Ukraine put nine past San Marino as they prepare for England
Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:11pm
Yevgen Khacheridi scored twice in rout of San Marino
Ukraine sent a stark warning to England ahead of next week's vital World Cup qualifier in Kiev as they took San Marino apart on Friday night.
While beating San Marino is the minimum expectation whenever a side plays the minnows, Ukraine were ruthless in their work and could have done little else to prove they are ready for the arrival of Roy Hodgson's men.
Ukraine, England, Montenegro and Poland are locked in a tight four-way battle for the top spot in Group H and next week's clash is destined to be pivotal.
Mykhaylo Fomenko's men certainly look sharp and their goals were well spread around in this clash, with Marko Devic, Yevhen Seleznyov, Edmar, Yevhen Khacheridi (two), Yevgen Konoplianka, Roman Bezus, Artem Fedetskiy and Yaroslav Rakitskiy all on target.
Despite San Marino's low standing some sides have found them initially hard to break down, but Ukraine had no such problems.
Eleven minutes were on the clock when Artem Fedetskiy played in Marko Devic for the opener, while Yevgen Konoplianka maintained the pressure with a shot which went close.
Fedetskiy then drew a save from Federico Valentini and it was no surprise when Seleznyov slotted in a 26th-minute second.
Andriy Yarmolenko cracked a drive against the post in the pursuit of more goals and a third arrived when Edmar tucked in (33).
It was as seamless as Ukraine could have hoped for and as half-time arrived, Konoplianka's corner was perfect for Khacheridi who headed in.
Konoplianka made sure no momentum was lost after the half-time break as he made it five with a low finish (51), before Khacheridi added a sixth with a tap-in.
Bezus slotted in a seventh from the edge of the area and Fedetskiy took in Oleg Gusev's pass before making it eight with 15 minutes left.
There was still time for more, too, with Rakitskiy curling in a brilliant injury-time free-kick.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 6th Sep - Group F
Russia4 - 1Luxembourg
N Ireland2 - 4Portugal
Fri 6th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan2 - 1Faroe Islands
Rep Ireland1 - 2Sweden
Germany3 - 0Austria
Fri 6th Sep - Group B
Czech Rep1 - 2Armenia
Malta1 - 2Denmark
Italy1 - 0Bulgaria
Fri 6th Sep - Group A
Macedonia2 - 1Wales
Serbia1 - 1Croatia
Scotland0 - 2Belgium
Fri 6th Sep - Group E
Norway2 - 0Cyprus
Slovenia1 - 0Albania
Switzerland4 - 4Iceland
Fri 6th Sep - Group H
Ukraine9 - 0San Marino
Poland1 - 1Montenegro
England4 - 0Moldova
Fri 6th Sep - Group D
Turkey5 - 0Andorra
Romania3 - 0Hungary
Estonia2 - 2Netherlands
Fri 6th Sep - Group G
Latvia2 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia0 - 1Slovakia
Liechtenstein0 - 1Greece
Fri 6th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 0France
Finland0 - 2Spain
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
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