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World Cup qualifying: Ukraine beat Poland 1-0 to edge closer to qualification

Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:55pm

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Andriy Yarmolenko: Celebrates with his team-mates as Ukraine keep their World Cup dream alive

Andriy Yarmolenko: Celebrates with his team-mates as Ukraine keep their World Cup dream alive

Ukraine took a decisive step towards qualifying for the World Cup as they secured a vital 1-0 Group H win over Poland in Kiev.

What had been a four-team battle for progression from Group H now appears to be a case of where England and Ukraine will finish.

With England beating Montenegro to stay top, Ukraine's success - given to them by Andriy Yarmolenko's second-half goal - means they have 18 points and are three clear of third-placed Montenegro.

Only a failure to win against San Marino and Montenegro heavily beating Moldova can now stop Ukraine getting a play-off spot and, should England fail to see off Poland on Tuesday, they could still qualify automatically.

That is out of their hands, though, and they at least did their bit on Friday, pricing Poland out of the game in the process.

They had to resist an early Polish storm, fired up by star man Robert Lewandowki's pre-match rallying cry.

Lewandowski had urged Poland to take the game by the scruff of its neck in the build-up, and heeded his own warning early on, going close with a sixth-minute header.

Pressing

Ukraine responded by pressing on, with Yarmolenko nodding over and the same player then warming the palms of the in-form Artur Boruc.

Back came Poland with Kamil Glik seeing a header blocked, before Lewandowski gave Pyatov another sighter from 25 yards.

The Borussia Dortmund striker was closer with 37 minutes gone, curling just away from the goal from the edge of the box, but neither side was able to find the net before the interval.

Half-time was actually bad for the game, with the pace slowing down markedly after it, although Ukraine were left thankful of the change in speed as it allowed them to get a handle on things.

With more time to consider their options they fashioned the goal, with Yevhen Konoplyanka's cross perfect for Yarmolenko who cracked in with his left foot.

Poland were clearly frustrated given their World Cup hopes were passing them by, and when Lewandowski smashed over a free-kick and then header away from goal, it summed up how their night was going.

No further chances would come their way either, and they left the field knowing they would not be going to South America next summer.

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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 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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