Andriy Yarmolenko Stands out as Ukraine Seize Control Over Slovenia in EURO Playoff

Andriy Yarmolenko Stands out as Ukraine Seize Control Over Slovenia in EURO Playoff

Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Seleznyov were both on the right track as Ukraine edged nearer to Euro 2016 having a 2- win within their qualifying play-off first leg with Slovenia.

Yarmolenko notched his fifth objective of the campaign after 23 minutes to own hosts a deserved lead in the break, before Seleznyov added another from close range following the restart.

Ukraine controlled large areas of the clash in Lviv and may have won with a greater margin had Samir Handanovic not experienced fine form for that visitors, while Seleznyov almost managed to get three as he struck the publish twenty minutes from time.

Inter goalie Handanovic refused Serhiy Rybalka within the opening forty-five minutes, and it was on hands again within the other half to push Denys Garmash’s header away.

Slovenia battled to produce many chances so when they did their finishing didn’t have quality, Josip Ilicic responsible for wasting their finest opening within the first half.

Victory gives Ukraine a cushion heading in to the second leg on Tuesday, Slovenia requiring a substantial turnaround if they’re to really make it to France the coming year.

After an impeccably observed duration of silence following a terror attacks in Paris on Friday, it had been the hosts who began the better.

Roared on through the vociferous home support, Vyacheslav Shevchuk was handed room to mix in the left after two minutes, however the stretching Seleznyov was not able to transform behind publish.

Chances were few in number until halfway with the first half when Slovenia two times unsuccessful to cope with deliveries in the left.

An undesirable punch from Handanovic arrived in the ft of Yarmolenko, who dropped a shoulder to evade three defenders before firing the ball in to the bottom-left corner.

Ilicic must have introduced Slovenia level four minutes later carrying out a superbly weighted knock lower from Milivoje Novakovic, but he blazed over from an unmarked position.

Getting received a let-off, Ukraine pressed for any second prior to the break and two times threatened through Rybalka, the midfielder seeing one lengthy-range effort saved by Handanovic before another was deflected narrowly wide.

Ukraine’s second did come at the start of the 2nd half, though, as Yarmolenko coupled with Artem Fedetskiy on the authority to enable Seleznyov to attain.

Fedetskiy folded a minimal pass over the Slovenia six-yard box for that striker to pounce, Seleznyov sliding in behind publish to double their advantage.

There is little Handanovic could do concerning the second goal, but he ensured they didn’t fall further behind right before the hour having a reflex save to deny a diving header from Garmash.

Seleznyov could beat the Slovenia keeper again prior to the final whistle, but his low effort thudded from the publish as Ukraine were left to stay for any two-goal advantage in front of Tuesday’s return leg.

 

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