Ukraine beats Austria 2-1 in friendly

BY foxsports • November 15, 2011

Ukraine substitute Marko Devic scored an injury-time winner to give the European Championship co-hosts a 2-1 friendly victory over Austria in the first match at Lviv Arena on Tuesday.

Devic slotted the ball home from Oleh Husev's cross after being left unmarked in the area.

Artem Milevskiy opened the scoring in the 18th minute following Oleksandr Aliyev's cross, a reward for Ukraine's attacking play in snowy conditions at the 35,000-seat stadium that will host three group games at Euro 2012.

The hosts mostly limited Austria to long-range efforts, but Ukraine's Oleksandr Kucher turned Christian Fuchs' cross into his own net in the 71st minute under pressure from Marko Arnautovic.

Ukraine was reduced to 10 men when Kucher was sent off in the 82nd after a scuffle involving several players ended with him pushing Arnautovic.

Austria, which hasn't qualified for next year's tournament, started more energetically, but it was Ukraine that opened the scoring. Yevhen Konoplianka laid the ball off to Aliyev who fired the ball into the penalty area for Milevskiy to deflect into the net.

Austria's main chances came through shots from distance, but David Alaba fired wide in the 30th minute and Mark Janko's free kick in first-half injury time was comfortably saved by Andriy Dykan.

Ukraine looked the most threatening team in the second half. Yevhen Konoplianka on the left wing and Andriy Yarmolenko on the right were easily beating their opposite men with their speed and quick feet.

But Ukraine had the final say as two substitutes combined when Husev picked out Devic, who passed the ball into the net.

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Lineups:

Ukraine: Andriy Dykan, Artem Fedetskiy, Oleksandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Yevhen Selin, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, (Bohdan Butko, 46), Ruslan Rotan (Denys Harmash, 46), Oleksandr Aliyev (Marko Devic, 74), Yevhen Konoplianka (Serhiy Nazarenko, 86), Andriy Yarmolenko (Oleh Husev, 64), Artem Milevskiy (Andriy Shevchenko, 56).

Austria: Robert Almar, Franz Schiemer, Emanuel Pogatetz, Sebastian Proedl, Christian Fuchs, Julian Baumgartlinger, Andreas Ivanschitz, David Alaba, Martin Harnik (Veli Kavlak, 60), Marko Arnautovic, Mark Janko.


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