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Warsaw National Stadium (ATT 55,000) 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Kralovec

Poland Poland vs Ukraine Ukraine

Poland 1

L Piszczek (18)

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Ukraine 3

A Yarmolenko (2)
O Gusev (7)
R Zozulya (45)

Ukraine win to boost hopes

Ukraine claim 3-1 win in Poland to climb to third in Group H

Last Updated: 22/03/13 10:28pm

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Andriy Yarmolenko: Scored an early opener for Ukraine

Andriy Yarmolenko: Scored an early opener for Ukraine

Ukraine claimed their first victory in World Cup qualifying Group H by beating their Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland on a thrilling night in Warsaw.

The visitors had failed to win a competitive game since beating Sweden at last summer's tournament but a double salvo from Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleg Gusev put them on the right track.

Lukasz Piszczek ensured a few nervous minutes when he notched Poland's only goal but Roman Zozulya made the points safe for Ukraine on the stroke of half-time.

The goal difference swing saw Ukraine jump up to third in Group H and push Poland into fourth place behind England and Montenegro with Moldova dropping to fifth.

Ukraine boss Mykhaylo Fomenko's quest for a first win looked to be over when his side took a quickfire two-goal lead.

After just two minutes Yarmolenko opened the scoring in style with a curling shot from outside the area.

Poland struggled to close their ranks and Gusev promptly doubled Ukraine's advantage with a screamer from 25 yards.

Squeezed home

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski could only head into Andrei Pyatov's gloves but in the 18th minute Piszczek squeezed the ball home from Jakub Blaszczykowski's free-kick.

Blaszczykowski fancied a goal of his own but his left-footed volley sailed over the crossbar.

Poland would live to regret that missed opportunity as Ukraine pulled two goals clear again just before the break.

This time Yarmolenko's header from just outside the area found Zozulya perfectly placed to volley home with aplomb.

An attritional period followed the half-time interval but the game jolted back to life as Pyatov parried Ludovic Obraniak's fierce right-footed effort on the hour mark.

Ukraine answered that baring of teeth immediately through Gusev, whose shot was tipped round a post by Artur Boruc.

The Southampton goalkeeper stood even taller to keep Vyacheslav Shevchuk's close-range effort out of his net but he could only close his eyes and hope as Gusev spooned over the bar from six yards.

Lewandowski's late attempt at mounting a comeback raised few eyebrows, though, and Ukraine climbed into third place.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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