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Saturday, 10 October 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Ukraine 1 England 0 [1-0]

Stadion Dnepr-Arena, Kirovs'kyi, Dnepropetrovsk
Attendance: 31,000; Kick-off: 6:15pm EEST, 5:15pm BST;
Live on Pay-per-view (UK) - commentator: Tony Jones

Ukraine - Andriy Shevchenko (missed penalty hit outside of post 16 15:28).
Ukraine - Sergiy Nazarenko (strong Ashley Cole deflected header 29 28:52).
Results 2005-2010 Ukraine - Vasyl Kobin (45+2), Yevhen Khacheridi (68), Anatoliy Tymoshuk (69), Ruslan Rotan (79), Andriy Pyatov (90). Match Summary
Ukraine Squad
England Squad
Red Card: England - Rob Green (14 13:17)

Ukraine kicked-off. 96 minutes (47 & 49).


Match Summary

Officials from Slovenia




Referee (red) - Damir Skomina
33, (5 August 1976), Koper, FIFA-listed 2003.
(first match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0: A 1)

Assistant Referees - Primoz Arhar, 41 (19 May 1968), Vrhnika and Marko Stančin, 41 (5 April 1968), Ljubljana.

Fourth official - Darko Ceferin, 41, (11 July 1968), FIFA-listed 2000.

This is the second time England has been only available to watch via pay-per-view.  The first time was against Finland in October 2000.

8 Goal Attempts 8
3 Attempts on Target 1
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 4
3 Offside Calls Against 0
13 Fouls Conceded 11
57.6% Possession 42.4%

Ukraine Team



FIFA (2nd Sept 2009) 25th
EFO ranking Group 4

ELO rating 26th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow crew neck jerseys with blue collar/Adidas sleeve trim/left sleeve and side panel/right trim, yellow shorts with blue Adidas side trim, yelloow socks with blue Adidas trim.
Capt: Andriy Shevchenko, until 92nd minute. Manager: Oleksiy MikhaIlićhenko, Олександрович Михайличенко, 46 (30 March 1963), appointed 11 January 2008.
18th match, W 11 - D 4 - L 3 - F 25 - A 15.
Ukraine Lineup
12 Pyatov, Andriy V. 25 28 June 1984 G FC Shakhtar Donetsk 14 0
Pyatov cautioned in the final minute for time-wasting.
2 Rotan, Ruslan P. 27 29 October 1981 RM FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 39 6
Rotan cautioned in the 79th min. for ungentlemanly conduct for diving.
3 Kucher, Oleksandr 26 22 October 1982 CD FC Shakhtar Donetsk 16 1
4 Tymoschuk, Anatoliy O. 30 30 March 1979 CM FC Bayern München, Germany 90 1
Tymoschuk cautioned in the 69th min. for unsporting behaviour for failing to retreat at an England free-kick.
5 Rakytskiy, Yaroslav V. 20 3 August 1989 CD FC Shakhtar Donetsk  1 0
16 Kobin, Vasyl 24 24 May 1985 LB FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2 0
Kobin cautioned in the first half injury time for unsporting behaviour for a foul on Steven Gerrard.
7 Shevchenko, Andriy M., missed penalty (16), off 92nd min. 33 29 September 1976 F FC Dynamo Kyiv 91 42
8 Hai, Oleksiy A. 26 6 November 1982 CM FC Shakhtar Donetsk 20 1
14 Khacheridi, Yevhen O. 22 28 July 1987 RB FC Dynamo Kyiv  1 0
Khaceridi cautioned in the 67th min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul on Lampard.
18 Nazarenko, Serhiy Y., off 67th min. 29 16 February 1980 LM FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 40 11
15 Milevskiy, Artem V. 24 12 January 1985 F FC Dynamo Kyiv 24 4
Ukraine Substitutes
scoreline: Ukraine 1 England 0
6 Yarmolenko, Andriy M., on 67th min. for Nazarenko 19 23 October 1989 M FC Dynamo Kyiv 3 1
9 Husev, Oleh A., on 90th+2 min. for Shevchenko 26 6 November 1982 M FC Dynamo Kyiv 51 6
result: Ukraine 1 England 0

unused substitutes:

1-Oleksandr Shovk, 10-Andriy Voronin, 11-Yevgen Seleznov, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchenko, 17-Tara Mikhalik.

Coach Oleksiy MikhaIlićhenko played for USSR against England during Euro 1988 Finals, scoring one of the goals in the 3-1 win. He also featured in the England Challenge Cup match in May 1991. As a CIS player, he played against England in the April 1992 friendly.
4-4-2 Pyatov -
Khacheridi, Kucher, Rakytskiy, Kobin -
Rotan, Tymoschuk, Hai, Nazarenko (Yarmelenko) -
Shevchenko (Husev), Milevskiy.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.0 Appearances/Goals 30.7 6.0


England Team



FIFA (2nd Sept 2009) 7th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2009 home shirt - Plain white collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, plain white socks.
Capt:  John Terry, 27th captaincy Manager: Fabio Capello, 63 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
19th match, W 14 - D 2 - L 3 - F 50 - A 16.
England Lineup
1 Green, Robert P. 29 18 January 1980 G West Ham United FC 8 6ᵍᵃ
Green was dismissed in the 14th minute for a professional foul after diving down at the feet of Artem Milevskiy, but failed to get the ball, instead, the Ukrainian went over Green's arms.  Green was shown the red card despite an ensuing Ferdinand, who was initially shown the red card.
2 Johnson, Glen M. 25 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 19 0
3 Cole, Ashley 28 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 77 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 29 30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 77 16
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 29 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 75 2
6 Terry, John G. 28 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 57 6
7 Lennon, Aaron J., off 12th min. 22 16 April 1987 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 31 20 June 1978 CM/LM Chelsea FC 75 19
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 72nd min. 31 11 January 1978 F/CF Aston Villa FC 57 7
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 23 24 October 1985 F/AM
Manchester United FC 56 24
11 Carrick, Michael 28 28 July 1981 CM/RM Manchester United FC 20 0
England Substitutes
12 James, David B., on 12th min. for Lennon 39
70 days
1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 49 41ᵍᵃ
scoreline: Ukraine 1 England 0
16 Milner, James P., on 46th min. for Gerrard 23 4 January 1986 LF Aston Villa FC 4 0
17 Cole, Carlton M.G, on 72nd min. for Heskey 25 12 November 1983 F West Ham United FC 5 0
result: Ukraine 1 England 0

unused substitutes:

13-Wayne Bridge, 14-Matthew Upson, 15-Gareth Barry, 18-Gabby Agbonlahor.

team notes: Rob Green becomes the twelfth player to be sent off for England and the first goalkeeper to do so.
David James becomes the fourth oldest England player, behind Stan Matthews, Alec Morten and Peter Shilton.
Coach Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976.
1st     4-4-2 Green -
Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand,
A.Cole -
(James), Lampard, Carrick, Gerrard -
Rooney, Heskey.
Rooney dropped into midfield after Green's dismissal.
2nd  4-2-3 James -
Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand,
A.Cole -
Carrick, Lampard -
Rooney, Heskey
(C.Cole), Milner.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 48.6 7.0



Match Report by Mike Payne

In a cauldron of hostility England finally lost their 100% record in the World Cup Group matches, to a Ukraine side desperate for a win to enhance their chances of a play-off place.  Everything that could go wrong for England, did go wrong and they were beaten by a single deflected goal by Sergi Nazarenko in the 29th minute.

England had started brightly with the pace of Aaron Lennon soon testing the Ukraine defenders.  But within a few minutes of the start there was pandemonium as the fans behind Robert Green's goal began to throw flares onto the pitch.  The referee had to stop the game to allow the stewards and police to clear them, but it was not good to see and visibly ruffled a few of the England players, not least Green who was the one mostly in the firing line.  It was to happen again later and FIFA will surely investigate the breaches in security.

The game continued and Emile Heskey headed one chance wide from Steven Gerrard's corner and Lennon continued to look lively.  But England's night began to go rapidly downhill after 14 minutes of the game.  Not for the first time this season Rio Ferdinand made a bad error of judgement when he completely misjudged a long hopeful ball forward.  It allowed Artem Milevskiy the chance to get in behind the Manchester United defender and bear down on goal.  It must also be said that there was very little cover from the rest of the defenders as Milevskiy raced into the penalty box.  A second error of judgement, this time by goalkeeper Green then compounded the problem as his dive brought the forward down for a clear penalty.  The referee then also joined in with an error of his own, at first showing a red card to Ferdinand but then, on the advice of a linesman, changing the direction to aim it at Green.  This meant David James had to come on and Fabio Capello decided to sacrifice the unlucky Lennon by bringing him off.  James's first task was to face Andriy Shevchenko's penalty.  To round off what had been a crazy few minutes Shevchenko sent James the wrong way but put the spot-kick wide!

It was a real let-off for England but Ukraine sensed the nervousness in the visitor's defence and on 29 minutes they finally, and deservedly broke through.  Another mistake, this time by Ashley Cole, let in Ukraine's Milevskiy again.  Glen Johnson made a good tackle but the ball ran loose for Nazarenko to hit a fierce shot at goal.  The ball seemed to be heading straight into James's midriff, that is until Cole decided to dive full length and head the ball into the top corner.  The evening was getting worse by the minute.

Twice more before half-time Ukraine should have added to their score, especially when the impressive Milevskiy hit a thumping shot that crashed against the post with James groping.  It had been a poor first half for England and Capello had some work to do at the break.

To their credit England came out with a much more positive attitude after the break and played much better.  James Milner had replaced the injured Gerrard when the teams reappeared and in this half Wayne Rooney came into his own with a fine display of forward play.  The midfield also upped their game and Frank Lampard twice came close to breaking through.  Johnson made some brilliant attacking runs down the right and he sent in a series of dangerous crosses.  However, the final ball was never quite right and England failed to score for the first time since the game in Spain back in February.  The nearest they came was when Rooney's exquisite pass gave Lampard a chance, but his shot on the turn flew just wide of the far post.  Right at the death Lampard fired in a free-kick that was desperately defended and substitute Carlton Cole should have done better with a late free header.

Even in this half though England's defensive frailties were exposed and James had to make two excellent saves to keep it to 1-0.  One of them, from a long range shot by Yaroslav Rakitskiy was absolutely stunning as his big right hand clawed the ball around the post.

So, it was a disappointing night for England, and probably for Croatia too, as it now looks as though Ukraine will pip them to a play-off place.  But it must be remembered that England are safely through to South Africa and no matter how much Capello would say that England were well prepared for the game, human nature dictates that maybe not every player gave there all.  We now move on to Wembley again and the visit of Belarus for our final group game.  It will quickly give England the chance to put this defeat behind them.

Source Notes

FFU.org.ua (Ukrainian FA website)
Official Fifa Match Report
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor