Ukrainian Premier League week 22 updateBy: sasha | April 8th, 2009
Week 22 of the Ukrainian Premier League continued after the international break with Dynamo Kyiv extending its lead to a near insurmountable twelve points as they defeated Metalurh Donetsk 2-0. Ukraine international Olexander Aliev converted from the spot just before the break with Ognjen Vukojević adding the second ten minutes into the new half.(for a full match report please visit Yevy’s Dynamo Kyiv blog).
Metalurh Zaporizhya pulled off the upset of the weekend as they defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 with Dmytro Nevmyvaka scoring the only goal of the match five minutes in as he headed in a perfect long cross in from the edge of the six-yard box. Shakhtar had numerous opportunities to score but couldn’t find a way in.
Metalist Kharkiv closed the gap on Shakhtar by defeating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-2, who played half the match down a man after Yevhen Borovyk was shown a straight red before the break. Marko Devic gave Metalist the lead nine minutes in as he headed-in a cross into the box with Olexiy Bielik leveling the match for Dnipro fourteen minutes later. Jackson Coelho gave Metalist the lead at the half hour with a perfectly placed free-kick followed with Devic second goal of the day as he connected from the spot at the break. Down a man Dnipro fought back and brought the match to within one three minutes after the hour via Ruslan Rotan’s long set-piece into the box that somehow avoided all contact before bouncing into the net.(for a full match report please visit Yevy’s Dynamo Kyiv blog).
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih defeating Zorya Luhansk 2-1. Ervin Bulku opened the scoring for Kryvbas at the eighth minute with Ukraine U-21 Olexiy Antonov bringing the match level three minutes later. Olexandr Maxymov scored the winner with a quarter of a hour remaining.
Illichivets pulled off an incredible comeback scoring twice late in the match to beat Vorskla Poltava 3-2. Nikolay Kashevsky opened the scoring for Illichivets fifteen minutes in after a defensive giveaway by Vorskla in their own end. Jovan Markoski squared the match nine minutes before the break as he headed in a cross into the box. The stunning finish to match came with three minutes remaining Andriy Oberemko found the mark as he headed the ball in from the center of the six yard area. However Illichivets earned only its fourth win of the year as Dmytro Vorobei scoring the winner in added time.
Kharkiv defeated Karpaty Lviv 2-0 as Ruslan Hunchak scored from the spot eighteen minutes in and Ruslan Platon added an insurance goal with five minutes remaining.
Tavriya Simferopol defeated Chornomorets Odessa 2-0. Olexander Kovpak connected from the spot six minutes before the break with Ici Idahor adding the second with eleven minutes left on the clock
Finally Arsenal Kyiv and Lviv played to a goalless draw.
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