Ukraine beat Saudi Arabia 4-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Andriy Shevchenko scored his first World Cup goal on Monday to lead Ukraine to a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Group H.

Ukraine beat Saudi Arabia 4-0

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Andriy Shevchenko scored his first World Cup goal on Monday to lead Ukraine to a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Group H.Shevchenko scored with a header from Maxim Kalinichenko's set piece in the 46th minute, barely 30 seconds after halftime.Shevchenko, only recently back from a nagging knee injury, appeared in much better form than in Ukraine's loss to Spain, where he failed to make a single decent shot.Andriy Rusol, Serhiy Rebrov and Kalinichenko also scored, giving Ukraine three points in the group.Rusol got the first goal off Kalinichenko's corner in the fourth minute, knocking the ball in off his left knee. Rebrov added the second in the 36th with a 35-meter shot. Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mabrouk Zayed might have reached it on time but slipped on the wet grass, letting the ball into the top corner.Kalinichenko scored in the 84th to complete a turnaround after Ukraine lost its opener against Spain 4-0.The victory came on the anniversary of Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin's first World Cup goal 24 years ago in the Soviet Union's 3-0 victory over New Zealand. His second came four years later in their 2-0 loss to Canada.Ukraine is the first former-Soviet republic to qualify for the World Cup since Russia, which played in 1994 and 2002.Blokhin knew his team had to go on the offensive in the absence of two key defenders. The team lost Volodymyr Yesersky to a thigh injury as well as Vladyslav Vashchyuk, who had to complete a one-game suspension for a red card he received against Spain.Saudi Arabia Prince Sultan bin Fahd watched the match from the VIP box. (AP)



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