The decisive matches of the Russian national football team: Russia – Ukraine – drama in Luzhniki, as it was, Shevchenko-Filimonov’s goal
The qualifying round for Euro 2000 is the most contrasting and controversial in the history of the Russian national team. In just a year with a small country, she experienced the whole gamut of feelings – from deep despondency to euphoria. She was driven back into depression by the very same goal named after Shevchenko-Filimonov. The match with Ukraine with a gap between the top of the strongest shocks of football in Russia and is annually remembered on October 9 in various interpretations. And we will return to it without reference to a date – in a series about the key games of the national team. She will soon have another “match of the year” – in Croatia.
“Karpin said he will not give compensation.” How Russia first flew past the World Cup
Byshovets lost six matches out of six. After three rounds, only Andorra was below Russia
Anatoly Byshovets was the last coach of the USSR national team and the only one – the CIS national team. The national team of the Russian Federation was not enough for a complete set, and six years after Euro 1992, the Olympic Seoul closed this gestalt. True, this time he served his homeland for a short time and unsuccessfully. Instead of a triumphant return, there was a deafening fiasco.
Perhaps, if the coach had more time, he would have left a deeper mark on the recent history of the national team. But the RFU allowed Boris Ignatiev to complete his contract to the end after not reaching the 1998 World Cup (they lost to Italy at the joints), and Byshovets had to hurry to check the candidates and convey his non-trivial ideas to them.
The first thing that the BAF did was to “rehabilitate” all legionnaires who, for one reason or another, had lost the trust of their predecessor. Byshovets returned the trinity of Kharin – Shalimov – Kiryakov, who were exposed after Euro-1996 by the main jerks of Rosfootball, in full force. After a one and a half year pause, Karpin and Mostov joined the team. Even the hero of Seoul, Dobrovolsky, in his 32nd year, got a chance to restart his career in the national team. According to the names, the compiler has gathered a decent one. Why with the results came out the seams, probably, Byshovets himself will not say.
They lost to everyone in a row – not otherwise than the otherworldly forces rebelled against the Light. Jokes aside, there really was something irrational in this episode. Ironically, Byshovets suffered his first defeat in qualifying for Euro 2000 in his native Kiev, where he took place as a great (without the slightest irony) footballer. And then the failures clung to one another: Spain (freight train), France, Iceland …
The table of the fourth group after three rounds is sur. Russia – 0 points and fifth place (below only Andorra).
The game in Brazil in November, it seems, was not needed by either the hosts or the guests. Romantsev did not even let the Spartacists go to Salvador. But the old agreements between the federations had to be fulfilled. The Russians in the strangest line-up received five balls from the vice-champions of the world, and this story of Byshovets in the national team ended. It lasted only six months and contained six defeats in six matches. A brutal blow to the ambitions of the Olympic champion.
Romantsev succeeded more in the second run into the national team. Its results, in contrast to last year’s, looked fantastic, a miracle – whatever you call it. Real chances of a trip to Benelux. For a direct entry to the Euro, one more was needed – over Ukraine. Or at least a draw for France combined with a non-win against Iceland.
Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”
For 13 minutes Russia led the group and went directly to Euro 2000 – until Filimonov missed his most hated goal
Over the past 22 years, millions of symbols have been written about the “match of the century” at Luzhniki. For a change, we will restore it in the quotes of the commentator Viktor Gusev. Although the most memorable remark was then given by his partner Andrei Golovanov.
Russia – Ukraine – 1: 1
Russia: Filimonov, Khlestov, Khokhlov, Smertin, Alenichev, Drozdov, Onopko (k), Karpin, Titov, Panov (Semak, 79), Tikhonov (Beschastnykh, 61).
Trainer: Oleg Romantsev.
Ukraine: Shovkovsky, Luzhny (k), Mizin, Golovko, Vashchuk, Dmitrulin (Kovalev, 75), Maksimov (Moroz, 77), Gusin, Skachenko (Mikitin, 41), Shevchenko, Rebrov.
Trainer: Jozsef Szabo.
Goals: 1: 0 Karpin (75), 1: 1 Shevchenko (88).
October 9, 1999 Moscow. Luzhniki Olympic Stadium. 78 600 spectators.
0 ‘The stadium is packed. In the “VIPs” the prime ministers of the Russian Federation and Putin and Pustovoitenko. The “Patriotic Song” sounds without words as the anthem of Russia. Alcoholic beer advertisements are still allowed on TV, and smoking is allowed on coaching benches. Romantsev smiles one cigarette after another. Nervous.
Gusev: “Russian public television starts broadcasting the match, which was previously named historical. Match of the fourth qualifying group of the European Championship. Last match. Decisive. “
3 ‘Skachenko step is not enough to close Luzhny’s chamber directly opposite the gate.
Gusev: “For a long time, the newspaper’s specialists wondered who would be attached to Shevchenko – either Smertin or Khlestov. It turns out that Lokomotiv footballer Yuri Drozdov is playing against him. It is the six of our team, Drozdov, who have now simply stuck to Shevchenko. “
former Russian national team midfielder
“I learned about it [персональном задании] for installation in Luzhniki, two hours before the match. Romantsev named the composition, specified details. How to behave with Shevchenko, I am still in theoretical classes approximately – to play closer, not to allow the ball to be received, to run away. I think he coped with his task – he had no chances from the game. And on the whole, we had an advantage, created a sharpness, After Karpin’s goal it seemed: just a little more – and we will win. And then this ridiculous goal … “
“The boss went into the locker room:“ Another game like that – I’ll break the backs of everyone! ”
7 ‘The only striker of the Russian national team Panov earns a corner.
Gusev: “Let’s come to an agreement with you, Andrei, and our dear viewers: we will not, no matter what happens, praise our team. God forbid to jinx it. So do not be surprised at our dryness in this regard. “
17 ‘Tikhonov flies into the penalty area on the left flank – a sharp chamber interrupts Mizin.
Gusev: “And now there is some kind of panic, a commotion in the penalty area of Ukraine. By the way, I looked into the way: commotion is a primordial Ukrainian word. In our opinion – fright. “
22 ‘Rebrov from six meters shoots past.
Gusev: “Yes, my heart skipped a beat … Sergei Rebrov was beating near the bar in the fall. There is a lot of attention to Andriy Shevchenko, but next to him is the same brilliant forward. “
32 ‘After Shevchenko’s pass with a free kick from the left edge, almost from the point that is used to score at the end, and hitting Mizin Onopko takes the ball out of the empty net.
Gusev: “Feed! .. Oh my God. How missed Mizin! .. “
38 ‘Tikhonov hooks the ball over Shovkovsky, Panov misses the best moment of the half, punching his head over the crossbar with one and a half meters.
Cover of the newspaper “Soviet Sport”
Gusev: “Panov was a little too tall! Oh, that was great … “
75 ‘Dmitrulin in a semicircle in front of the penalty area grabs the hands of Panov, and Karpin stitches through the Ukrainian wall from the standard. The ball, flying between Golovko and Rebrov, is screwed into the net.
Gusev: “Goal! Goal! Valery Karpin opens the scoring in today’s match! Firecrackers, firecrackers over Luzhniki! We are leading 1: 0 in the match with Ukraine! Valery Karpin, the hero of the qualifying cycle, had his say in this match. That’s it, not a word of compliments. “
A quarter of an hour before the end of the matches in Moscow and Paris, the Russian national team goes to Euro 2000 directly, ahead of Ukraine in points, and France in terms of the goal difference.
Group 4 Online Table as of 9:30 PM October 9, 1999
- Russia – 21 points (goal difference +11)
- France – 21 (+7)
- Ukraine – 19
- Iceland – 15
- Armenia – 8
- Andorra – 0
The leadership of the Russian team lasted 13 minutes. Only 13 minutes for the entire qualifying cycle.
88 ‘Smertin on the right edge of the defense directs the ball into the penalty area …
Golovanov: “The ball will be transferred to the penalty area for sure.”
Gusev: “There Luzhny is pulling his hand. Luzhny is all alone! Completely alone! Filimonov! ”
Golovanov: “Aaaa … my God!”
Gusev: “And Filimonov throws the ball into his own. Yes, we were waiting for Shevchenko’s goal. They hoped that he would not be. But that the goal will be like this … Filimonov caught the ball and, in fact, flew into his own net with it ”.
The same goal of Shevchenko Filimonov
“Filimonov was verbally abused by children of 10-12 years old. I don’t know such words ”
90 + 4 ‘Final whistle.
Gusev: “That’s it. A draw, which for us is equal to defeat. What to do. Misfortune, failure. One way or another, the Russian team does not qualify for the European Championship in Belgium and Holland. “
Premieres of Ukraine and Russia Pustovoitenko and Putin at the match
“Now I have one desire – to leave football,” – threw upset Romantsev after the match. But even after the press conference, the journalists did not let go of the coach for a very long time. It is easy to guess which surname was leaning there most furiously.
former coach of the Russian national team
“If during the training camp Nigmatullin or someone from the second team convinced me that he was ready better than Filimonov, then this goalkeeper would have stood. Unfortunately, Nigmatullin looked very weak in training. Filimonov was stronger … In my opinion, this is some kind of rock. Well, how can a goalkeeper of this class not catch such a ball ?! “
“Sport Express” slapped the goalkeeper with a two, and the cheerleader hate pursued him throughout his career. Only many years later did it become different: in those days Filimonov was not quite up to football: his wife and girlfriend became pregnant at the same time – the situation! It is strange that the head coach did not know about this. Otherwise, I would probably trust the highly experienced Cherchesov. And thus would have saved Filimonov from the most intrusive ghost of the past …
Romantsev took Russia to the 2002 World Cup from first place. Filimonov finished at 28 but played football until 44
Naturally, Romantsev did not quit football, the national team, or Spartak. Although at the end of the year, Oleg Ivanovich was also depressed by his native club: having gained only a point in three rounds of the Champions League, the red and white did not make it to the second group round. However, in the eyes of the country, the OIR still remained a hero, almost a wizard. After the 1999 super series (7 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats), the question of changing the main one in the national team was not even raised. The extension of the “federal” powers of Romantsev looked like the only correct decision on the part of the RFU.
“Not a single call from Spartak in 20 years.” Where is the famous goalkeeper Filimonov now?
The new qualifying round includes all participants in the landmark match with Ukraine. All but one. Filimonov will return to the national team in 7.5 months and only as a spare. In the summer of 2002, he will go to the World Cup in Japan and Korea as the second or third number, and at the age of 28 he will actually end his international career. But for the clubs it will play out to 44.