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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Slovenia 1, Ukraine 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Slovenia 1, Ukraine 1.

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Serhiy Rybalka (Ukraine).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ukraine. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk replaces Yevhen Konoplyanka.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Ukraine. Conceded by Bojan Jokic.

  8. Booking

    Dejan Lazarevic (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Dismissal

    Miso Brecko (Slovenia) is shown the red card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Miso Brecko (Slovenia).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine).

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bostjan Cesar (Slovenia).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Denys Garmash (Ukraine).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Zlatan Ljubijankic (Slovenia).

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