U21: Ukraine find form to sink Switzerland

U21: Ukraine find form to sink Switzerland
Sat Nov 18

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Group 5

Switzerland U21 1–2 Ukraine U21
[Bertone 86' - Kalytvyntsev 8', Babenko 15']

Latvia: Mvogo, Widmer, Martignoni, Ajeti, Decarli, Buff, Jevtic (Tabakovic 83'), Freuler, Ben Khalifa, Frey, Brahimi (Bertone 68')

Ukraine: Denchuk, Kostevych, Ordets, Ryzhuk, Kalytvyntsev (Bolbat 86'), Babenko, Budkivsky, Nasonov, Buialsky (Malinovsky 74'), Memeshev (Karavaiev 54'), Malyshev

Early goals helped Ukraine earn the points against Switzerland, preventing Pierluigi Tami's side from joining Croatia at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5.

A win would have taken the Swiss to 12 points alongside Croatia, but Vladyslav Kalytvyntsev and Ruslan Babenko struck inside the first 15 minutes to grab the initiative for Serhiy Kovalets' men. Leonardo Bertone got a late consolation for the hosts but it came too late to prevent Ukraine pulling to within three points of Switzerland with a game in hand.

The home side were made to pay for missing three presentable chances in the first six minutes as Ukraine found the net with their first opening. Babenko crossed for Kalytvyntsev who smashed past Yvon Mvogo. On the quarter hour Babenko doubled the advantage with a remarkable strike from near halfway. With Mvogo off his line the No10 lobbed the ball over the stranded custodian and into the empty net.

Ukraine continued to run the show, but the Swiss fought back strongly after the restart. A disciplined visiting defensive performance kept the hosts at bay until the 86th minute, when substitute Bertone collected a clearance and crashed a powerful shot into the left corner of the Ukraine goal from 30 metres. But the visitors would not be denied.

Current standings
  Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
1  Croatia 5 4 0 1 13 2 11 12
2  Switzerland 5 3 0 2 11 4 7 9
3  Ukraine 3 2 0 1 7 4 3 6
4  Latvia 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 6
5  Liechtenstein 5 0 0 5 0 21 -21 0

Previous games

11 June 2013
Latvia 4-0 Liechtenstein

13 August 2013
Liechtenstein 0-5 Croatia

5 September 2013
Lativa 0-2 Switzerland

9 September 2013
Liechtenstein 0-6 Switzerland
Ukraine 0-2 Croatia

10 October 2013
Croatia 4-0 Liechtenstein

14 October 2013
Switzerland 0-2 Croatia
Latvia 1-5 Ukraine

14 November 2013
Croatia 0-2 Switzerland

15 November 2013
Liechtenstein 0-2 Latvia

Rate: 0.0278
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