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UEFA U21 Championship
June 19, 2011
• MCH Arena, Herning
Referee: M. Strahonja
• Attendance: 3302
Mata 10', 72'
Shots on Target
All over here: Ukraine 0-3 Spain Thanks for joining us; it's been a pleasure. Spain stroll to the semi-finals and they will be joined by Czech Republic, who came from a goal down to beat England and cause a big upset. The Czechs will play Switzerland in the last four, while Spain face Belarus. Great display from La Rojita. Stay tuned for the full match report and ratings on Goal.com. Buenas noches.
Kanibolotskiy, the Ukraine keeper, brilliantly parries a stinging drive from Muniain from outside the box, but he's then lucky not to concede a penalty as he brings down Bojan in the box.
Mata tries to chip a neat ball through to Bojan but the Barca man is crowded out in the area. In the other match, by the way, the Czechs have levelled and look set to go through at England's expense.
Great ball by Bojan to Ander but the Basque midfielder delayed and lost the shooting opportunity. There may have been a foul there, though.
Bojan advances into the area but loses the ball and has a kick at Selin in frustration. The Barca striker is short on confidence and it shows.
Thiago, Mata and Muniain combining neatly there, but it comes to nothing as the latter gives the ball away.
Bojan instantly involved and sets up Thiago, who advances into the Ukraine area and fires a fierce shot just over the bar from 15 yards.
Bojan gets 10 minutes of action as he comes on for Adrian.
England ahead in the other match, through Danny Welbeck.
Looking at the replay, however, it was a weak shot from the Ukraine forward. He should have made De Gea work harder. Still a great save though.
De Gea, who committed the original foul, produced a brilliant save low to his right to deny Konoplyanka. That's why Manchester United want to sign him. Very, very impressive from the 20 year-old.
Yellow Card David de Gea
Yellow Card Yevhen Konoplyanka
Now Ukraine have a penalty.
Penalty Goal Juan Mata
Yellow/Red Denys Garmash
Mata scores from the spot after he was brought down clearly by Garmash, who is shown the red card. The Valencia man fires a low shot into the bottom-right of the net. Spain now three up and a man up as well. It's all over for Ukraine and La Rojita will advance as Group B winners.
Konoplyanka curls a free-kick into the Spain area but De Gea claims easily.
Yellow Card Montoya
Chesnakov smacks a fierce drive from outside the box. And he hits it sweetly too. The only problem: it's about 20 yards high and wide.
Thiago plays a searching ball for Montoya on the right after a neat spell of passing from Spain, but it's too long and Ukarine win a goal-kick.
Yellow Card Denys Garmash
Mata and Montoya combine excellently on the right and the ball falls to Ander in the area, but his shot is blocked by the Ukraine defence.
Great charge forward by Montoya to win a corner, which ultimately comes to nothing for Spain.
Half an hour left and Ukraine need goals. In the other match, England need at least one to overcome Czech Republic, who would advance with a draw. It's goalless in that one at the moment.
Adrian sidesteps two tackles on the right flank but the ball goes out of play. Nevertheless, some good skills from the striker.
Some good passing from Ukraine, but it's not really getting them anywhere as Spain press and press.
Zozulya heads well wide from a left-wing cross. Ukraine will have to do better than that. The striker looks at the ground in despair.
Bojan watches on from the bench. The Roma-bound striker hardly gets a game at Barca and can't get one here either. Will things change for him in the Eternal City?
Decent effort from Yarmolenko from outside the area, but it's easy for De Gea, who catches the ball routinely at chest-height.
Normal service now resumed - Spain are dominating. La Rojita are passing the ball around neatly in triangles and Ukraine are chasing shadows.
Muniain, looking lively again, attempts a deep cross from the left but Ukraine clear.
Garmash cross from the right flank evades everyone, but Ukraine are having a go. They have to.
Ukraine curl a free-kick into the Spain area, but it's comfortably headed clear.
Back underway in Denmark.
As things stand, Spain will win Group B and La Rojita will face Belarus in the last four. If things remain the same, Czech Republic will meet Group A winners Switzerland in the other semi-final.
Clear dominance from Spain in the first period. They really are a class above any of the sides they have played so far in this competition. And they really should go on and win it, even though Switzerland have looked good as well.
Yellow Card Andriy Yarmolenko
In this match, we're in added time and Ukraine attack down the left flank but Spain push them back and now they're playing the ball around in defence.
Still 0-0 between England and Czech Republic in the other match. That result would see England go out, albeit unbeaten, like New Zealand in the World Cup - with three draws. The difference being that New Zealand weren't one of the tournament favourites.
Butko's curling cross from the right bounces across the six-yard box and evades everyone. Better from Ukraine, who have already made a change. A goal before half-time would be useful, too...
Great low ball from the left by Didac almost finds Adrian for an easy third, but the Deportivo striker cannot reach his team-mate's centre and Ukarine live to fight another day - for now.
Rare Ukraine effort from Konoplyanka, but his dipping effort is easily saved at chest-height by De Gea.
Both of Spain's goals scored by Asturians. Incidentally, Spain's all-time top goalscorer, David Villa, is also from the northerm province.
Thiago almost put through Mata with a neat flick. Spain are swarming around the ukraine area like flies now.
Ukraine corner hit too hard and comes to nothing. Ominous signs for the men in yellow.
Ukraine have more of the ball now, but the Eastern Europeans now need to score three goals and not concede any to advance.
The Barcelona connection works a treat for Spain as Thiago plays a brilliant defence-splitting pass through to Montoya and the full-back slides a lovely ball across the area for Adrian to bundle home from point-blank range to bag his third of the competition and double Spain's lead. Impressive.
Fierce long-range drive from Javi Martinez but always going over. Spain are on top though.
The other match, between England and Czech Republic, is still goalless. If is stays like that, the Czechs will accompany Spain to the last four.
Dangerous cross from the right from Adrian, but Kanibolotskiy gathers comfortably at his near post.
Adrian through on goal, but the Deportivo striker is offside and clips his effort wide in any case.
Ukraine trying to make progress on the counter-attack, but they're not troubling Spain and as things stand, they are out of the tournament.
Spain passing the ball around neatly since the goal and look composed, winning possession back comfortably when they lose it.
Goal Juan Mata
That has now changed as Mata takes advantage of a terrible mistake in the Ukraine defence to make it 1-0. The Ukraine defender slipped to leave Mata all alone to pick up Thiago's low through-ball and the Valencia man slid a low shot under Kanibolotskiy, who got a touch.
Spain have the ball as Ukraine defend deeply, but La Rojita have been unable to create too much danger so far.
Didac made a great run down the left and advanced into the area, almost surprising the Ukraine keeper Maicon-style with a low angled shot which hit the side netting. Audacious but impossible from there.
The match is underway and Spain have the ball early on - as they usually do.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live match commentary for Ukraine versus Spain in the European Under-21 Championships. Keep it here for all the action from the Group B clash as both teams fight for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
And here's the Ukraine line-up: Kanibolotskiy, Butko, Rakitskiy, Krystov, Selin; Biliy, Chesnakov, Garmash, Konopylanka, Yarmolenko and Zozulya.
The teams have already been announced. Here's the Spain line-up: De Gea; Montoya, Botía, Domínguez, Dídac Vilà; Javi Martínez, Ander, Thiago; Mata, Muniain y Adrián. Spain are unchanged after the impressive 2-0 win over the Czechs on Wednesday.
Spain are all but through to the last four but need a win to guarantee top spot in Group B, while only a victory will be good enough for Ukraine, who have picked up just one point from their first two matches.
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