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Sep 8, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
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Mak (17')

Result: Ukraine shocked by Slovakia

A Robert Mak goal in the first half sees Ukraine lose 1-0 at home to Slovakia in this evening's Euro 2016 Group C qualifier at the NSK Olympic Stadium.

Ukraine have begun their Euro 2016 qualification with a 1-0 defeat against Slovakia in this evening's Group C clash at the NSK Olympic Stadium.

The home side were quickest out of the starting blocks, charging forward as early as the second minute, but Kirill Kovalchuk's effort flew just wide of the Slovakian post.

The deadlock, however, was broken by Jan Kozak's side in the 18th minute, when Robert Mak drifted in off his flank and was put clean through on goal.

The PAOK man was able time to steady himself, take a touch, get his head up and pass the ball into the near post to give the visitors the lead.

Ukraine finished the half strongly, as Taras Stepanenko's header was frantically cleared in the Slovakia box just before half time, while Roman Zozulya also saw his effort blocked a minute later.

The start of the second half saw more of the same from the home side, as Edmar struck the post before seeing his rebound stopped immediately after.

A frantic spell also saw Viacheslav Shevchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko try their luck, but the visitors emerged unscathed.

Ukraine kept up the pressure thereafter, dominating possession and firing on goal time and time again, although Slovakia caused trouble in the 67th minute when Miroslav Stoch played a ball to Filip Kiss, whose subsequent shot flew wide.

For all their efforts, however, the home side was toothless in front of goal and, unable to breach the opposition's clean sheet, saw their qualifying campaign begin with a defeat.

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Robert Mak of Slovakia celebrates scoring a goal for Ukraine during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier football match Ukraine vs Slovakia in Kiev, on September 8, 2014
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