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World Cup qualifier: England claim 0-0 draw with Ukraine to remain top of Group H

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @graemebailey.   Last Updated: 11/09/13 8:16am

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Frank Lampard won 100th cap and went closest to scoring for England

Frank Lampard won 100th cap and went closest to scoring for England

England remain top of World Cup qualifying Group H after claiming a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Ukraine in Kiev.

On a night of few chances it was the home side who perhaps edged it, but the England defence - brilliantly marshalled by Chelsea's Gary Cahill - stood firm.

Ukraine had the oustanding player on the night in the shape of winger Yevhen Konoplyanka and he went closest to opening the scoring with his free-kick with 20 minutes left but it deflected just inches wide off Phil Jagielka.

On his 100th appearance for his country, Frank Lampard had a real chance in the finalminute with England's best opportunity but he headed wide.

England now know that victory in their final two qualifying games with Montenegro and Poland, both at Wembley in October, will seal their place at the World Cup finals.

It was clear from before the kick-off that Ukraine were going to make it tough for England in every way possible - and they did.

Just 50 seconds had gone when England's number one Joe Hart chopped down Roman Zozulya while diving for a deflected cross, but luckily for England no penalty was given.

The penalty shout was the starting pistol for a helter skelter of an opening 10 minutes.

Buoyed by early pressure and Ukraine took aim at the England box. Hart flapped again as he failed to communicate with Cahill properly.

Pressure

Ukraine camped out on the edge of the England box, probing the back four, but Cahill and Jagielka held strong.

Ukraine's drive forward left them vulnerable at the back and Theo Walcott exploited the space in a rare England attack when he raced into the box and tested Andriy Pyatov before Cahill sent a header over soon after.

Captain Steven Gerrard then misjudged a cross-field pass to allow Fedetskiy a free header at the back post but he wasted the opportunity and England breathed again.

Ukraine's early enthusiasm started to wane, allowing England more time on the ball, but the visitors failed to test Pyatov.

Gerrard sent a 25-yard curler just over and Lampard crashed a long-range free-kick well over.

The hosts bombed forward early on after the break through the crafty Konoplyanka. He found Fedetskiy at the back post with a curling cross but the defender's header was poor.

Konoplyanka fired another cross over to find Andriy Yarmolenko, but the forward tried to play a clever one-two with Gusiev that did not come off.

The Ukraine players demanded a penalty when Kyle Walker barged over Zozulya, but luckily for England the foul occurred just outside the box.

Fedetskiy had a brilliant chance to put Ukraine ahead when he jumped clear of his marker in the box but he miscued his header.

Then in added time and new centurion man Lampard had England's best chance of the night but he headed wide from eight yards as Ukraine failed to deal with Kyle Walker's long throw.

Ukraine joined the inactive Montenegro a point behind Roy Hodgson's team in Group H while Poland were two points further back after they eased past San Marino 5-1 - Piotr Zielinski netting twice for the visitors.

UkraineTeam StatisticsEngland
0Goals0
01st Half Goals0
1Shots on Target2
3Shots off Target3
3Blocked Shots3
9Corners7
16Fouls14
1Offsides1
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
77.9Passing Success73.8
15Tackles13
80Tackles Success69.2
53.4Possession46.6
45.6Territorial Advantage54.4
408Total Passes351
21Total Crosses17
145Lost Balls142
56Recoveries48
53.81st Half Poss.46.2
53.82nd Half Poss.46.2

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Matches

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    Tue 10th Sep - Group B
    Tue 10th Sep - Group C
    Tue 10th Sep - Group E
    Tue 10th Sep - Group I
    Tue 10th Sep - Group D
    Tue 10th Sep - Group A
    Tue 10th Sep - Group H

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 and Herzegovina 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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