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Bloomfield Stadium (ATT 4,000) 29th February 2012 - Kick off 17:00

Israel Israel vs Ukraine Ukraine

Israel 2

T Hemed (pen 56)
B Sahar (63)

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Ukraine 3

O Gusev (pen 17)
Y Konoplyanka (45)
A Yarmolenko (61)

Ukraine grab Israeli win

Co-hosts seal away success

Last Updated: 29/02/12 8:47pm

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Oleg Gusev: On target for Ukraine

Oleg Gusev: On target for Ukraine

Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine continued their build-up with a hard fought 3-2 win over Israel in Petach Tikva.

Oleg Gusev and Yevhen Konoplyanka had given the visitors a two-goal advantage at the break, but Israel battled back with Tomer Hemed reducing the deficit.

Andriy Yarmolenko's goal sealed the win, although Ben Sahar's goal made for a nervous finish for Ukraine - but they held on for the win as Eti Gutman suffered defeat in his first game in charge of Israel.

A scrappy opening to the match saw neither side dominate, but then Rami Gershon conceded a penalty and Gusev made no mistake from 12-yards.

Ukraine them dominated for the remainder of the half and they doubled their lead just before the break when Konoplyanka capitalised on a mistake by Yuval Shpungin.

It should of been 3-0 on the stroke of half-time, but Andriy Voronin failed to convert after an error from Dedi Ben-Dayan.

Israel improved in the second period and they won a penalty of their own with Vitaliy Mandzuk handling the ball and Hemed stepped up to convert.

Ukraine restored their two-goal advantage on the hour when Yarmolenko latched on to Olexander Aliev's through ball and finished well.

Sahar combined with Maor Melikson to set up a nervous finish for Ukraine, but they held on.

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