European Championship Qualifying - 1st Leg
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Ukraine 2-0 Slovenia

Andriy Yarmolenko
Yarmolenko has scored 21 goals for Ukraine. Only Andriy Shevchenko, with 48, has scored more

Ukraine built a comfortable lead over Slovenia in their Euro 2016 play-off as Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Seleznyov scored in a 2-0 win in Lviv.

The Euro 2012 co-hosts took the lead when Yarmolenko seized on goalkeeper Samir Handanovic's unconvincing punch.

Seleznyov slid in to convert the overlapping Artem Fedetskiy's cross after the break.

Josip Ilicic wasted a fine chance for Slovenia, but his side were fortunate not to fall further behind in the tie.

Seleznyov side-footed a tame shot against the post after Denys Garmash had directed a powerful header straight at Handanovic under little pressure.

Euro 2016 play-off dates
Norway v Hungary (Agg: 0-1); Second leg in Budapest (Sun 15 Nov 19:45 GMT)
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland (Agg 1-1); Second leg in Dublin (Mon 16 Nov 19:45 GMT)
Ukraine v Slovenia (Agg 2-0); second leg in Maribor (Tue 17 Nov 19:45 GMT)
Sweden v Denmark (Agg 2-1);Second leg in Copenhagen (Tues 17 Nov 19:45 GMT)
Read a guide to all of the play-off games here.

Ukraine have lost in five previous qualifying play-offs for major tournaments - including a 3-2 aggregate reverse when they played Slovenia for a place at Euro 2000.

With former heavyweight boxing champion, now mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko watching on in the stands, there seemed little chance of a repeat as Yarmolenko - the target of an unsuccessful bid by Premier League side Everton in August - and Yevhen Konoplyanka pulling the strings.

Despite a spell of late pressure, Slovenia, who picked up two of five yellow cards in a tetchy encounter, will have to show more adventure in the return in Maribor on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Ukraine

  • 12Pyatov
  • 17Fedetskiy
  • 3KhacheridiBooked at 35mins
  • 20RakitskiyBooked at 84mins
  • 13Shevchuk
  • 16Sydorchuk
  • 18Rybalka
  • 19GarmashSubstituted forMalinovskyat 80'minutes
  • 7YarmolenkoSubstituted forKaravayevat 90+1'minutes
  • 11SeleznyovBooked at 19minsSubstituted forKravetsat 84'minutes
  • 10Konoplyanka

Substitutes

  • 1Boyko
  • 2Kamenyuka
  • 4Tymoshchuk
  • 5Pylyavskyi
  • 6Petryak
  • 8Malinovsky
  • 9Gusev
  • 14Karavayev
  • 15Budkivsky
  • 21Gladkiy
  • 22Kravets
  • 23Shevchenko

Slovenia

  • 1Handanovic
  • 2Brecko
  • 6Ilic
  • 5Cesar
  • 13Jokic
  • 8Kurtic
  • 21KrhinBooked at 44mins
  • 10BirsaSubstituted forPecnikat 72'minutes
  • 20Kampl
  • 7IlicicSubstituted forBezjakat 63'minutes
  • 11NovakovicBooked at 35minsSubstituted forLjubijankicat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Andjelkovic
  • 4Samardzic
  • 9Ljubijankic
  • 12Oblak
  • 14Lazarevic
  • 15Struna
  • 16Vidmar
  • 17Kirm
  • 18Rotman
  • 19Pecnik
  • 22Verbic
  • 23Bezjak
Referee:
Jonas Eriksson

Match Stats

Home TeamUkraineAway TeamSlovenia
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Ukraine 2, Slovenia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ukraine 2, Slovenia 0.

Corner, Slovenia. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

Foul by Oleksandr Karavayev (Ukraine).

Bojan Jokic (Slovenia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ukraine. Oleksandr Karavayev replaces Andriy Yarmolenko.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Zlatan Ljubijankic replaces Milivoje Novakovic.

Attempt missed. Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ruslan Malinovsky.

Foul by Ruslan Malinovsky (Ukraine).

Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

Nejc Pecnik (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ukraine. Artem Kravets replaces Evgen Seleznyov.

Attempt saved. Ruslan Malinovsky (Ukraine) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.

Substitution

Substitution, Ukraine. Ruslan Malinovsky replaces Denys Garmash.

Denys Garmash (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Kampl (Slovenia).

Foul by Yevhen Khacheridi (Ukraine).

Nejc Pecnik (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine).

Branko Ilic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nejc Pecnik (Slovenia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bojan Jokic with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Denys Garmash (Ukraine) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Nejc Pecnik replaces Valter Birsa.

Attempt missed. Yevhen Khacheridi (Ukraine) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Miso Brecko.

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Branko Ilic (Slovenia).

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Bojan Jokic.

Evgen Seleznyov (Ukraine) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Andriy Pyatov.

Serhiy Rybalka (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jasmin Kurtic (Slovenia).

Denys Garmash (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rene Krhin (Slovenia).

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Roman Bezjak replaces Josip Ilicic.

Hand ball by Evgen Seleznyov (Ukraine).

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

Josip Ilicic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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