European Championship Qualifying - 1st Leg

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.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


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


Formation 4-3-1-2

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


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

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ukraine 2, Slovenia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ukraine 2, Slovenia 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Slovenia. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Oleksandr Karavayev (Ukraine).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine. Oleksandr Karavayev replaces Andriy Yarmolenko.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Slovenia. Zlatan Ljubijankic replaces Milivoje Novakovic.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ruslan Malinovsky (Ukraine).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Ukraine).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine. Artem Kravets replaces Evgen Seleznyov.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine. Ruslan Malinovsky replaces Denys Garmash.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Kampl (Slovenia).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Yevhen Khacheridi (Ukraine).

  20. Post update

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

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