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Montenegro Montenegro vs Ukraine Ukraine

Montenegro 0

V Volkov (S/O 66)
S Pavicevic (S/O 79)

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Ukraine 4

R Zozulya (S/O 45+2)
D Garmash (51)
Y Konoplyanka (77)
A Fedetskiy (84)
R Bezus (90+3)

Ukraine blow Group H open

Last Updated: 07/06/13 10:25pm

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Ukraine: Romped to victory against Montenegro

Ukraine: Romped to victory against Montenegro

England manager Roy Hodgson watched Ukraine claim a 4-0 win over Montenegro - who are currently top of Group H.

Both teams are battling for a qualifying spot with England, and Hodgson had expressed his hope for a draw given that Montenegro led the group by two points.

But the victory for Ukraine has now brought them to within a point of his side with two games against minnows San Marino to come and Group H now looks wide open.

Although Hodgson will still be encouraged by the suspensions awaiting both teams and would also welcome fourth-placed Poland being surprisingly held by Moldova.

Ukraine had Roman Zozulya sent off in first-half stoppage time but took the lead six minutes after the restart through Denys Garmash.

Yevgen Konoplianka made it 2-0 in between the dismissals of Montenegro's Vladimir Volkov and Savo Pavicevic, and Artem Fedetskiy and late substitute Romas Bezus added further goals.

Ukraine started brightly and Konoplianka shot wide before Andriy Yarmolenko's effort was saved uncertainly by Mladen Bozovic.

But Montenegro twice went close to an opener in quick succession. First defender Ivan Kecojevic met Elsad Zverotic's free-kick but fired over from close range, then Mirko Vucinic cracked a right-foot shot against a post.

Vucinic had another effort tipped around the post by Andrei Pyatov before Ukraine came back into the game, Garmash shooting wide before Konoplianka's free-kick was parried by Pyatov.

And the visitors were also denied by the woodwork when Yarmolenko hit the upright from 12 yards out.

Pyatov repelled Vucinic's free-kick before, in the 47th minute of a lively first period, Zozulya was dismissed for violent conduct in an incident which also saw team-mate Fedetskiy and Montenegro's Vlad Bozovic booked.

Montenegro sought to take advantage early in the second half but Filip Kasalica shot wide.

And instead it was Ukraine who took the lead when Mladen Bozovic fumbled Yarmolenko's long-range shot and Garmash squeezed the rebound between the keeper and Kecojevic and in off the far post.

Pyatov saved from Vucinic before referee Manuel Graefe reduced the game to 10-a-side, showing Volkov a second yellow card for a foul on Yarmolenko.

Milorad Pekovic headed Zverotic's free-kick wide but Ukraine doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Yarmolenko set up Konoplianka to finish from 12 yards.

Pavicevic's frustration immediately got the better of him and he collected a second booking for a foul on Edmar.

Yarmolenko hit a post and, after Vucinic tested Pyatov at the other end, Fedetskiy made it 3-0 with Yarmolenko again the supplier.

Bezus was introduced as a substitute in the 91st minute but had time to make his presence felt with a goal two minutes later, firing home right-footed.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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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

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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

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4