Ukraine held by Moldova
Blokhin's side left to rue missed chances
Last Updated: 12/10/12 10:01pm
Ukraine: Forced to settle for a goalless stalemate
Ukraine had to settle for a goalless draw against lowly Moldova to add to the woes of a turbulent week.
Ukraine made the trip without coach Oleg Blokhin, who underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from a carotid artery earlier this week, days before he planned to step down anyway in order to return to Dynamo Kiev.
Blokhin's absence dominated the agenda in the build-up to the match and although the players had insisted it would not affect them, they certainly looked far from their best as they fluffed their chances to give Moldova a first point of the campaign.
Not that they did not create plenty of openings in a match that was one-way traffic throughout.
Roman Zozylya wasted some of the best, blazing over from close range midway through the first half and then heading against a post from Ruslan Rotan's 34th-minute free-kick.
Early in the second half, Stanislav Namasco pushed Denys Garmash's header around the post before Taras Mykhalyk wasted another close-range chance.
There was a late chance for Moldova, but Andrei Pyatov parried Alexandru Gatcan's shot away from danger.
Ukraine have two points from as many matches after their opening 1-1 draw with England.
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