Ukraine 0-0 England

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Updated: September 10, 2013

England stay top of their group with their fate in their own hands going into their last two games of the World Cup qualifying campaign. Near the beginning the match seemed to have the potential to be a great match but as the game dragged on, frustrating moments from both teams made sure that it was quite a dull encounter.

Ukraine came out of the blocks very early on and looked ready for the challenge against England by getting an early penalty claim within the first minute when Hart jumped out at Zozulya but a dramatic fall may have convinced the ref that there probably wasn’t any contact.

Walcott showed what danger he can bring by getting in on goal on the outside of Shevchuk from a lifted through-ball, his shot was saved with a bit of luck.

Both teams tried getting a goal early on by playing aggressively, England were trying to control the game outside of Ukraine’s box but unable to break them down and Ukraine were playing counter-attacking football and exploiting England’s full-backs. Although near the end of the first-half England seemed happy to let Ukraine keep the ball as they weren’t causing any problems.

Ukraine started the second-half like they started the first by putting England under pressure early on and were making them concede many corners.

Ukraine came close to scoring in the 58th minute when England’s defence fell asleep and let the Ukrainians roam around freely and easily only for Gerrard to clear it awkwardly right in front of his goal.

Ukraine scared England again in the 70th minute when Zozulya was fouled by Kyle Walker just on the edge of the box while running through on goal, the clumsy tackle was followed by a yellow card.

One of the best chances of the game fell to Ukrainian left-back, Fedenskiy, found himself alone 8 yards out from goal and only managed to produce a tame header into the ground then into Hart’s hands.

Ukraine were the better of the teams and seemed most likely to score as they managed to exploit England easily and were reasonably solid in defence.

Lampard had a great chance near the end when he ran in onto a tame throw-in and just put it wide of the goal.

Heroes 

A lacklustre match in which Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill were the only top players for England not even having played that well. Cahill and Jagielka had a reasonably solid performance considering their full-backs almost let them down on many occasions and many interceptions from crosses kept Ukraine out. Both Ukrainian centre-backs, Hacherydy and Kucher, had impressive performances by staying tight with Lambert mainly then with Milner and Walcott when needed and not letting them have any time to threaten them.

Villains  

Two players that I found disappointing were Milner and Walker. Milner’s typical attribute being an “engine” weren’t on his side as it would have taken a more technical player to break down Ukraine’s defence and he just wasn’t able to produce anything. Walker was out of his depth and his defensive weaknesses showed tonight as Ukraine exploited behind England’s full-backs.

Stats 

Possession :

Ukraine 53% – 47% England

Shots (On target) :

Ukraine 4 (3) – 7 (4) England

Corners :

Ukraine 9 – 7 England

Fouls :

Ukraine 12 – 11 England

 

Ukraine 

12 Pyatov

03 Khacheridi

05 Kucher

13 Shevchuk

17 Fedetskiy

06 Stepanenko

07 Yarmolenko (Khomchenovskiy – 90′ )

09 Gusev (Bezus – 68′ )

10 Konoplienka

21 Edmar

08 Zozulya (Seleznyov – 90′ )

Bookings : Kucher

England

01 Hart

02 Walker

03 Cole

05 Cahill

06 Jagielka

04 Gerrard

07 Walcott (Cleverley – 87′ )

08 Lampard

10 Wilshere (Young – 67′ )

11 Milner

09 Lambert

Bookings : Walker

 

Ukraine vs England match report written by Seb True

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