European Championship Qualifying - 2nd Leg
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Slovenia 1-1 Ukraine (agg 1-3)

Ukraine reach Euro 2016
Ukraine players celebrate reaching their second successive European Championship finals

Ukraine held off a spirited Slovenia fightback to clinch their place at next summer's European Championship finals.

Ukraine took a 2-0 lead from the first leg to Maribor, but conceded after 11 minutes when home skipper Bostjan Cesar headed in from close range.

Slovenia pressed to take the tie into extra time but created few chances.

Home right-back Miso Brecko was sent off in injury time, before Andriy Yarmolenko secured Ukraine's spot by converting after a counter-attack.

Ukraine earned qualification to a European Championship finals for the first time, having automatically reached the 2012 tournament as co-hosts.

Now they will go to France hoping to improve on their group-stage exit three years ago.

Ukraine built a convincing first-leg lead in a dominant display in Lviv on Saturday, but offered little attacking threat in the first half of the return leg as Slovenia threatened a comeback.

After Cesar converted Valter Birsa's cross, the home side enjoyed plenty of possession as they searched for a second goal to level the aggregate score.

However, they could not beat Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov, who denied Cesar in the 74th minute with a smart one-handed save.

Brecko was dismissed for a high challenge as home frustrations grew, Yarmolenko finally converting the equaliser following a three-man Ukrainian breakaway.

Slovenia v Ukraine
Slovenia had won 10 of their 12 previous matches at Stadium Ljudski in Maribor

Who are the 24 teams at Euro 2016?

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales.

Line-ups

Slovenia

  • 1Handanovic
  • 2BreckoBooked at 90mins
  • 6Ilic
  • 5CesarBooked at 1mins
  • 13JokicBooked at 25mins
  • 21Krhin
  • 19PecnikBooked at 38minsSubstituted forIlicicat 67'minutes
  • 20Kampl
  • 10BirsaSubstituted forLazarevicat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Novakovic
  • 23BezjakSubstituted forLjubijankicat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Andjelkovic
  • 4Samardzic
  • 7Ilicic
  • 8Kurtic
  • 9Ljubijankic
  • 12Oblak
  • 14Lazarevic
  • 15Struna
  • 16Vidmar
  • 17Kirm
  • 18Rotman
  • 22Verbic

Ukraine

  • 12Pyatov
  • 17Fedetskiy
  • 3Khacheridi
  • 20Rakitskiy
  • 13Shevchuk
  • 6Stepanenko
  • 18RybalkaBooked at 32mins
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 16SydorchukSubstituted forGarmashat 61'minutes
  • 10KonoplyankaBooked at 4minsSubstituted forTymoshchukat 90+6'minutes
  • 11SeleznyovSubstituted forKravetsat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boyko
  • 2Kamenyuka
  • 4Tymoshchuk
  • 5Kucher
  • 8Petryak
  • 9Gusev
  • 14Karavayev
  • 15Budkivsky
  • 19Garmash
  • 21Pylyavskyi
  • 22Kravets
  • 23Shevchenko
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir

Match Stats

Home TeamSloveniaAway TeamUkraine
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Slovenia 1, Ukraine 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Slovenia 1, Ukraine 1.

Goal!

Goal! Slovenia 1, Ukraine 1. Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Artem Kravets following a fast break.

Milivoje Novakovic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Serhiy Rybalka (Ukraine).

Substitution

Substitution, Ukraine. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk replaces Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Bojan Jokic.

Booking

Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Miso Brecko (Slovenia) is shown the red card.

Foul by Miso Brecko (Slovenia).

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

Bostjan Cesar (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Artem Kravets (Ukraine) because of an injury.

Foul by Bostjan Cesar (Slovenia).

Taras Stepanenko (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bostjan Cesar (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denys Garmash (Ukraine).

Foul by Zlatan Ljubijankic (Slovenia).

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

Rene Krhin (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denys Garmash (Ukraine).

Corner, Slovenia. Conceded by Andriy Yarmolenko.

Attempt blocked. Rene Krhin (Slovenia) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Milivoje Novakovic with a headed pass.

Corner, Slovenia. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

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

Foul by Artem Fedetskiy (Ukraine).

Rene Krhin (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denys Garmash (Ukraine).

Foul by Zlatan Ljubijankic (Slovenia).

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

Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ljubijankic (Slovenia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josip Ilicic with a cross.

Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Artem Fedetskiy (Ukraine).

Rene Krhin (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Artem Kravets (Ukraine).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Slovenia).

Attempt blocked. Rene Krhin (Slovenia) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josip Ilicic with a cross.

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