Russia v Ukraine (UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying)

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Russia v Ukraine (1999)
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The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow hosted the match
Event UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
Group 4
Matchday 10
Date 9 October 1999 (1999-10-09)
Venue Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Referee David Elleray (England)
Attendance 80,000

On 9 October 1999, a football match took place between Russia and Ukraine 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]



Russia  1–1  Ukraine
Karpin Goal 75' Report Shevchenko Goal 88'
Attendance: 80,000
GK 1 Aleksandr Filimonov
SW 7 Viktor Onopko (c)
CB 6 Yuri Alekseevich Drozdov
CB 4 Alexey Smertin
CB 2 Dmitri Khlestov Yellow card 49'
DM 9 Yegor Titov
CM 3 Dmitri Khokhlov
CM 5 Dmitri Alenichev
RW 8 Valeri Karpin
LW 11 Andrey Tikhonov Substituted off 62'
CF 10 Aleksandr Panov Substituted off 80'
FW 17 Vladimir Beschastnykh Substituted in 62'
MF 18 Sergei Semak Substituted in 80'
Oleg Romantsev
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GK 1 Oleksandr Shovkovskiy
SW 5 Vladyslav Vashchuk
RB 2 Oleh Luzhny (c)
CB 3 Serhiy Mizin
CB 4 Oleksandr Holovko
LB 6 Yuriy Dmytrulin Substituted off 76'
CM 7 Yuriy Maksymov Substituted off 77'
CM 8 Andriy Husin
RW 10 Andriy Shevchenko
CF 9 Serhiy Skachenko Substituted off 41'
LW 11 Serhiy Rebrov
DF 18 Volodymyr Mykytyn Substituted in 41'
FW 15 Serhiy Kovalyov Substituted in 76'
FW 14 Hennadiy Moroz Substituted in 77'
Yozhef Sabo

Assistant referees:
David Bryan (England)
David Babski (England)
Fourth official:
Mike Riley (England)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  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.