The match ended in a 1-1 score, which combined with other results left Ukraine in second place behind France. Russia fell to third place and were eliminated from qualifying. Ukraine qualified for a two-match play-off, which they lost to Slovenia. In addition to the football ramifications, the match had a wider significance as a match between two neighboring former Soviet countries. The match was attended by many Russian celebrities as well the Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. This match, and the earlier match between the nations in Euro 2000 qualifying, remain the only times Russia and Ukraine have faced each other in official competition.
Entering the match, Russia needed a win to guarantee progression to the Euro 2000, while Ukraine only needed a draw to at least guarantee at least 2nd place and thus a play-off.
Needing a win, Russia was on the attack much of the game looking for a go-ahead goal. In the 79th minute Valery Karpin finally opened the scoring with a powerful free kick. This appeared to provide Russia the result they needed, and Ukraine appeared to be heading out of qualifying. However, in the 87th minute, Andriy Shevchenko took a long free kick sending the ball towards the Russian goal. The shot appeared to be savable; however, Russian goalkeeper Alexandr Filimonov was surprised by the effort and, trying to catch the ball, knocked it into the goal.