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Sergei wins his Spurs!

Posted on 12 October 2000  - 12:00

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Sergei Rebrov won the battle of the Spurs as Ukraine grabbed a vital World Cup qualifying win against team-mates Steffen Iversen and Oyvind Leonhardsen in Norway on Wednesday. <P class=MsoNormal>Elsewhere it was good news all round for our international stars. Stephen Carr was in the Republic of Ireland team that cruised past Estonia while Neil Sullivan was in fine form in goal as Scotland completed a superb draw in Croatia. <P class=MsoNormal>Here are the reports from Sky Sports: <P class=MsoNormal><B>Norway 0 Ukraine 1</B> <P class=MsoNormal>Andriy Shevchenko scored his third goal in five days for Ukraine as he gave his side a surprise victory over Norway at a rain-soaked Olso. <P class=MsoNormal>In the 49th minute, the AC Milan striker controlled Andriy Vorobei&rsquo&#59;s pass and powered his shot low past Norwegian goalkeeper Frode Olsen from close range. <P class=MsoNormal>It was a goal very much against the run of play, after the home side had dominated proceedings. Manchester United pair Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Henning Berg had the best of the chances but both narrowly missed the target. <P class=MsoNormal>The defeat leaves Norway with just two points from three games in their qualifying group and are still without a win. Coach Nils Johan Semb admitted: "I''m terribly disappointed, both for the players and for the crowd. <P class=MsoNormal>"All hope of qualifying for the World Cup has not disappeared but we''re really lagging. We''re struggling. We don''t score and lose even though we create most chances." <P class=MsoNormal><B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 9.0pt">Norway</SPAN></B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 9.0pt">: Olsen, Bergdolmo, Johnsen, Berg, Basma, Iversen, Leonhardsen, Bakke, Mykland, Solskjaer, Strand.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 9.0pt">Ukraine</SPAN></B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 9.0pt">: Shovkovsky, Luzhny, Nesmachny, Holovko, Vashuk, Dmytrulin, Shevchenko, Husyn, Vorobey, Popov, Rebrov.</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"><B>Republic of Ireland 2 Estonia 0</B><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Mark Kinsella''s first international goal set Mick McCarthy''s confident Ireland side on their way to a comfortable victory over Estonia. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">After draws away to Holland and Portugal, the Republic got the win they needed to consolidate their excellent start to their qualifying campaign in fine style. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">McCarthy selected an unchanged side for the third successive match, and familiarity enabled them to play to an effective established pattern. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><IMG align=left src="../title_images/000829_carr_main.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Inspired by the brilliance of Kevin Kilbane on the left flank, they could have scored a hatful of goals, but gaining the points is of much greater significance and McCarthy will be delighted by the manner of their victory against potentially difficult opponents. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The only disappointment for the capacity crowd at Lansdowne Road was Niall Quinn''s failure to get the goal he needed to beat Frank Stapleton''s record of 20 goals for his country. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The Sunderland striker had numerous chances to score his 21st goal at international level, but he was unable to hit the target and uncharacteristically squandered two glorious chances with his head. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The first came in the 41st minute, when Jason McAteer''s right wing cross picked him out on the edge of the six-yard box, only for his unchallenged header to sail harmlessly wide. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Then only moments after Richard Dunne had made the points safe with his 51st minute strike, Quinn headed against the bar from six yards from Kilbane''s delightful cross. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">However, the 34-year-old striker will be satisfied at playing a key role in both Irish goals. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">In the 25th minute, Quinn held up the ball on the edge of the penalty area before allowing Kinsella to take possession and rifle a low shot past Derby keeper Mart Poom. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Quinn''s superb backheel flick from Ian Harte''s 51st minute left wing corner then enabled Dunne to blast the second home from close range. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Rep of Ireland</SPAN></B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">: A. Kelly, Carr, Breen, Dunne, Harte, McAteer (Duff 46), Kinsella, R. Keane, Kilbane (Foley 87), R. Keane (Finnan 87), N. Quinn. <BR>Subs Not Used: Holland, Staunton, Kiely, Delap.<BR>Goals: Kinsella 25, Dunne 50. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Estonia</SPAN></B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">: Poom, Lamslau, Stepanov, Allas, Saviauk, Viikmae (Haavistu 68), Terekhov, Oper, Anniste, Reim, Zelinski (Ustritski 68). <BR>Subs Not Used: Tohver, Jurisson, Kristal. <BR>Att: 34,562. <BR>Ref: T Hauge (Norway)</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">.</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"><B>Croatia 1 Scotland 1</B><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Craig Brown&rsquo&#59;s bravehearts showed that reputation counts for nothing by claiming a gutsy point in Croatia. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">After Saturday&rsquo&#59;s hardships in San Marino, the Tartan Army were hailing their heroes in Zagreb as Kevin Gallacher&rsquo&#59;s first international goal in three years maintained the Scots&rsquo&#59; unbeaten start to Group Six. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">They had fallen behind to Alen Boksic&rsquo&#59;s early opener, but with a display fortified with steel and laced with no shortage of skill, they held a side that Brown had labelled the second best in Europe. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The only downside was the banishment from the dugout of the usually mild-mannered Brown in the second half, but by then he had seen his side come through their early storm in superb fashion. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">With a huge pitch on which to parade his skills, Robert Prosinecki was clearly in the mood to shine and after seven minutes he picked out Boksic with a pin-point free-kick only for the Middlesbrough man to head over from close range. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">It signalled the start of a tricky period for the Scots&rsquo&#59; central defensive pairing of Colin Hendry and Matt Elliott and both were relieved to see Bosko Balaban screw his shot wide two minutes later. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">But again the Scottish defence failed to heed the warning and on 16 minutes, they were finally punished when Boksic killed Daniel Stanic&rsquo&#59;s through ball with his left foot and then coolly beat Neil Sullivan with a right-foot finish. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The goal had an air of inevitability about it, but what was not expected by an enthusiastic Zagreb crowd &mdash&#59; boosted by the usual volume generated by the Tartan Army &mdash&#59; was the manner in which Scotland responded. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Typically, it was Hendry &mdash&#59; who cannot get in the Coventry side after being roasted by Boksic on the opening day of the Premiership season &mdash&#59; who led the fightback. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">His surge downfield was ended on the edge of the box but although the chance came to nothing, Croatia did not escape next time round. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Gary Naysmith stole possession before the pressure was relieved and released Jambo''s team-mate Colin Cameron down the left. Although he was floored by a hefty challenge from Igor Stimac, the Hearts man was first to his feet and spying Gallacher totally unmarked at the far post, cleverly squared for the Newcastle man to tap home from four yards. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><IMG align=right src="../title_images/000824_sullivan_main.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Gallacher almost fashioned an instant second when his cross was deflected inches wide of his own goal by Zvonomir Soldo and in truth, the half-time whistle stopped Scotland in their increasingly-confident stride. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Quite what happened at the start of the second half to earn Brown a lecture from the fourth official, no-one outside the Scottish dugout knew, but what was clear as the game restarted was that Prosinecki was not content to play second fiddle any longer. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The whiskered midfield wonder started the half by teeing up Boksic before Hendry whipped the ball off his toes and then almost restored his side''s lead on 59 minutes only to see his swerving 20-yard cross shot cannon back off the inside of Sullivan&rsquo&#59;s far post. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">It was then that Brown was ordered from the dugout and forced to watch the remainder of the match from the stands, but even at a distance he could have seen that his side were giving as good as they got. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Gallacher &mdash&#59; who was substituted on his 50th appearance against San Marino on Saturday &mdash&#59; was proving as industrious as Prosinecki is illustrious and he was involved again when the Scots came within millimetres of a shock second as Hutchison drilled his lay-off fractionally wide of the post. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Other than a couple of sporadic breaks led by the excellent Hutchison, that was the last real time the Scots were allowed to show their attacking hand. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">For the closing stages they were forced to show their defensive steel for long periods of time, but with Elliott and Hendry awesome, as well as being remarkably organised under pressure, Sullivan barely had a save to make. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">When Croatia did breakthrough the midfield buffer of Cameron, Naysmith and Craig Burley the two blond centre-backs were there to mop up any danger, Elliott epitomising a brave display with a superb last-ditch tackle on Balaban a minute from time. <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Croatia:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"> Pavlovic, D. Simic, Stimac, R. Kovac, Saric, Soldo (Biscan 46), Jarni (Zivkovic 46), Prosinecki, N. Kovac, Balaban, Boksic (Vugrenic 75).<BR>Subs Not Used: Pletikosa, Tudor, Cvitanovic, Jurcic.<BR>Booked: N. Kovac.<BR>Goals: Boksic 15.<BR><B>Scotland:</B> Sullivan, Weir, Elliott, Hendry, Boyd, Burley, Cameron, Hutchison, Naysmith, Gallacher, Johnston (Dickov 46), Dickov (Holt 90).<BR>Subs Not Used: Gould, Ritchie, O''Neil, Pressley, Burchill.<BR>Booked: Johnston, Dickov, Hutchison.<BR>Goals: Gallacher 24.</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Att: 30,000.<BR>Ref: Gilles Veissiere (France).</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;