Russia v Ukraine (UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying)

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Russia vs Ukraine
Event UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying Group 4
Date 9 October 1999
Venue Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Man of the Match Yuri Alekseevich Drozdov
Referee David Elleray (England)
Attendance 80,000

Russia vs Ukraine (1999) was a football match between Russia and Ukraine which took place on 9 October 1999 in Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium. It was the final match for both nations in group 4 in the qualifying tournament for UEFA Euro 2000.


The match ended in a 1-1 score,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] In the 79th minute Valery Karpin finally opened the scoring with a powerful free kick.[3] 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.[3]

Match details[edit]

9 October 1999
Russia  1 – 1  Ukraine
Karpin Goal 75' Report Shevchenko Goal 88'
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: David Elleray (ENG)
GK 1 Aleksandr Filimonov
DF 2 Dmitri Khlestov YC 49'
MF 3 Dmitri Khokhlov
DF 4 Alexey Smertin
MF 5 Dmitri Alenichev
DF 6 Yuri Alekseevich Drozdov
DF 7 Viktor Onopko (c)
MF 8 Valery Karpin
MF 9 Yegor Titov
FW 10 Alexander Panov Substituted off 80'
MF 11 Andrey Tikhonov Substituted off 62'
FW 17 Vladimir Beschastnykh Substituted in 62'
MF 18 Sergei Semak Substituted in 80'
Russia Oleg Romantsev
GK 1 Oleksandr Shovkovskiy
DF 2 Oleh Luzhny
DF 3 Serhiy Mizin
DF 4 Oleksandr Holovko
DF 5 Vladyslav Vashchuk
MF 6 Yuriy Dmytrulin Substituted off 76'
MF 7 Yuriy Maksymov Substituted off 77'
MF 8 Andriy Husin
FW 9 Serhiy Skachenko Substituted off 41'
FW 10 Andriy Shevchenko
FW 11 Serhiy Rebrov
DF 18 Volodymyr Mykytyn Substituted in 41'
FW 15 Serhiy Kovalyov Substituted in 76'
FW 14 Hennadiy Moroz Substituted in 77'
Ukraine Yozhef Sabo


  1. ^ "Russia 1 Ukraine 1". UEFA. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "ИТАЛЬЯНЦЫ МАТЕРИЛИ НАШЕГО ВРАТАРЯ НА ЯЗЫКЕ ДАНТЕ". Sport Express (in Russian). Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Andriy Shevchenko's seven greatest career moments". Retrieved 7 July 2012.