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Tuesday, 10 September 2013
World Cup 2014 UEFA Group H qualification match

 Ukraine 0 England 0 [0-0]
 

Natsional'nyî Sportyvnyĭ Kompleks, Pechersk, Kyiv
Attendance: 69,890;
Kick-off: 9.45 pm EEST, 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

  Match Summary
Ukraine Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Ukraine - Olexandr Kucher (61 60:59)
England - Kyle Walker (70 69:53)

England kicked-off. 94½ minutes (46:00 & 48:29).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Portugal

Ukraine

Type

England

Referee (sky blue) - Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia
42 (3 November 1970), Lisboa, FIFA listed 2003.

Assistant Referees - Bertino da Cunha Miranda, 41 (18 May 1972) & José Tiago Garcias Bolinhas Trigo, 41 (2 July 1972)

Fourth official - Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes, 40 (16 January 1973), Lisboa.

4 Goal Attempts 5
1 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 7
1 Offside Calls Against 1
16 Fouls Conceded 14
53.4% Possession 46.6%

Ukraine Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (8th August 2013) 28th
ELO rating 23rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow shirts with blue collar/adidas trim, yellow chest band with blue trim, yellow shorts with blue adidas trim, yellow socks with blue adidas trim.
Capt: Oleksandr Kucher Coach: Mykhailo Ivanovych Fomenko Михайло Іванович Фоменко, 64 (19 September 1948), appointed 26 December 2012.
8th match, W 6 - D 2 - L 0 - F 22 - A 2.
Ukraine Lineup
12 Pyatov, Andriy V. 29 28 June 1984 G FC Shakhtar Donetsk 42 0
17 Fedetskiy, Artem A. 28 26 April 1985 RB FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 25 2
3 Khacheridi, Yevhen H. 26 28 July 1987 CD FC Dynamo Kyiv 24 3
13 Shevchuk, Vyacheslav A. 33 13 May 1979 LB FC Shakhtar Donetsk 30 0
5 Kucher, Oleksandr M. 30 22 October 1982 CD FC Shakhtar Donetsk 35 2
Kucher is cautioned in the 62nd min. for a foul after he slices down Theo Walcott's achilles as he is in full flight. Suspended.
6 Stepanenko, Taras M. 24 8 August 1989 M FC Shakhtar Donetsk 11 0
7 Yarmolenko, Andriy M., off 93rd min. 23 23 October 1989 M FC Dynamo Kyiv 34 11
8 Zozulya, Roman V., off 90th min. 23 17 November 1989 CF FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 11 2
9 Husev, Oleh A., off 68th min. 30 25 April 1983 M FC Dynamo Kyiv 86 13
10 Konoplyanka, Yevhen O. 23 22 September 1989 M FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 31 8
21 Edmar 33 16 June 1980 M FC Metallist Kharkiv 6 1
Ukraine Substitutes
15 Bezus, Roman A., on 68th min. (67:25) for Husev. 22 26 September 1990 M FC Dynamo Kyiv 9 2
11 Seleznyov, Yevhen O., on 90th min. (89:32) for Zozulya 28 20 July 1985 F FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 39 7
14 Khomchenovskyi, Dmytro H., on 90+2 min (92:20) for Yarmolenko 23 16 April 1990 M FC Zorya Luhansk 3 0

unused substitutes:

1-Maxym Koval, 2-Denys Dedechko, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk, 16-Vitaliy Mandzyuk, 18-Dmitry Hrechyshkin, 19-Mykolo Morozyuk, 20-Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 22-Marko Devic, 23-Rustam Khudzamov.
   
4-2-3-1 Pyatov -
Fedetskiy, Khaceridi, Kucher, Shevchuk -
Edmar, Stepanenko -
Yarmolenko
(Khomchenovskyi), Konplyanka, Husev (Bezus) -
Zozulya
(Seleznyov)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 30.4 3.8

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (8th August 2013) 14th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2013 away uniform - Red collared shirts, white shorts, red socks with thin white tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 30th captaincy. Coach: Roy Hodgson, 66, appointed 1 May 2012,
20th match, W 11 - D 8 - L 1 - F 44 - A 17.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 26 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 35 27 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 23 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 0
Walker is cautioned in the 70th minute for a foul, he clumsily brings down Roman Zozulya right on the edge of the penalty box, a free-kick is given.
3 Cole, Ashley 32 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 105 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 33 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 105 20
5 Cahill, Gary J. 27 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 18 2
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 21 1
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 88th min. 24 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 36 5
8 Lampard, Frank J. 35 20 June 1978 M Chelsea 100 29
9 Lambert, Rickie L. 31 16 February 1982 F Southampton FC 3 2
10 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 68th min 21 1 January 1992 M Arsenal FC 10 0
11 Milner, James P. 27 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 41 1
England Substitutes
20 Young, Ashley S., on 68th min. (67:02) for Wilshere 28 9 July 1985 F Manchester United FC 30 7
17 Cleverley, Thomas W. on 88th min (87:11) for Walcott 24 12 August 1989 M Manchester United FC 11 0

unused substitutes:

12-Chris Smalling, 13-John Ruddy, 14-Leighton Baines, 15-Steven Caulker, 16-Michael Carrick, 18-Ross Barkley, 19-Jermain Defoe, 21-Raheem Sterling, 22-Andros Townsend, 23-Fraser Forster.
   
4-3-3 Hart -
Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole
-
Lampard, Gerrard, Wilshere
(Young) -
Walcott
(Cleverley), Lambert, Milner.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.2 Appearances/Goals 43.8 5.5

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

This match was always going to be the pivotal moment in deciding England's World Cup group, and before their trip to the Ukraine, the consensus of opinion seemed to be that a draw would be an excellent result for the 'Three Lions' team.  And that is exactly how it panned out, although some of the subsequent post-match criticism was totally over the top, as usual. 

Ukraine made their traditional bright start to a game, but the England defence stood firm and kept the home forwards at arm's length.  There was an early scare when the ball came in to the near post and Joe Hart dived at the feet of the onrushing Roman Zozulya.  For a split second the England players had their hearts in their mouths, but thankfully the excellent Portuguese referee awarded a corner rather than the penalty the home fans were screaming for.  Then, almost immediately at the other end, Theo Walcott latched on to a through pass from Rickie Lambert and raced into the penalty area.  This time it was the home goalkeeper, Andriy Pyatov, who spread himself to block the ball and send Walcott sprawling.

Those two early incidents gave the crowd encouragement that this would be an open and attacking game.  But World Cup qualifiers are rarely like that and the match soon settled into a dour defensive battle.  Over the next twenty minutes England defended well with Gary Cahill particularly prominent.  He was well backed up by Phil Jagielka and the ever-reliable Ashley Cole, who did a marvellous job in stifling the threat of danger man Andriy Yarmolenko.  On the other side though, Yevhen Konoplyanka gave Kyle Walker a very difficult night.  Walker is usually no slouch, but Konoplyanka stretched the Tottenham defender almost to breaking point at times.  The Ukrainian was quick, had all the ball skills, and he wasted little time before crossing the ball into the area.  Thankfully when danger did threaten Cahill was across to block, intercept and clear the ball, and the Chelsea man had probably his best game so far in an England shirt. 

Going forward, though England were laboured and lacked ideas.  The enforced absence of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge would seriously weaken any side, and England's attacking options were limited.  It was always going to be a mountain that England had to somehow get over.  To be fair Lambert tried his best and did well in the main, but he was often left isolated and Walcott promised much with his pace but then failed to apply a killer touch when in good positions.  James Milner could not be classed as a forward as he was in the team to bolster the midfield.  If ever a game was there for Jack Wilshere to take by the scruff of the neck, it was this one.  Alas, on the night the Arsenal 'Golden Hope' was found wanting, having a poor game, giving the ball away too easily and being muscled off the ball too often.  This is something that opposing teams are picking up on to stifle Wilshere's obvious talent and it is something he needs to find an answer to in the future.

Elsewhere in England's midfield, Steven Gerrard worked his socks off and he also had one of the few worthwhile goal attempts that England conjured up, the ball just missing, going over the bar with the goalkeeper groping.  Frank Lampard, celebrating joining the exclusive '100 Cap Club', had a quiet match, working hard, but not producing any of those trademark surges into the danger areas. 

To be honest the match was devoid of decent goal attempts all round with Ukraine failing to live up to all the pre-match hype.  They were quite poor in many respects and the unjust criticism of England after the game probably stemmed from the surprise at how poor Ukraine actually were.  Their performance was certainly not what the 'experts' expected. 

At the end of the day England were there to do a job, and they did that quite comfortably.  Right at the death they almost snatched victory as Lampard suddenly dipped his head into a cross from the right and headed just wide of the left hand post.  That would have been a fitting climax on a special night for one of England's best ever goalscoring midfield players. 

Goal chances at either end were at a premium in this match, and neither goalkeeper had to make a save worthy of the name.  For England, Cahill was outstanding, and for Ukraine their best player was Konoplyanka.  Apart from that there was little to enthuse over, apart from a great deal of hard work and endeavour.  However, England won the point they wanted and deserved, and now top the group as we approach the two home games that remain for them.  It is in England's hands now and with players to come back from injury and suspension the future looks very promising.

One word of caution from one who vividly remembers a certain Polish goalkeeper called Tomaszewski, the fact that Poland are our last match visitors is a niggling thought!  But never mind that, let's deal with Montenegro first and then worry about the Poles later.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com

FFU.org.ua

SkySports.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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CG