Oleg Blokhin's team will contest the third-place play-off against Serbia and Montenegro, the under-strength Ukrainians having finally succumbed to their more composed visitors 5-3 in a shoot-out.
Despite the return of Serhiy Rebrov, Ukraine felt the absence of the unavailable Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Voronin and struggled to impress in attack. Even so, it was Oleh Venhlinskiy who came closest to breaking the deadlock only for the late intervention of Israel defender Tal Ben Haim to deny him.
Indeed, the Israelis – missing playmaker Yossi Benayoun but giving debuts to David Revivo, Salim Toema and Moshe Biton - defended resolutely. They were happy to sit back until the closing stages when some quick counterattacks culminated in Ukraine keeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy saving well from Abbass Swan from ten metres.
After the 90 minutes ended goalless, Shovkovskiy was outdone by his opposite number Nir Davidovitch, and the latter's team-mates Shimon Gershon, Toema, Swan, Alon Harazi and Adoram Keise who all converted their kicks. Keise's penalty proved the winning one after Andriy Husin saw his effort come back off the crossbar.
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