Andorra 0-6 Ukraine: Ukrainians Secure World Cup Play-Off Spot With Emphatic Win

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The Yellow-Blues enter the playoffs as a lower seed.

Ukraine enter the World Cup 2010 European play-offs after overcoming Andorra in the Pyrenees.

This win sees the Eastern European side finish second behind England, edging out Croatia for the runners-up spot.

After 24 minutes of one-way traffic, the yellow-blues took the lead. Oleg Gusev played a neat one-two with Andrei Shevchenko, who in turn finished in emphatic fashion from the edge of the area.

There were no more goals in the first half, and despite constant pressure the second goal didn’t come until the hour mark. Sergiy Nazarenko took advantage of a sleeping home defence to play a through ball to Gusev, who struck home with ease.

Twenty minutes from time Ildefons Lima was on the scoresheet, but sadly for him it was at the wrong end of the pitch. The former Rayo Vallecano man headed into his own net by beating ‘Sheva’ to a Sergiy Nazarenko cross.

Defeat turned into a rout as ten minutes from time Yaroslav Rakitskyy netted a fourth with a superb long-range drive, and then Yevgen Zeleznov made it five one minute later with an audacious lob.

That wasn’t all: Andriy Yarmolenko scored in the 83rd minute to

Thus Andorra finish the group stage with zero points. Ukraine will now eagerly await Monday’s play-off draw.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on October 14, 2009.

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