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England Hold Ukraine To Scoreless Draw In Kiev

posted 10 Sep 2013, 14:41 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Sep 2013, 14:41 ]

Ukraine and England share the points with a 0-0 draw in their World Cup qualifying match.

 KIEVUKRAINE (SEPTEMBER 10, 2013) (KENTARO) -  England edged closer to next year's World Cup finals after a scrappy 0-0 draw in Ukraineon Tuesday (September 10) left the Group H leaders in pole position to secure a ticket to Brazil with two matches to play.

A point from an untidy match moved England on to 16 points, one ahead of Ukraine andMontenegro with Poland two points further back.

England 'keeper Joe Hart was fortunate not to concede a penalty inside the first 60 seconds when made contact low down with Roman Zozulya as the striker looked to meet a dangerous low cross, a corner rather than spot-kick awarded.

England also threatened early on with Steven Gerrard testing keeper Andriy Pyatov from long range and moments later the keeper had to come flying out of goal to clear the danger from Theo Walcott.

In the second half the best chance fell to left-sided midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka whose curling freekick from the edge of the box on 71 minutes deflected narrowly wide.

Then unmarked Ukraine defender Artem Fedetskiy wasted his side's best opening after 73 minutes when from six metres out he headed straight at Hart from a corner.

England welcome Montenegro to Wembley on Oct. 11, the same night Ukraine host Poland. In the concluding fixtures four days later, England host the Poles with Ukraine away at San Marino andMontenegro playing Moldova.