
11
PavlovićMiloš Pavlović
13
PylypchukSerhiy Pylypchuk
14
BabovićStefan Babović
16
KryvosheyenkoIvan Kryvosheyenko
16
RakićDjordje Rakić
20
SytnikOlexandr Sytnik
21
BurzanovićIgor Burzanović
21
OberemkoAndriy Oberemko

Coach

Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko (UKR) Dragomir Okuka (SRB)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Roger East (ENG), Gabor Erös (HUN)

Fourth official

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution